Rich cozy Croatian Cheese Strukli recipe, a cheese dumpling and white lasagna rolled into one tantalizing dish!
Last spring I spent a couple weeks in Croatia, driving down the coast, checking natural wonders off my bucket list, and sampling delectable regional dishes and wines.
I discovered that Croatian cuisine is rustic yet elegant, packed with local ingredients, and so very comforting.
One dish my friend and I could not get enough of is called Strukli. It is similar to white lasagna, filled with cheese. Yet the pasta dough is a bit more toothy, almost like a dumpling.
Believe it or not, you can make a truly fabulous copycat Croatian Cheese Strukli at home, using classic grocery store ingredients.
In fact, I found everything I needed to make today’s Croatian Cheese Strukli recipe at ALDI!
ALDI has such fantastic prices on all my grocery list items, it’s easy to get everything I need and have room left in the budget for wine to accompany our meals.
I found a marvelous new rosé at ALDI that paired perfectly with this Croatian Cheese Strukli.
For a limited time, ALDI was offering their Exquisite Collection of Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016 in US stores. This wine was made specially for ALDI UK by Julian Faulkner and has been named the best value rosé at the prestigious International Wine Challenge two years running.
You can find more award-winning wines like this at your local ALDI, most under $12 and even $9.
The bright airy quality of the rosé offered balance to our robust hearty Croatian Cheese Strukli.
However, it would also taste amazing paired with Crystal Creek Riesling, a 2017 Chefs in America Gold Medal Winner, as well as Giretto Pinot Grigio, a 2017 BTI World Wine Championship Silver Medalist.
How to Make Croatian Cheese Strukli
Start by making a quick pasta dough. Use a stand mixer with a bread hook to knead the dough for you.
Then mix cottage cheese, white cheddar cheese, sour cream and eggs, to make the cheese filling.
PS – ALDI’s Specially Selected Aged Reserved white cheddar recently won the Chefs in America Gold Medal Endorsement award!
Cut the dough into four pieces and roll each pieces out into a large thin rectangle. Spread the cheese filling over each rectangle.
Roll the rectangles into logs and place them in a baking dish. Once in the pan, cut the logs into squares.
Pour half & half over the top, sprinkle with more cheese, and bake!
Although Croatian Cheese Strukli is best when made with fresh dough, in a pinch, you can add dried lasagna noodles for a quickie-version.
Croatian Cheese Strukli is just one of the many show-stopping dishes you can make with ingredients from ALDI.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ALDI. All opinions are my own.
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