The local speciality in Kruje

While we were in the birthplace of Albania’s hero – George Kastrioti Skanderberg – we were treated to lunch with a view. Kruje is about 30 miles from Albania’s capital Tirana, nestled in the mountains.

The local speciality is cooked in a large, very hot pot (a bit like a tagine). We had two varieties: veal and potatoes; and stew and chicken. Both were great! But the stew was particularly interesting; it seemed to be a mix of cornmeal and chicken stock, with lots of garlic. There must have been more to it because it was delicious!

To start, we also had borek (and with spinach this time), tempura style cauliflower and courgette fried in egg. There were also some lovely breads, including a very light white and a delicious polenta. And olives, of course.

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