Krompir is found in many Slovenian dishes either as the main or side dish. Basic potato side dishes are:
pečen krompir – baked potato
pomfrit – French fries
tenstan krompir – mashed potato
pire – puree
Mami, kaj bo za kosilo? – Juha, meso in krompir.
(Mom, what will we have for lunch? – A soup, meat, and potato.)
Zaradi deževnega poletja bo letošnja letina krompirja slaba.
(This year’s potato crop will be bad because of the rainy summer.)
Krompir je hrana revežev.
(Potato is the food of the poor.)
(do be lucky; lit. to have potato)
Neumen kmet ima debel krompir.
(the less you think the better you will do in life; lit. A stupid farmer has/grows fat potatoes.)
The love for tenstan krompir, also known as pražen (roasted) krompir, has somehow escalated completely in Slovenia. There is a society (Društvo praženega krompirja) taking this kind of potato very seriously. They claim that their recipe is the official recipe and they organize festivals where the main dish is… tenstan krompir. It is all just as silly as you imagine.