Pasticada, Dalmatian-style Pot Roast Recipe
Pasticada, Dalmatian-style Pot Roast
Flavors of Croatia
Total time: more than 2 hours

Prep. time: 15 minutes
Marinating time: 12 hours
Cooking time: About 3 hours

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

This is a traditional Christmas eve recipe in Dalmatia.

As with any braised meat dish, the longer it is cooked, the more tender and flavorful the meat will be. This technique allows you to prepare the dish in advance and let it sit on a very low flame, or to be reheated the next day. 


- 2.5 kg (5 lb.) beef (top round)
- 350 g (12 oz.) smoked bacon
- 3-4 onions, thinly sliced
- 300 g (10 oz.) each parsnips and carrots
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 350 g (12 oz.) tomatoes, peeled and quartered
- 350 g (12 oz.) celery
- 8 prunes
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 2 tsp. strong prepared mustard
- Olive oil
- Bay leaf, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper
  1. Wash the meat and pat dry. Cut the bacon into matchsticks. Chop the onion and garlic.
  2. Cut the vegetables into small strips.
  3. Pierce the beef with a sharp knife at regular intervals and insert slivers of garlic into and around the meat.
  4. Place the beef into a large non-reactive pan; cover with the wine. Add the chopped onion, thyme, bay leaf, rosemary, pepper and diced celery to the pan. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours.


  1. Heat the oil and place the beef (alone) into the pan with the oil. Brown the meat briskly and remove from the pan.
  2. Add the contents from the marinade to the oil and fry briskly. Add the browned meat, peeled tomatoes, prunes and remaining ingredients to the pan.
  3. Mix well and cook for 2-3 hours, reducing the heat to a simmer after it comes to an initial boil.
  4. Remove the meat and slice. Strain the juice from pan and serve as sauce.
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