Macedonian-Style Vegetable and Meat Stew {Turli Tava} and a Giveaway!

vegetable and meat stew

HI!!! *waving*


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.

vegetable meat stew

But, while I was away visiting my beautiful country, Macedonia, I picked up a little something for you!

baking clay pot

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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All entries must be completed no later than Thursday, October 6th, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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Winner will be announced on Friday, October 7th, on my blog, and the winner will also be notified via the email address they provided in the comments section.

baking clay pot

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.

Турли Тава Turli Tava


  1. Sharon Howard says

    I took my last vacation to West Virginia to spend a week with my grandkids at Christmas and I’m planning to go in July for a week. That’s the only way I get to see them. I Love the Bowl and would put it to good use.

  2. says

    I love clay pot cooking! This pot is beautiful! My last vacation was this past summer where my husband and I backpacked through China and the Tibetan plateau for 6 weeks. It was amazing. We are trying to plan a trip for next week too since we have a 2 week break. Being married to a student isnt too bad :)

  3. Marie says

    My family and I went to the Wisconsin Dells for our last vacation. I’ve never been out of the country except for a day in Canada. I wish I could travel overseas! I’ve always wanted to visit so many different countries.

  4. says

    I will tweet, FB, email…dang, I’ll give my first born to have this Macedonian pot! I’m Croatian and what a find!! Thanks for the opportunity…looking forward to following you! Ally :)

  5. says

    This is so sad to say, but I couldn’t remember our last vacation….seriously, it has been that long:-p So hubby and I thought together, we believe it was Vegas….which would be over two years ago… WOW, we need a vacation! I love this pot, and that stew looks so amazing:-) It sounds like your vacation was wonderful, so excited to hear that:-) Hugs, Terra

  6. Amy Linder says

    My last vacation was to Florence, Italy, this past April. I’m returning to Florence in December for almost a month! I’m VERY excited!! (My boyfriend lives there).

    I can relate about the whacked-out sleep schedule!

  7. says

    Welcome back Kate..I am so glad that you went to Macedonia and enjoyed your vacation, but I time difference can put you bit out :)) good thing it will be over soon:))

    Dish sound amazing, very authentic and pretty I must say..but food that is cooked in it is even better… YUMMY!! Loved yours too, very delicious looking!

    I follow you on twitter!

  8. says

    So good to have you back. That stew looks very good and I’d love to have it with some biscuits. My last vacation was to Atlanta this past July and we had an awesome time with all of our kids.

  9. says

    Welcome back!!! This stew sounds amazing! I love hearty soups and stew this time of year – and long into spring.
    Oh goodness – my last vacation was at least three or four years ago – went to Disney with my boss to help watch their kid. I would like to be able to go back someday and try to enjoy the whole magic of Disney experience.

  10. says

    Welcome back Kate! I’m sure you had a wonderful time with your family and friends. The clay pot is really cool – do you cook in it and serve right? Wow..very precious! You brought it back, that’s amazing…with all of your language! The stew looks delicious too! This summer we went to Seattle for a short vacation, but hoping to go back to Japan and Taiwan (inlaws) this winter…

  11. says

    Welcome home Kate! Hope you had a wonderful time away! The clay pot is just fabulous! But the stew looks even better and so perfect for this time of year! Hope you get over your jet lag….get some rest!

  12. says

    Welcome back! I love your stew recipe. It’s finally cooling off and I can’t wait to try it :) I went to North Carolina to visit my sister and brother in law last weekend. I wish I was still there!

  13. says

    HIIIIIIIIIIIIII *waving back*

    Missed you and cannot wait to read about all your adventures! My last holidays were in Raleigh North Carolina ( don’t ask visiting a now ex lol)

    But the second I write tonight..BOOOO to US only contests. Come one, enter my name and I’ll pay the shipping…pretty pretty pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee? I am only a frined nothern roomate :-) Le t me know OK please :-(

  14. says

    Welcome back! You had some amazing guest posts, but it’s nice to see you back! I love this recipe you made…and the dish is lovely! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity and have a GREAT day! I hope the jet lag goes away soon!

  15. Kari says

    Welcome back! We took our first family vacation since our daughter was born 3 years ago. We went to Yellowstone this past June. It was a blast!

  16. says

    Welcome back Kate! I hope you had an amazing vacation!!! And I hope that the jet lag goes away quickly. :) This stew looks delicious and the clay pot makes it all the more drool-worthy. Let’s see, our last vacation…easy one. Maine. :)

  17. says

    I’d love to have the Macedonia clay dish so that I could put my veggies in too. On my last trip I went to Mombasa in Kenya such a beautiful place loved the sunny beaches :) I tweeted about this.

  18. says

    Wonderful, wonderful stew! :) I should do like you and bring clay pots next time I’m back home — I miss this style of cooking so much.
    As for where I went to vacation the last time: Puerto Rico :)

  19. says

    I don’t suppose that amazing stew comes made in the pot, does it?? Wow, that looks fantastic.

    The last vacation we took that was just Hubby and me was to Maine and it was divine. We love New England. Since Dudette though, we’ve been home bound except for little trips here and there.

    I’m so glad your’e home. Welcome back….I’ve missed you.

  20. says

    The stew looks delicious! And what a beautiful pot!

    My last vacation….oh, yes. My husband and I went to Las Vegas, where we slept the entire time. Sleeping in Vegas? Pretty sure we’re the only people to ever have done that. Isn’t it supposed to be Partying in Vegas?

    Welcome back…I missed you!


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