April 21, 2010

Tavče Gravče from Macedonia

Considered the national dish of Macedonia, Tavče Gravče is a simple, basic recipe that has been customized in many of the Balkan countries. I followed the recipe from Macedonian Food, Cuisine and Recipes

Though the dish is traditionally made in a terracotta pot, I only served it on one, with a couple of slices of toasted bread for dinner. I used canned cannelloni beans and it made for fast cooking. Sauté one small chopped onion and a clove of minced garlic in a tsp of olive oil,  add a small chopped tomato and let it cook for a few minutes. Add the beans with some water, season with salt, pepper and some paprika. I also added some chopped mint. Cook for a few minutes. Transfer into a baking dish (I used a pan that can go from the stove to the oven :) ) Bake for about 10-15 minutes, till the liquid is used up and a thin crust is formed. The dish reminded me of the Tunisian Lablabi, with a garlicky flavor. A perfect week night dinner!

I am sending this to My Legume Love Affair 22 hosted by Ruchikacooks. The event was started by Susan of the The Well-Seasoned Cook.
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