Gyuveche – Traditional Bulgarian Meal

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If you are wondering what kind of pot this is, it is a clay pot, called gyuveche, from my home country Bulgaria. This pot was a present from my Mom for me and my husband’s first anniversary. She also gave me the recipe for this meal. Some traditional Bulgarian meals are made in clay pots and they define the country’s Old World’s cooking practices. This cooking method enables full exposure of flavors and it further keeps the nutritious content of foods intact. 
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Back to the meal.

Gyuveche. It is a traditional Bulgarian meal whose name is derived from the ceramic pot in which it is baked and served.
It is very easy to prepare and tastes wonderful. You just need to wash and cut the vegetables, arrange them and the beef in the pot, and bake for 30 minutes. This is also a great recipe you can use for weeknight meals. Just prep the veggies the night before, brown the meat, and refrigerate. The next day after you get home from work, arrange the vegetables and meat in the pot and put in the oven. Within 40 minutes you will have a warm, delicious supper prepared with unprocessed food.

I haven’t tried this, but probably you could use a Dutch oven if you don’t have a clay pot.

Ingredients

1lb ground beef
5 medium size potatoes, sliced
1 carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 cup water
Olive oil
Salt, pepper and paprika to taste
Chubritsa (bulgarian spice) – optional

Chopped parsley for garnish

Preparation

1.      Brown ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
2.      While browning beef, arrange half of sliced potatoes at the bottom of the pot.
3.      Sprinkle half of chopped carrots, celery, red bell pepper, tomato and onion over the potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and chubritsa.
4.      Spread browned ground beef over the vegetables in the pot and season with salt, pepper and paprika
5.      Add another layer of potatoes, carrots, celery, red bell pepper, tomato and onion. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and chubritsa.
6.      Add  one cup of water and  1 ½ tbsp of olive oil
7.      Cover with lid and bake at 450 F for about 30 min. *
8.      Carefully take the pot out of the oven and crack four eggs on top of the vegetables.
9.      Bake for another 10 min until the eggs are set.
10.  Season to taste and serve with chopped parsley.
 
* Don’t preheat the oven. Placing the pot in a hot oven may cause it to crack or break. Cook for 30 minutes from the time the oven reaches 450 F.
Enjoy!

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Gyuveche
 
Ingredients
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 5 medium size potatoes, sliced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper and paprika to taste
  • Chubritsa (bulgarian spice) - optional
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
  2. While browning beef, arrange half of sliced potatoes at the bottom of the pot.
  3. Sprinkle half of chopped carrots, celery, red bell pepper, tomato and onion over the potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and chubritsa.
  4. Spread browned ground beef over the vegetables in the pot and season with salt, pepper and paprika
  5. Add another layer of potatoes, carrots, celery, red bell pepper, tomato and onion. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and chubritsa.
  6. Add one cup of water and 1 ½ tbsp of olive oil
  7. Cover with lid and bake at 450 F for about 30 min.
  8. Carefully take the pot out of the oven and crack four eggs on top of the vegetables.
  9. Bake for another 10 min until the eggs are set.
  10. Season to taste and serve with chopped parsley.

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