Balkan home cooking dish - Gjuveche
I have a very quick and easy dish for our lunch today.
Super simple and one of our childhood favourites.
My dad used to make it when I was growing up, actually this was the only thing he used to, so called, cook for us( I am not counting pancakes and scrambled eggs though)
Nowadays he is much better, I must admit and he has improved his culinary skills. Any way, this lunch in a pot is called “gjuveche”. Тhe name comes from Turkish- güveç.
In different parts of the country, there is a little twist to the main ingredients, but generally there is always onion, pepper, tomatoes, feta and egg.
Basically it is layers of seasonal vegetables that you can find in the grandparents’ garden and add anything you fancy that have in the fridge. It could be vegetarian, vegan or made with meat or a few different meats also.
It could be made in small pots or in one big terracotta pot.
Today my take on it:
Always put some olive oil or butter at the bottom,
Slices of leeks, then some mushroom , slices of red peppers,
Good quality ham,
Red and yellow cherry tomatoes
Fresh basil leaves,
Some chunks of mozzarella
Some more mushrooms,
A few more tomatoes
And a good splash of olive oil, black pepper and put the lid on.
Oh, and some olives …
Bake in the oven for 30 mins at 200 degrees.
Then remove the lid, sprinkle some grated mozzarella and crack an egg.
Back in the oven for a few minutes and it’s done!
My dad adds a chilly pepper in the winter. I just sprinkled some chopped parsley.
There are so many different options, you can use salami or mince, in some areas in Bulgaria they put slices of boiled potatoes also.
Possibilities are endless but one thing is fo sure- it is super easy. I do like it cold too. ( I know! Weird!!)
I wish I remember to make it more often.
Unfortunately the kids don’t eat it ( too many vegetables, you see), but if I have some leftover mashed potatoes and some mince, I make the mince like I would cook a bolognese sauce ( or add some chopped tomatoes and layer the mash with the mince, top it up with grated cheese, crack an egg and job done!
I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe and Keep cooking at home, it is so much fun!