Forska (Hvar) pogača


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Forska (“For” being the local people’s name for the island of Hvar) Forska, because inside it is hidden sheep’s or goat’s cheese.  is a close variation of the savoury bread pies from neighbouring Vis.

In fact, it is the inhabitants of Hvar and Vis who point out that there are three sisters – three Dalmatian pogača, which stand side-by-side and with their taste still delight and feed the fishermen, their families and guests.

The simplest of them is the Vis pogača, which is filled with sautéed onion and salty fish such as sardines or anchovies, next is the Komiža version, which along with those ingredients also has a tomato sauce, whilst the third and richest is Forska, because inside it is hidden sheep’s or goat’s cheese. All three are prepared with a little yeast, but when there wasn’t any, the islanders added a piece of bread or an old pogača to the dough. Although they look very similar, with their various fillings they win over fans of salted fish and tasty local produce.

Forska pogača is baked in a warm oven for about forty minutes and served whilst warm with some local wine.




  • Whole wheat flour
  • Salt
  • Luke warm water
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and leave to stand
  2. Mix a small amount of salt and sugar to the flour
  3. Add the mixture to the yeast
  4. Add a little olive oil and luke warm water
  5. Knead the soft dough for 15 minutes
  6. Leave to stand for 1 hour to rise



  • Cleaned sardines
  • Chopped Red onions
  • Chopped Fresh or peeled tomatoes
  • Chopped garlic
  • Capers
  • Sheep or Goats cheese (sliced)
  • Seasoning
  • Olive oil


  1. Fry the onions in olive oil until soft
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, capers, garlic and simmer mixture to reduce.
  3. Leave thick red sauce to cool
  4. Add the finely chopped fish
  5. Divide pastry into two and roll flat.
  6. Line a floured and warmed pastry dish
  7. Add the cooked filling ingredients
  8. Add a layer of Cheese
  9. Cover with the second sheet of pastry and soak edges with olive oil
  10. Leave to stand in a warn place for 10 minutes
  11. Brush pastry top with a mix of water and a little olive oil
  12. Bake in a medium oven until it turns brown (approx. 40 minutes)



Recipe contributor:  Croatia National Tourist Board

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