Karen Evenden
Croatian Cusine
Croatian Cookbook
A Taste of Croatia Home About A Taste of Croatia A Taste of Croatia Press and Reviews A Taste of Croatia Events and Travel
Croatia Cookbook

A Taste of...Recipes

Bowtie Pasta With Peas

Green Salad with Candied Walnuts and Pomegranate Dressing

Miracle Spread

Salmon With Rosemary Port Sauce

Chicken in Lavender and Dried Plum Sauce

Quick and Yummy Crustless Cheesecake

 

Miracle Spread (Imitation Kajmak)

“Kajmak”—a type of clotted cream made by simmering unpasteurized milk—is traditionally served on dense, dark breads such as rye or pumpernickel. Equally smooth, rich and creamy but much easier to make is this recipe for imitation kajmak.

Tightly wrapped, this spread will keep for one week in the refrigerator and up to one month in the freezer. It can be quickly transformed into a delicious appetizer when unexpected guests drop by. The variations are endless. Try combining imitation kaymak with chutney or spice it up with worcestershire or Tabasco and add some chopped olives. Let your imagination be your guide.
Yields about 2 cups

Bring cream cheese and butter to room temperature. Place one half of the cream cheese, one half of the butter and the salt in a medium bowl. Beat with a fork until well blended. Add the remaining butter and the cream cheese one at a time, mixing well after each addition. The spread should be light, smooth and fluffy.


Variation #1 Sun Dried Tomato Spread

1 cup kajmak
2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped and
   rehydrated in a small amount of hot water
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and serve with thin baguette slices or crackers.


Variation #2 Summer Herb Spread

1 cup kajmak
1/ 2 cup mixed, chopped fresh herbs: basil, parsley,
   rosemary, oregano, thyme or marjoram
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 clove garlic, finely minced (optional)

Combine all ingredients and serve with thin baguette slices or crackers.


Variation #3 Cinnamon-Raisin Spread

1 cup kajmak
2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped and
   rehydrated in a small amount of hot water
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and spread generously on toasted bread or bagel. Great for breakfast.

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt


Cook’s Notes:
This recipe can be made in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Cut the cream cheese and the butter into chunks and combine with the salt in the processor bowl. Process until the kajmak is well mixed, light and fluffy.

Side Note:
We first tasted kajmak while we were on a road trip exploring Croatia’s interior and visiting the capital city, Zagreb. Since we were not equipped with restaurant recommendations, we chose to follow the locals as they headed to an obviously popular lunchtime destination. The menu, the décor and the wait staff confirmed our impressions that we had left the Mediterranean coast and were rapidly moving toward Central Europe. The culinary traditions of Austria, Germany and Hungary were replacing those of Turkey, Greece and Italy. Butter, cheese, meat and game had replaced olive oil, citrus,
lobster and squid.

The authentic version of this rich and creamy spread was served along with a basket of chewy, moist dark breads. Despite multiple “smears,” we were mystified. Was it butter or was it cheese? Many tasty “smears” later, we learned that kajmak is the cream from cooked milk. This recipe, gleaned from a Croatian-American friend, offers a quick and easy substitute for the genuine product; and with its adaptable nature, it was dubbed Miracle Spread.

 

Croatia Travel
Croatia Food A Taste of Croatia Croatia's Adriatic Coast

A Taste of Coratia Copyright © linksnavigation Buy A Taste of Croatia 2008 by Karen Evenden. All rights reserved. No portion of this book or website may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system
or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise—without prior permission of the publisher.
Site Design by Dogs Fly Design