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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.

How To Make 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

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

Bulgarian Gyuveche. Ingredients 1lb ground beef 5 medium size potatoes, sliced 1 carrot, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 tomato, ch
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Brown ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
  • While browning beef, arrange half of sliced potatoes at the bottom of the pot.
  • Sprinkle half of chopped carrots, celery, red bell pepper, tomato and onion over the potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and chubritsa.
  • Spread browned ground beef over the vegetables in the pot and season with salt, pepper and paprika
  • Add another layer of potatoes, carrots, celery, red bell pepper, tomato and onion. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and chubritsa.
  • Add one cup of water and 1 ½ tbsp of olive oil
  • Cover with lid and bake at 450 F for about 30 min.
  • Carefully take the pot out of the oven and crack four eggs on top of the vegetables.
  • Bake for another 10 min until the eggs are set.
  • Season to taste and serve with chopped parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2009IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg
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About Neli Howard

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.

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12 Comments

  1. I unfortunately don’t have a clay pot yet, but plan on getting one on my next trip home to BG:) What can I use as a substitution?

    1. Zdravei Adriana! I haven’t used a substitute for a clay pot but maybe it would work if you use a dutch oven or another cast iron pot. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. My pot is filled and in the oven right now! I was gifted a beautiful authentic clay pot and have been so excited to try it. Thank you for the recipe!

  3. This looks yummy. The picture shows eggs and the instructions say to crack four eggs on top of the vegetables after 30 minutes, but I don’t see eggs in the list of ingredients. Are they included in the calorie count? Thanks!

    1. Kristi, yes, they are included in the calorie count. I just added them to the list of ingredients. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  4. Hi , I would like to try this recipe but will have to buy a clay pot . What capacity pot do you recommend I get . Thank you , Linda .

    1. Yes, i use soap and water in mine. Mine has a glaze on it. Not sure if yours is the same. If not, I would follow the instructions that came with the clay pot.

  5. 5 stars
    Hi, I’ve just moved to Bulgaria and today I’ve bought my first gyuveche! I’m thrilled to see your recipe and am on the lookout for more traditional food to cook in my beautiful pot. Thank you.

    1. Wow, that’s fabulous! Hope you enjoy this meal! It’s so cozy & comforting – perfect for this time of the year!

  6. 5 stars
    I popped over as soon as I saw your comment on my blog about Bulgarian food! I wanted to see what you had shared. This looks fantastic! I love that it’s something a little different BUT YET it is made with ingredients I am familiar with! YUM YUM!!

    1. Thank you so much, Nagi! Yes, Bulgarian cuisine is all about the simple and fresh ingredients! I hope to start cooking more Bulgarian food at home again and you will see more of the Bulgarian cuisine here on the blog as well. 🙂