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Croatian peka recipe
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Croatian peka

The traditional peka roast is make under the dome-shaped bell with burning embers. Choose lamb or veal, add potatoes and you will get the most succulent roast.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Croatian
Keyword grill, open fire
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Firing the grilll 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 530 kcal


  • 2 kg veal (shoulder/flank) or lamb (shoulder/ribs/leg) (4.4 lbs)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 100 ml vegetable oil/2 tbsp lard (1/2 cup )
  • 1 kg potatoes (2.2 lbs, quartered)
  • 2 carrots (roughly chopped)
  • 1 large onion (quartered)
  • 1 bell pepper (quartered)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (halved)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2-3 twigs thyme
  • 100 ml water (1/2 cup )
  • 100 ml dry white wine (1/2 cup )


  • Make the fire 1 hour before assembling the peka. Use beech or hornbeam wood because they produce the longest lasting embers. Make sure that the firebox (usually made of chamotte/fireclay in the case of peka) is very hot. Once the fire turns to embers, clear some space in the middle for the pan.
    chamotte firebox
  • Rub salt into the meat. Grease the pan with lard/oil and place the meat in the middle.
  • Prep the vegetables and arrange them around the meat. Season with pepper and thyme (or any other Mediterranean herb, such as rosemary or sage). Pour the water in, too.
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  • Place the pan on the hot firebox and cover with the peka lid. Put one third of the embers on the lid and roast for 30 minutes.
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  • Put the remaining embers on top and around the peka lid and roast for another 30 minutes.
  • Open the lid, pour the wine in and turn the meat around. Do the same with the vegetables if you see signs of charring. Put the lid and the embers back on. Roast for another hour.
    Croatian sac
  • Open the lid and check if the meat is tender. The meat needs to be fall-off-the-bone soft, and the liquid needs to be well reduced. Both the meat and vegetables should have a golden colour. You might need 30 more minutes to achieve that.
    Croatian peka
  • Peka takes at least 2-2.5 hours, and you might need to open the lid twice to achieve the desired result.