Croatian “cobanac” Stew

Recipe by nitko
READY IN: 3hrs 50mins
YIELD: 6 portions




  • Cut horse and beef meat into small pieces (not larger than 2x2 cm). Do the same with potato.
  • Finely mince onion.
  • Soak dried porcini mushrooms in cold water about 15 minutes, and than cut into small pieces.
  • Cut pancetta into small pieces.
  • Heat the lard and sauté onion until translucent. Add meat and continue to sauté (covered) 20 minutes. At that point meat will start to leave juices.
  • Add paprika, salt, pepper, bay leaf, pancetta and thyme. Stir well and continue to sauté 5 minutes; now add wine, stir and sauté until alcohol evaporates.
  • Add potato and water to cover meat and potato. Add mushrooms. Stir and cook on easy fire about 120 minutes.
  • If you need to add more salt do it, but do not add additional pepper or hot paprika. If you want it hot, do it at the beginning.
  • The stew must be soup-like. You eat it only with spoon. All ingredients must be soft and easy to eat.