What kind of dish is this?
This is a Slovenian dish made with sauerkraut, beans and pork etc.
It is eaten not only in Slovenia but also in northwestern Croatia and northeastern Italy.
Jota＝Derived from the Galician word for soup.
This is a dish born near the border between Slovenia and Italy.
It is unknown when it has been, but vegetable soups have been around since ancient times around the world.
I wrote how it evolved with the times based on the history of ingredients.
The following has been added to the stewed dishes that may have existed originally.
・In the 15th century, Sauerkraut was introduced by what is now a German immigrant.
・After that, potatoes, kidney beans and tomatoes (optional) from the Americas were added.
・In the 19th century, pork of the breed born in the United Kingdom became popular in European countries.
Considering the situation and food culture, it is highly likely that almost the same thing as modern Jota was born when ingredients coming from the Americas were added.
Also, if new breeds of pork were also incorporated in Slovenia, the appearance and taste of Jota were almost the same as those of modern Jota, probably in the 19th century.
This dish has a sauerkraut sourness and a natural taste.
It is basically a winter dish, but in the summer it is often eaten after cooling down.
I liked something a little cold.
Also, it has excellent compatibility with bread, especially hard bread.
I didn’t use it this time, but it would be delicious with some kind of spices added to it.
Recipe of Jota
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion / chopped
- 250 g bacon / cut into easy-to-eat size
- 15 g garlic / grated
- 3 potato / dice
- 400 g sauerkraut / washed
- 10 g consomme cube
- 2 tbsp tomato paste / optional
- 1000 ml water
- 1 laurel leaves
- 1 canned beans / cooked / washed
- Free salt
- Free pepper
- Free dill / optional
- Fry onion and bacon in olive oil.Until the color of the onion changes a little.
- Add garlic, potatoes, sauerkraut, consommé cubes, tomato paste, water and laurel leaves.
- Add beans.Cover.cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
- Adjust the taste with salt and pepper.Finish
N. Zyry says
Thank you for this recipe. I have been looking to make this soup at home after having it in a restaurant many years ago. I prepared it exactly as the recipe suggests, using white beans, bacon, and red potatoes. The saurkraut (rinsed) works well with the other ingredients, it’s not too overpowering. It keeps well in the refrigerator, getting better the next day.
Thanks for your nice comment! I am glad that this post was helpful to you! I like it freshly made as well as the next day or later.