Gyuvetch is one of the most famous Bulgarian meals and the first Bulgarian traditional dish we discovered 4 years ago when we came for the first time in Bulgaria. Easy to prepare and cook, gyuvetch is definitely a « Must Eat ».
Gyuvetch has several virtues that can only please us. For sure, it is firstly a very healthy dish, with natural and fresh ingredients. It consists mainly of vegetables, a little meat but it is not an obligation – it can be vegetarian – and an egg.
Gyuvetch is a popular catch-all dish you can make with just about anything you have in the fridge. It gets its name from the pottery dish that it is prepared and served in. You can find this pottery easily in Bulgaria. You can eat this meal in all typical restaurant in Bulgaria and cook at home the Gyuvetch everywhere in the world and even offer pottery to your loved ones accompanied by the recipe. A simple bowl can also work very well.
Gyuvetch is cool because finally there is a traditional recipe but you can also imagine many other ingredients according to desires. All is possible. Regarding the traditional recipe (For 1 Gyuvetch) :
- 1/2 lbs goat cheese or feta cheese,
- 1 egg,
- any kind of cooked chicken, pork, beef or any kind of sausages (optional),
- vegetables: 1 onion, 1/2 tomatoe, 1 red/green pepper, 1 cooked potato (or a portion of white rice), mushroom (optional),
- fresh greens: 1 tbsp parsley or dill (or any herbs will also do),
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil,
- black pepper, paprika and salt.
For our personal recipe, no meat, only a few Bulgarian sausage slices.
Chop or dice all ingredients that you have gathered. Make alternating layers of cheese, meat, and vegetables, but make sure you have cheese on top. Bake in the oven at 200C for 40 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Break the egg on top and put back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes. Enjoy your Gyuvetch.
Preparation : 10 min / Baking : 45 min / Price : 2 – 4 € / 350 Kcal / Friendly occasions.
More : The Rila Monastery have its own recipe, I share it with you here.