Vis pogača (bread pie)


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The ancient Greeks who founded the town of Vis in back in 397 BC, inspired the creation of the Vis pogača. Vis pogača is a traditional Dalmatian dish which is quick to preparation from leavened pastry and its savoury filling make it a popular island dish to this day.

It differs from Komiža pogača by the contents of its filling and method of cutting, because it is served cut into triangles, and inside it is hidden a combination of chopped anchovies or sardines, sautéed onions, seasoning and capers to taste. Unlike the Komiža pogača, the Vis version has no tomatoes, however, it is also prepared in a tasty leavened pastry which makes it an excellent meal.

The famous rivalry between the towns of Vis and Komiža encouraged the people of Komiža to alter the Vis pogača by adding tomatoes, whilst the Vis pogača itself has not changed much over the centuries.

Once finished, this pogača will make you forget all the stories of the rivalry and you will enjoy the original island flavours.



Pastry ingredients:

  • 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


Filling ingredients:

  • Cleaned sardines or tuna pieces
  • Chopped Red onions
  • Chopped garlic
  • Capers
  • Seasoning
  • Olive oil


  1. Fry the onions, chopped garlic and capers in olive oil until soft
  2. Add the finely chopped fish
  3. Divide pastry into two and roll flat.
  4. Line a floured and warmed pastry dish
  5. Add the cooked filling ingredients
  6. Cover with the second sheet of pastry and soak edges with olive oil
  7. Bake in a medium oven until it turns brown


Recipe contributor:  Croatia National Tourist Board

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