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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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.

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Vegetable and Meat Stew – Turli Tava

Macedonian Vegetable and Meat Stew
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 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
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  • 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.


Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 985mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4495IU | Vitamin C: 51.4mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 4mg

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

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  1. Terry Davis says:

    Can this dish also be prepared in a Ninja Foodi or other air fryer/cooker?

  2. Anthony says:

    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.

  3. Lena says:

    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 says:

      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. 😊

  4. LW says:

    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

  5. Sharon Howard says:

    I Stumbled up the giveaway.

  6. Sharon Howard says:

    I shared the giveaway on facebook.