Roast potato as an independent dish
Since the 19th century, the most widely known and popular dish in Slovenia, especially on Saturdays and Sundays, and eaten during the week as well, has been roast potatoes. Roast potatoes are also a mandatory dish for a typical lunch in the capital of Slovenia. If you wish to try really good roast potatoes, then visit one of the Jezeršek restaurants. They use the Bellarosa potato variety, which has red skin and yellow flesh. It was selected at an internal competition in which it was the winner among five different varieties in the category of Jezeršek roast potato. The Jezeršek family buys potato from local suppliers. And what is their recommended recipe for delicious roast potato?
Jezeršek roast potato
- brown onion
- dry pork cracklings
- beef soup
Cook the potato in its skin, then peel it, allow it to cool and slice it thinly. Sauté the finely chopped brown onion in oil and add dry cracklings. When the cracklings start to sizzle, add the cooled sliced potato. Then start roasting. First, add the soup so that the potato soaks in all the good qualities of the beef soup. The potato will then form a crust, which will create the right flavour together with the starch, cracklings and sweet onion. Potato prepared in this way does not need anything else (e.g. meat). Be generous with the onion and cracklings.
Roast potatoes as a distinct dish
Since 2001, the Society for the Recognition of Roasted Potatoes as a Distinct Dish has been organising the annual World Roast Potato Festival, where visitors can taste this potato dish prepared in over a hundred ways. The festival usually takes place in September, and is held in a different place every year.
In 2022, the festival will be hosted by Bled.
The Society is also responsible for the erection of a potato monument, which can be seen in Šenčur, a place that is said to be the home to the most potato farmers in Slovenia. The monument to this venerable tuber is also a monument to Empress Maria Theresa, who introduced mandatory potato planting in Slovenian crown lands during her reign in the 18th century.