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Roast Turkey with Pasta Tatters

Updated on July 25, 2014

Croatian Traditional Recipe - "Purica s mlincima"!

One of the known facts about Croatia: we have almost 2 million people with Croatian origin abroad . Croats mostly  emigrated from Croatia after World War I and World War II looking for work and better place to live. Many Croats emigrated to US, Canada, Australia and European countries like Germany, Austria, Swiss and Italy.

One of the things they took with themselves is Croatian tradition. Traditional Croatian recipes, music, language and many other ways to remind themselves of their origin. If you got to meet even a single Croat, you would know this: they are proud of who they are and where they come from.

So, my guess is: American and Canadian Croats are making Purica s mlincima for Thanksgiving! What do you think?

How to Cook Roast Turkey with Pasta Tatters

Serves 6 to 8


1 turkey, about 12 pounds,

salt and pepper to taste,

1 apple,

3/4 cup oil or butter,

1 pound mlinci (pasta tatters - next recipe)

Preheat oven to 325. Grease a roasting pan liberally with oil or butter.

Salt the cleaned turkey and place a whole apple inside the body cavity.

Coat the whole turkey with oil or butter and place into the liberally greased roasting pan and add a bit of water to the bottom of the roaster.

Place in oven and roast for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, basting periodically with the oil or butter.

When the turkey is almost done, add the scalded mlinci (tatters) and roast for another 20 to 30 minutes in order for the mlinci to soak up the drippings in the pan.

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How to Prepare Baked Noodles - Tatters (Mlinci)


1 kg (2 lb) flour, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp salt, 400 ml (16 fl oz; 2 cups), cold water

Mix flour, eggs and water to make a harder dough. Roll out into rounds.

Bake on the lowest rack of the oven at 165 C (330 F) until crispy and golden on both sides (about 5 minutes each side). Take out of the oven and let cool.

Break "mlinci" into pieces, put in a bowl. Pour salted boiling water over "mlinci", leave for a few minutes, then drain water.

Pour turkey roast drippings over "mlinci" and serve.

You can't make tatters / mlinci without the traditional wooden roller!

Norpro 15-Inch Wooden Rolling Pin
Norpro 15-Inch Wooden Rolling Pin

High quality hardwood rolling pin with nylon ball bearings make rolling dough easy.

# Measures 15 inches long with 2-3/4-inch diameter

# Nylon ball bearings makes rolling dough easy

# Ergonomically shaped wooden dowel handles

# Hand wash wipe dry


Finished and served!
Dobar tek!
(Good appetite!)

Have You Ever Heard of Tatters (Mlinci)? - Have you ever prepared noodles in this way?

Tatters (Mlinci) - Made them before?

This Recipe Originated from North-West Region... - ... of Croatia better known as Zagorje.

I would like to invite you to take a look at this video clip to get to know a bit more about Zagreb, Croatian capital and Zagorje, North-West region of Croatia from where Purica s mlincima originated.

Cookbook for Those Who Love Croatian Recipes! - Taste of Croatia - available on Amazon.

A Taste of Croatia provides a straightforward and easy way to celebrate a culture whose dishes can be created anywhere fresh ingredients can be found...all the while capturing you with an inspiring story that will allow you to set out on your own adventure...without leaving your favorite chair. A Taste of Croatia is based on the author and her husband's three-year odyssey sailing the Adriatic coast and living aboard their 50-foot sailboat. It is the story of the lands they explored, the people they met, the markets they visited and the foods they enjoyed. Presented as a well organized, easy-to-use cookbook, most of the recipes have been savored by generations of Croatians and all of the recipes have been adapted for use in American kitchens. It is the author's hope to provide each reader with his or her own enriching, delicious, inspiring and thought-provoking "taste of Croatia."

A Taste of Croatia
A Taste of Croatia

Packed with straight-forward recipes, photos, food facts and anecdotes, the author has created a publication that goes beyond the bounds of what makes a great cookbook...she delivers the spirit of the culture, the country and the cuisine and then ties it all together with a collection of recipes that will make you want to run to your kitchen and start cooking. Today, throughout America, we are hearing more and more about the benefits of eating fresh, seasonal, local foods that are grown and produced using sustainable methods. However, for today's cooks, it can be difficult to know exactly how to incorporate these concepts into our busy lives without it being too complicated, time consuming or expensive. Toss in a dash of ethnicity and even the most competent home cook can become discouraged.


Vegeta - the Biggest Croatian Food Brand - Well known all over Europe!

Vegeta is the famous European seasoning which has conquered the world of modern cooking. Gourmet cooks enjoy the sophisticated, well balanced composition of seven different vegetables. Ideal for preparing all kinds of meat and fish dishes, as a delicious supplement for soups and sauces or simply a fine aroma for various cold dishes.

I would love to hear what you think of this recipe!

And if you tried it or plan to, please, come back and tell me: Was it tasteful? Will you make it again?

Will You Consider Serving Roasted Turkey with Pasta Tatters for Thanksgiving?

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      8 years ago

      This is very interesting - the apple inside the turkey and the tatters. I may just try it!

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      Macs LM 

      8 years ago

      Interesting recipe from start to finish. Not sure whether I will try doing my turkey the same way, but the baked noodles definitely look interesting.

    • justholidays profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi Michelle :)

      Like you I'm proud of my country and I like to see Europeans featuring their cooking.

      So, this deserves my 5 stars ratings - I'm really sorry for not being an angel ;)

      Hugs from Belgium,


    • luvmyludwig lm profile image

      luvmyludwig lm 

      8 years ago

      I wouldn't make it for thanksgiving because I have to have my dressing, but I would make it any other day of the year, sounds great!

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      8 years ago

      Awesome lens Michelle!

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      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Lovely lens and they sound very tasty! Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      Bambi Watson 

      8 years ago

      Beautifully done!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Tasty Noodle Recipe. We Love Noodles in our Family. This is a very unique recipe with turkey. Thanks for sharing your recipe and charity and adding to: A RocketMoms Thanksgiving Day Feast :)


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