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Are Croatian Fritule the Inspiration for New Orleans Beignets?

By December 13, 2012

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Klara Cvitanovich, the co-owner of Drago's Seafood Restaurant in New Orleans and Metairie, La., is from Dubrovnik, Croatia, and she thinks her beloved fritule just might have been the inspiration for the Crescent City tradition of beignets and coffee.
Croatian Fritule
Croatian Fritule
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More than 100 years ago, beignets were made famous by the Croatian Jurisich family at the Morning Call coffee stand formerly in the French Market and now in Jefferson parish.

"The Jurisches may have begun serving up a simplified version of the traditional Croatian fritule, and given it the French name of beignet," Cvitanovich says.

Some might dispute this, but my advice is not to overthink it and just get down to enjoying beignets OR fritule, especially at Christmastime when they are traditional.

Other traditional Croatian Christmas recipes include Klara's Krostule recipe, Apple Strudel recipe, Sarma recipe, and Squid Salad recipe.

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