Monastery Gyuvetch

Monastery Gyuvetch is a special dish which used to be prepared at the Rila Monastery kitchen.

Rila Monastery is one of the famous Bulgarian Visitors attractions - a monastery which has survived
many attacks by the Ottoman Turks and has provided a shelter for many innocent people.


1 kg braising beef
4 medium tomatoes
120 g mushrooms
1 cup rice
1 onion
150 g olives
a bunch of parsley
2 tbs vegetable oil
25 g butter
1 tbs sugar
2 1/2 cups beef stock
black pepper, paprika and salt

How to cook:

Cut the beef into cubes or small pieces and fry in a pan with a little oil for about 5 minutes.
Add the chopped onions, beef stock and paprika, 5 minutes later add the mushrooms
and rice and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes,add salt to taste,
the butter, 1 tbs sugar and whole olives, and cook for further 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 190C. Transfer the content of the pan into a baking dish
and cook for about 30 minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley and pepper before serving!