It’s been a while, I know. When I take a vacation I forget to come back. BUT, I only take a vacation once a year, so not to worry, it will be a while before I leave again.
By the way, I am soooo jet lagged. There’s a 7 hour time difference and now I go to bed at 7 p.m. and I wake up at 4 a.m… this needs to change… It always takes me at least a week.
But, while I was away visiting my beautiful country, Macedonia, I picked up a little something for you!
An authentic, Macedonian hand-made baking clay dish! Do you love it? I hope so!
Many of Macedonia’s national dishes are cooked in clay pots, so I immediately ran to one of the oldest bazaars in Macedonia located in the capital of Skopje and bought one for you…errrr….for one of you!
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And now here’s a popular Macedonian dish, Turli Tava (mixed pot), that is cooked in a clay dish (can be done in any other casserole dish), and it is people’s most favorite in the summer and fall. It’s also very delicious.
Vegetable and Meat Stew – Turli Tava
- Preheat oven to 400.
You will need:
- 1 pound of mixed meat – pork and beef – cut in chunks for stew
- Sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 medium eggplant, stem removed and roughly chopped
- 2 red or green bell peppers, stems and seeds removed, roughly chopped
- 1 large tomato, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 cups of okra, tops and tails cut off, blanched in salted water for 1 minute, rinsed and drained (if unavailable replace with green beans)
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup water
- Parsley, roughly chopped to garnish
- Season beef and pork with salt and pepper and set inside the clay dish.
- Mix in the vegetables.
- Season with paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Add in the olive oil and water; mix well.
- Put it in the oven and cook it uncovered for 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Garnish with parsley.
- Let cool for 20 minutes then serve it warm with crusty bread. Utensils not needed. You’ll see.