BEST LOCAL FOOD: Žganci in Zgornje Jezersko

BEST LOCAL FOOD: Žganci in Zgornje Jezersko

While staying in Zgornje Jezersko, we visited Tourist farm Šenk Homestead (Šenkova domačija). The farm is considered one of the oldest homesteads in Jezersko with engraved year 1517 above the doorframe of the main building.

Here’s what we had for lunch!

Traditional Slovene “žganci” 

Translated to English, ajdovi žganci would be termed as “buckwheat spoonbread”. It is a national Slovene dish. Balthasar Hacquet (1739–1815) mentions that žganci was served with sauerkraut in Upper Carniola. The oldest preparation method explains the word žganci.

The word žganci is derived from the Slovenian verb žgati meaning “to burn” or “to toast”. Ajdovi žganci are served together with obaras, meat sauces, sauerkraut,  various sausages. The ingredients may vary through different regions.

In general the main ingredients are:

  • buckwheat flour

  • water

  • salt

  • cracklings

  • oil or grease

and in some cases potatoes are mixed in.

We would recommend everyone to try them while in Slovenia! We had žganci with soured milk and with obara – meat sauce. These were the best žganci with the view so far!

Šenk’s Homestead is a cosy place, with some of the BEST VIEWS in Slovenia!

Šenkova domačija

By Marijana Podhraski (@mari_podhraski) / Twitter

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