Let’s visit the beautiful island of Vis! Its beauty is known throughout the world, while its amazing horizon with blue seas and beautiful sunsets are just breathtaking. Today, we’re going to focus on preparing one of its traditional dishes or to be more specific – we are preparing komiška pogača, which translated (and it isn't easy to translate) would be Komiža bread with a special filling.
Komiška pogača dates back thousands of years and it presents one of traditional dishes of this island. Its Mediterranean filling is made of anchovies, onion, tomato juice, and olives and the filling beautiful combines with the baked dough.
Are you ready for this delicious pogača with amazing Mediterranean flavors, aromas, and nuances? Let’s knead, fill, bake, and taste!
Ingredients for Komiška Pogača
- 1 kg bread flour
- 70 g salted anchovies
- 400 ml tomato juice
- 2 dry yeast
- 1 onion
- 2 tsp oregano
- 5 dcl warm water
- olive oil
- a few olives
- fresh parsley
Add flour, water, yeast, salt, and a bit of olive oil into a bigger bowl. Mix all the ingredients.
Mix everything until you get a nice and firm dough. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes and let it rest for at least 1 hour. Cover it with the cloth.
Clean the anchovies and thorn them in half.
Cut the onion and simmer it on the olive oil. Add tomato juice and a bit of pepper and salt. Mix everything up and cook it for around 10 minutes.
Cut the dough into 2 balls – one bigger and one smaller. Roll out the bigger dough and place it over the baking pan.
Put the tomato mixture onto the dough. Place the anchovies and olives as well. Put olive oil, a bit of pepper, oregano, and parsley (just cut it into smaller pieces).
Roll out the smaller bowl and place it over the filling. Roll in the ends from the lower dough. Prick the dough with fork. Coat it with olive oil and let it rest for 15 more minutes.
Heat up the oven on 200 °C (392°F) and bake pogača for around 35 minutes. Once it is done, cover it with the cloth and let it rest before you serve it.
Komiška pogača is easy-to-knead, simple-to-make, and so delicious to taste. While we’re still waiting for the warmer spring days, as well as those hot summer nights, let’s indulge in these beautiful flavors of Mediterranean!
Oh, and yes – anchovies certainly add salty nuances, but they are nicely combined with tomato juice so don’t be afraid if you have a bit more delicate palate. If you make everything right (and you will), all the flavors and aromas will be beautifully harmonized into amazing dish!
Ana has a bachelor's degree in journalism, and she have received a Rector's award for achievements during her studies. She is an experienced writer for restaurants and wineries, and she loves to cook, research, and experiment with different cuisines and ingredients. Besides writing, Ana loves to photograph and travel, especially to Korčula which is her second home and the best inspiration for new recipes and flavors.