If you are visiting Croatian coast and the cities such as Split, Dubrovnik, Makarska or Sibenik you must try the original dish called Pašticada. It is a stewed beef dish cooked in special sauce. It requires long and meticulous preparation: first, the meat is pierced and stuffed with garlic, cloves, carrot and bacon, then salted and marinated in vinegar overnight. The marinated beef is then roasted and cooked with roasted bacon, onions, parsley root, nutmeg, prunes, tomato paste, water and prosek up to five hours, depending on meat. After cooking, the vegetables are blended into a sauce. In Dalmatia, it is a meal for important feasts, including weddings. It is usually served with gnnochi or homemade pasta.
In the Dalmatian village of Big Hill, on the foothills of Biokovo above the coastal town of Makarska, pašticada is traditionally served to mark the feast day of St. Geronimo, the village's patron saint on September 30th.