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Dan državnosti - Mlinci from Croatia

Since 2019, Dan državnosti is the official National Day of Croatia and a public holiday occuring every year on May 30, to celebrate the constitution of the first modern multi-party Croatian Parliament in 1990.

While there are no strict or established forms of celebration associated with the holiday, it is usually marked by family reunions, picnics, barbecues and by parades on quinquennial or decennial anniversaries. Typical state activities on the occasion involve speeches by the President of Croatia and other dignitaries, as well as commemoration of the Croatian War of Independence.

Like the country itself, Croatian cuisine has absorbed multiple influences, from the highlights of the Mediterranean diet to the hearty fare of Eastern Europe. Add the bounties of the Adriatic Sea, and you have one of the most remarkable arrays of gastronomic riches.

Croatian food is so heterogenous that it can be divided into several distinct regional cuisines – Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Lika, Gorski Kotar, Istria, Zagorje, Međimurje, Podravina, and Slavonija. Each region has its own distinct characteristics and cooking traditions though most dishes can usually be found throughout the country.

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Mlinci are one of Croatia's best comfort foods...

Croatian Army Captain Ivan Horvat raves about Mlinci with Roast Turkey, when asked about his favourite National Dish. "Mlinci are one of Croatia's best comfort foods. They are our authentic pasta, and we know how sumptuous anything pasta-like can be."

Family gatherings at the coldest time of year, especially at Christmas time, cannot pass without the smells of crispy and soft turkey with Mlinci, which makes the mouth of every guest water.

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It takes a multi-step process to make genuine Mlinci, consisting of only 3 ingredients: flour, salt and water. Their exquisite taste and texture should come from the way they are cooked and from the roasting juices they are served with.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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Typical state activities on the occasion involve speeches by the President of Croatia and other dignitaries, as well as commemoration of the Croatian War of Independence.
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Croatian food is so heterogenous that it can be divided into several distinct regional cuisines – Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Lika, Gorski Kotar, Istria, Zagorje, Međimurje, Podravina, and Slavonija. Each region has its own distinct characteristics and cooking traditions though most dishes can usually be found throughout the country.
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Family gatherings at the coldest time of year, especially at Christmas time, cannot pass without the smells of crispy and soft turkey with Mlinci, which makes the mouth of every guest water.

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