6. Idrijski žlikrofi – stuffed dumplings from Idrija
Idrijski žlikrofi or Idrija dumplings originating from Idrija with its surroundings are well known traditional Slovenian food. They are prepared from home-made noodle dough, filled with potato stuffing and have a characteristic shape. Preparation is based on an old recipe that was described in the mid-19th century.
These filled pastas used to be cooked by housewives for their husbands who worked in a mine nearby. Nowadays, stuffed dumplings from Idrija are officially protected by a geographical origin, mainly because of their specific production and a unique recipe.
Idrija dumplings are stuffed inside with:
- Fat: crackling pork fat or minced lard and smoked bacon
- Spices: chopped marjoram, chives, black pepper, and salt
Idrija dumplings are similar in shape to ravioli, but are made from two thin layers of pasta that are pressed together and hold the stuffing in the middle. Preparation requires some skill, as the dimensions of a true žlikrof are well-defined, such as 3 centimeters in length and 2 centimeters in height.
Stuffed dumplings are cooked in water and served as a warm appetizer, side dish or one-course meal. Delicious Slovenian food from Idrija can be dressed with lamb and vegetable sauce, which the locals also call “bakalca”. However, bakalca can be made from mutton with sauce or rabbit meat.