My grandpa is from Krapina (Zagorje County) and my long-time favourite meal was this dish which is a part of tradition there. It is usually served on very special occasions. When I was a child we prepared it every Christmas. Meal is really good and not that complicated. I love such meals that are prepared in one pot with little effort and maximum enjoyment.



For mlinci:

  • 250 gr flour
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • about 1,2 dcl cold water


Put all the ingredients in a bowl. Make a little firmer dough using your hands. Cover with plastic foil and let it rest for 30 minutes.


Preheat oven to 250 C.

Divide dough into two pieces.

Dust your kitchen surface with little flour and roll one piece of the dough with rolling pin as thin as you can (about 2mm).


Gently rise the dough (It’s very easy to handle), and put it in the middle of the oven, on the heated oven grid. Bake for 5 minutes. Repeat with second piece of dough and let it cool.


After 10 minutes break mlinci into little pieces and set them aside while baking the turkey.



For turkey:

  • about 1 kilo of turkey drumstick
  • 7 carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • piece of celery root
  • salt
  • marjoram
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 dcl warm water


Preheat oven to 200 C.

Wash turkey drumstick, peel and wash vegetables.


Cut little holes in turkey using knife and fill them with sliced garlic cloves. I made six holes, three for each side of turkey drumstick.

Place the meat in oven tray greased with 7 tbsp of oil. Cut onion in quarters, and celery root into little pieces. Put veggies around the meat. Rub salt and marjoram over turkey and sprinkle vegetables with salt. Mix a bit using hands and give another splash of oil on everything.


Put it in the oven and bake for around 2 hours. After first 20 minutes pour warm water over turkey. After an hour, turn the meat over to the other side and bake for another hour.

20 minutes before it’s done, finish mlinci. Take a large pot and pour water in it. Bring it to boil and turn the heat down. Put broken mlinci in hot water, cover with lid and let it rest for 10 minutes.


Meanwhile, slice the turkey drumstick and slice baked carrots. Strain mlinci and put them in the cooked grease and vegetables.


Stir well with kitchen spatula to combine everything. Serve warm.


We actually had leftovers, kids couldn’t eat that much so I ate mlinci another day and they were excellent.