Zagorski štrukli

Zagorski štrukli is a Croatian traditional dish which originates from the northern parts of Croatia (Hrvatsko Zagorje). It is made of dough and cottage cheese filling. Štrukli can be either sweet or salty, cooked or baked and the preparation is the same. The dish can be served as an appetizer, soup, main dish or dessert. In 2007, the dish was added to the list of Croatia’s intangible cultural heritage.


to make the dough

  • 5 cups of flour
  • little bit of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 spoons of oil
  • 3 cups of water

 to make the filling

  • 1kg of cottage cheese
  • 1 – 2 cups of sour cream
  • 2 – 3 eggs
  • little bit of salt

before baking

  • lard
  • 5 l cooking cream


  1. Mix flour, salt, eggs, oil and water until the mixture is smooth, without any dollops.
  2. Spread the flour on the work surface and knead the dough on it.
  3. Put some oil on the dough, then put it in the plastic bag and let it sit for 2 to 3 hours in the fridge.
  4. Put the flour on a tablecloth and then stretch the dough on it but be careful not to make any holes in it.
  5. Pour melted butter on dough.
  6. To make the filling, mix all of the ingredients together and then spread the filling randomly on dough.
  7. Use the tablecloth to roll the dough. Moist the ends with water so it doesn’t break.
  8. Cut the dough as shown in the picture.
  9. Put the dough into boiling water.
  10. When done, put it in a pan that you previously greased with lard and pour the cooking cream on top.
  11. Bake 30 – 40min at 200°C until golden brown.

Optional: Sour white soup with štrukli

Strain the water (1.5 liters of water) in which you cooked štrukli and add some salt as desired, a little bit of pepper, and some chopped garlic and cook it on low heat 5 to 10 minutes. Then mix in 1.5 dl of sour cream and 1 tablespoon of parsley. Serve by adding some štrukli in soup.

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