Dobar dan, hello and welcome to the Istrian penninsula of Hrvatska (Croatia) where they make a traditional hand rolled pasta called, pljukanci. Often served with green beans and ham, this version uses truffle salt, crimini mushrooms and green beans. If you want the flavor of salty ham, try some vegan bacon.
This summer, I traveled to both Croatia and Slovenia and enjoyed amazing vegan food! In Istria, I loved the hand rolled pasta with shaved truffles. Today, I attempt to recreate the dish.
1 1/2 cups of organic bread flour (regular white flour will also work, the bread flour has a higher gluten and protein content)
1/2 cup of organic whole wheat flour
1 cup hot water
2 Tablespoons high quality extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon truffle salt (or other flavored salt)
Mix the flours and salt together, make a well in the flour on a large cutting board surface. Add the olive oil to the well and mix together with fingers by pinching. Gradually add the hot water to the well, continuing to add flour and water with fingers. You may not need all the water, you want the flour to be moist enough to kneed gently without falling apart or sticking to the cutting board. Kneed for 3-5 minutes until the dough is well combined and takes on a silky feel and texture.
Pulling small pieces off the dough ball, roll these into 1-2 inch noodles with tapered ends. They will look very similar to mini green beans. Set the rolled noodles on a lightly floured cookie sheet, sprinkle with flour to prevent them from sticking together, let rest for about an hour.
I had plenty of noodles for two and a ball of dough left over, so I decided to make some ravioli pockets by rolling out the dough and cutting it into about 1 inch squares. I filled each with a 1/4 teaspoon of the truffles from Croatia and moistened the edges with water. The ravioli is done when it floats to the top of the boiling water.
The noodles will cook in boiling water in about 5-10 minutes. These noodles will be served with the tartufata I brought back from Motovun, a hill town in Croatia. Another option is to serve with lightly steamed green beans, non-dairy butter and vegan bacon slices. Drizzle with truffle flavored oil.
Hvala! Thanks and enjoy this Istarski specijaliteti: pljukanci!