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

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Overhead view of Macedonian-Style Meat and Vegetable Stew in a crock

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.

Overhead view of Macedonian-Style Vegetable and Meat Stew in a crock

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

Macedonian clay baking pot on a wooden surface

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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This giveaway is open to USA residents only.

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

One winner will be chosen via on Friday, October 7th.

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.


A Macedonian clay baking pot inverted on a wooden surface

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

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WW Freestyle: 12
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Macedonian Vegetable and Meat Stew
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Macedonian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 379


  • 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; turn oven to 350˚F, and cook it uncovered for 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Garnish with parsley.
  • Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes then serve it warm with crusty bread.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 12
Nutrition Facts
Vegetable and Meat Stew – Turli Tava
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 985mg28%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 4495IU90%
Vitamin C 51.4mg62%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: meat stew, turli tava, vegetables stew

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Турли Тава Turli Tava Macedonian-Style Vegetable and Meat Stew in a clay baking dish

98 Responses
  1. Anthony

    I was deployed to Macedonia way back. The food there is amazing! We stopped at a restaurant in Skopje, and for the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the dish. It came out in a clay pot with bread sealing the lid. It was thicker than a normal stew, almost like an American chili but with large pieces of beef. Is this that same dish or is I something else. I would love to make it for my wife.

  2. Lena

    I have a pot just like yours that I brought back from Macedonia . But I don’t know how to prepare before using it. Someone told me to fill it with water and put it in the oven on high heat. Someone else said to oil it and then let it bake in the oven. I,m scared to use it in case something goes wrong.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Lena!
      Are you afraid that it will break in a hot oven? I haven’t had that problem, but I was told to soak it in cold water for 15 minutes before its first use.
      Then, when ready to bake, put the clay pot inside the oven and then turn on the oven. For this recipe, I cook it at 350˚F and just stir it around several times during the cooking process. At the end, you can increase the heat to 425˚F so to get a bit of browning on top. I hope that helps. 😊

  3. LW

    We followed the recipe exactly and got a tasteless mix of meat and vegetables at the end… Definitely, something’s wrong with this recipe. We have been to Macedonia and the food there is great, nothing like this

  4. Sharon Howard

    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.

  5. Beth Michelle

    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 🙂

  6. Marie

    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.

  7. Ally

    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 🙂

  8. Ashley @ Freckles & Spice

    This dish looks amazing. I will make it regardless of whether or not I win the bowl. Although it will be better in the bowl : ) Great giveaway

  9. Terra

    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

  10. Amy Linder

    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!

  11. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    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!

  12. Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev)

    My last vacation was out west – first to Zion where we amazingly completed the Angels Landing hike (yikes!) then onto Bryce. Spent a few days falling in love with Vegas too – what a foodie heaven it is!

  13. mjskit

    What a great stew and stew pot!!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. Our last vacation was to southern Colorado.

  14. Sandra

    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.

  15. Dee at Deelicious Sweets

    I already like you on facebook. I have never experienced jet lag but I don’t think it would’t be any fun!

  16. Kimberly (unrivaledkitch)

    Gorgeous stew Kate! I’m so glad to see your recipes and cooking back up and with so much authenticity! I hope your jet lag gets better and you’re doing well. Take care

  17. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    Welcome back, Kate! Love this vegetable and meat stew!
    We went to Kansas (Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita) last summer…

  18. kita

    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.

  19. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    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…

  20. Anne@frommysweetheart

    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!

  21. Baking Serendipity

    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!

  22. Lindsey@Lindselicious

    Welcome back Kate! Hope you had a great time. My last major vacation (not counting home and within Cali) was NYC!

  23. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz

    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 🙁

  24. Ann

    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!

  25. Happy When Not Hungry

    Love that dish from Macedonia! It’s exquisite. I’m actually in Mexico City for work… I was here for a weekend so I did get to vacation a bit 🙂

  26. Katherine Martinelli

    Welcome back!! I absolutely love that clay pot! I’ve long wanted a clay pot for cooking and this would be perfect! So sweet of you to bring something back to give away! 🙂

  27. Kari

    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!

  28. Kristy

    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. 🙂

  29. Jamie @ the unseasoned wok

    I’m so glad you’re back! It sounds like you had a great time. You are so sweet to bring something back for your fans. I’m a FB fan and now following you on twitter! Welcome back.

  30. Ali

    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.

  31. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    Welcome back!! Hope you had an amazing trip!
    My last vacation was to Colorado.

  32. Claudie

    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 🙂

  33. Tina@flourtrader

    This stew looks so hearty-I love one dish meals and your dish is pretty neat. Thanks for sharing this great recipe and welcome back!

  34. The Elegant Eggplant

    What a beautiful stew this is!! And I love the dish of course. My last vacation was to my parents house in Cape Cod…. love it there. Welcome back!!!

  35. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    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.

  36. Chris and Amy

    That stew sounds fabulous! And the pot is gorgeous. On our last vaca, we went to Maine and enjoyed a beautiful week at Goose Rocks Beach.

  37. Megan @ Pip and Ebby

    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!

  38. The Food Hunter

    we went to Mt. Rushmore for our last vacation. This is a beautiful bowl. Thanks for a great giveaway

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