Čompe s skuto – Potatoes with cottage cheese

Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik

Čompe is the local dialect for potatoes in the Soča River valley. Served with cottage cheese, this was once a very widespread dish in the Soča valley, especially around Bovec starting in the 19th century. Today it is still the most recognisable dish of the region. This dish is very filling, which was of course highly appropriate in view of the hard living conditions in this part of Slovenia, where primarily potatoes, cottage cheese and cheese were produced in the mountain valley.  Čompe is a stand-alone dish most commonly served for supper.

Ingredients:

1 kg of small potatoes

salt

20 dg of salted cottage cheese

Preparation: Wash the unpeeled potatoes well and cut them a little to spread the salt. If they are bigger, they can also be halved. Then cook them in their skins in salted water.  When cooked, rinse them. Serve in a dish, and alongside offer the salted cottage cheese. Enjoy immediately, while hot.

 

Source: Janez Bogataj, Taste Slovenia, Ljubljana 2007

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