VILLAGE PAN (SELSKA TAVA)

Village pan is one of the most popular and the most tasty Macedonian dishes. There are many recipes of village meat and everyone makes it according their own taste. It's a traditional Macedonian dish, basically consisted of meat and onion. It is usually prepared in winter. 

Ingredients:

  • 500 g fresh pork
  • 300 g smoked pork
  • 300 g fresh mushrooms champignons
  • 1/2 kg of chopped onion
  • 3-4 dried peppers100 ml white wine
  • 100 ml water
  • spices
  • 1 tablespoon mixed dried vegetables
  • optional black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 250 g grated cheese
I have to admit that I don't put mushrooms, but instead I add more dried peppers for more "village" taste.

Preparation:

  1. The meat is cut into pieces in desired size and cooked in a pan on hot oil or fat.
  2. Once the meat is lightly browned, move it aside and cook onions, mushrooms and dried peppers in the same fat. Add salt depending on how salty smoked meat is. Add spices and dried vegetables. 
  3. Pour everything into an earthenware pot. Then add wine and water and close the pot with aluminum foil or suitable cover. The tray is baked in the oven at 180 - 200 degrees approximately for 3 hours.
  4. Before the end when most of the liquid is vaporized and the meat is soft, add grated cheese on top and place in oven again until it gets a beautiful golden yellow color. 
I suggest red Macedonian wine with this dish. Enjoy!