Vegan Poljički Soparnik


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Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Croatia with our Vegan Poljički Soparnik recipe. This traditional Dalmatian dish has been reimagined in a plant-based version, celebrating the flavors of the Mediterranean with simple yet wholesome ingredients. Soparnik, a savory pie filled with chard, onions, and fragrant herbs, is a cultural delight that brings together generations around the table. Our vegan adaptation captures the essence of this culinary heritage while embracing a compassionate and sustainable approach.

Vegan Poljički Soparnik is a traditional Croatian dish with deep historical and cultural roots. It originates from the region of Poljica, a picturesque area along the Adriatic coast of Croatia. The dish has been prepared and enjoyed by generations of locals, making it an integral part of their culinary heritage.

Soparnik is often referred to as the “Croatian pizza” or “Dalmatian pie.” Its origins can be traced back to the 15th century when it was a staple food for the hardworking farmers and shepherds of Poljica. Made from simple and readily available ingredients like Swiss chard, garlic, and olive oil, Soparnik was a nourishing and sustaining meal.

The preparation of Soparnik is a communal affair and a social tradition that brings families and neighbors together. The dough is stretched out thin, and the filling of Swiss chard, garlic, and olive oil is generously spread over it. Once baked to perfection, it’s cut into squares or rectangles and shared among loved ones.

Today, Vegan Poljički Soparnik stands as a symbol of Croatian culinary pride and is celebrated at local festivals and gatherings. While the traditional recipe includes dairy, this vegan version ensures that everyone can savor the rich flavors and cultural significance of this beloved dish.

Vegan Poljički Soparnik

Vegan Poljički Soparnik is a treasure trove of flavors and history. Rooted in the traditions of rural Croatia, this dish is a testament to the ingenuity of creating nourishing meals from seasonal produce. The harmonious blend of chard, aromatic herbs, and olive oil encased in delicate dough transports your taste buds to the sun-soaked landscapes of Dalmatia.

Tools and Equipment

Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 30 mins Rest Time 1 hr Total Time 2 hrs Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 6 Calories: 254.75 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


For the dough:

For the filling:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt for the dough.

  2. Gradually add the water and olive oil, kneading until a smooth dough forms. Let it rest for 30 minutes.

  3. In a skillet, heat a splash of olive oil and sauté the chopped onions and minced garlic until translucent.

  4. Add the chopped Swiss chard leaves and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and let cool.

  5. Add the chopped parsley and dill to the cooled chard mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

  7. Divide the dough into two equal portions and roll out each portion into a thin circle.

  8. Place one rolled-out dough circle on a baking sheet.

  9. Spread the chard and herb mixture evenly over the dough.

  10. Place the second rolled-out dough circle over the filling and press the edges to seal.

  11. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the assembled soparnik.

  12. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.

  13. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing.

  14. Serve warm and enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 254.75kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10.06g16%
Saturated Fat 1.41g8%
Sodium 437.53mg19%
Potassium 288.89mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 35.84g12%
Dietary Fiber 2.39g10%
Sugars 1.41g
Protein 5.58g12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Please note that the nutritional values provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. It's always best to double-check with your specific ingredients and measurements for accurate nutritional information.


Tips and Variations:
  • For an added layer of flavor, sprinkle vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast over the filling before sealing the soparnik.
  • Explore different herbs such as oregano or thyme to customize the flavor profile.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Vegan Poljički Soparnik is traditionally enjoyed as a main course with a side salad or pickled vegetables.
Allergen Information:

Here's some allergen information for Vegan Poljički Soparnik:

  • Wheat: The dough for Soparnik is typically made from wheat flour. If you have gluten intolerance or wheat allergies, you should choose a gluten-free flour substitute for the dough.

  • Olive Oil: Olive oil is a common ingredient in Soparnik. It is generally not an allergen, but individuals with olive allergies should use an alternative oil.

Wine or Drink Pairing:

Vegan Poljički Soparnik pairs wonderfully with a variety of Croatian and Mediterranean drinks. Here are some options:

  • Croatian White Wine: A crisp and fruity Croatian white wine, such as a Posip or Grasevina, complements the flavors of the Swiss chard and garlic in Soparnik.

  • Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar: Consider serving Soparnik with a side of high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. This enhances the dish's olive oil base and adds complexity.

Storage and Leftovers:

If you have any leftovers of Vegan Poljički Soparnik, it's essential to store them properly to maintain their flavor and texture:

  • Refrigeration: Place any remaining Soparnik in an airtight container and refrigerate it. Consume the leftovers within 2-3 days.

  • Reheating: To reheat Soparnik, preheat your oven to a low temperature (around 300°F or 150°C) and warm it for 10-15 minutes. This will help restore its crispness.

  • Freezing: While Soparnik can be frozen, it's best enjoyed fresh. If you choose to freeze it, wrap individual portions tightly in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 2-3 months.

Keywords: Vegan Soparnik, Croatian Cuisine, Mediterranean Flavors

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