Gyuvetch : best of Bulgaria food!
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Monastery Gyuvetch, an oven baked meat and vegetable stew, is a dish from Bulgaria with a very special history.
It originated centuries ago in the kitchens of the Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.
More importantly, the Rila monastery has been responsible for fighting for and preserving the slavic and Bulgarian culture and religion through five centuries of Ottoman occupation.
No wonder that monastery gyuvetch has a special place in the heart of all Bulgarians.
Recipe for Monastery Gyuvetch from findbgfood.com:
2 lbs beef
4 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 lbs mushrooms
1 cup rice
1 onion, chopped
15 olives, whole
a bunch of parsley
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 cups beef stock
black pepper, paprika and salt
Cut the beef into cubes or small pieces and fry in a pan with a little oil for about 5 minutes or until brown.
Add the onions, beef stock and paprika, 5 minutes later add the mushrooms and rice and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, salt to taste, butter, sugar and olives, and cook for another 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Transfer the content of the pan into a baking dish and cook for about 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with parsley and pepper before serving.
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