Bulgarian style gyuvetch

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Sofia Kratchanova

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“This Bulgarian style potato guyvetch is a staple in the Bulgarian cuisine. This is a traditional recipe for Bulgaria and the guyvetch is usually cooked in special hand made clay pots. We prepare this comfort food mainly during the winter. It’s a meal to enjoy with your whole family. And a tip from me: be aure to eat it warm and with a lot of fresh hot peppers. Enjoy 🇧🇬”


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½ kg pork neck
¾ kg potato (peeled)
red bell pepper
green bell pepper
½ bag green beans
⅓ kg okra
2 heads onions
500 g tomato purée
2 tsp summer savory
2 tsp dried mint
4 tsp sweet paprika powder
sunflower oil


  • knife
  • Step 1/9

    • ½ kg pork neck
    • ¾ kg potato (peeled)
    • eggplants
    • knife

    Chop the meat, potatoes and eggplant in medium sized pieces and place them in your slow cooker or Dutch oven.

  • Step 2/9

    • carrots

    Then chop the carrots in round pieces and add to slow cooker/dutch oven.

  • Step 3/9

    • red bell pepper
    • green bell pepper

    Clean the seeds from the bell peppers, chop them in medium sized pieces and place in the slow cooker with the other vegetables and meat.

  • Step 4/9

    • ½ bag green beans
    • ⅓ kg okra

    Add in your green beans. If you need to chop them first, go ahead. Add the okra as it is.

  • Step 5/9

    • 2 heads onions

    Finely chop the onion and add

  • Step 6/9

    • 500 g tomato purée
    • 2 tsp summer savory
    • 2 tsp dried mint
    • 4 tsp sweet paprika powder
    • salt

    Mix all of the seasonings with the tomato purée (it’s going to spread evenly this way). Add the tomato purée to the other ingredients and stir until all of the purée has coated the vegetables and the meat.

  • Step 7/9

    • sunflower oil

    Be sure to put oil on the guyvetch. Use as much as you like. In Bulgaria we use a bit too much oil, so do it to your taste.

  • Step 8/9

    Add half a cup of water to the guyvetch.

  • Step 9/9

    Place your Dutch oven in the oven with the lid on. Cook for approx. 2 hours and a half on medium heat. The dish is ready when the potatoes and meat are cooked, so try it out a few times.

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