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Typical Macedonian tavče gravče
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Tavče gravče (Macedonian: Тавче гравче) or fasoulotavas (Greek: Φασουλοταβάς), "beans in a skillet") is a traditional Macedonian dish. It is prepared with fresh beans and it can be found in almost all restaurants in Macedonia and all over the Greek and Macedonian diaspora. It is served in traditional earthenware. Tavče gravče is considered the national dish of the Republic of Macedonia.
Below are the ingredients for preparing the dish, but every cuisine uses other ingredients, too, and has its own method of preparation.
The beans are cleaned and then soaked in cold water for 3 hours to become soft. After that they are boiled in a pot. After first boiling, the water is thrown out and replaced with fresh water. Then the onion and the red pepper are added. Apart in a pan, an onion together with the black pepper are fried. When the beans are boiled, they are put in earthenware together with the onion and the red pepper and stirred well. Afterwards, a lid is put on the earthenware and the dish is cooked in an oven at 220 °C. During the baking, the beans are cooked carefully so that they do not become dry.
The earthenware does not just give a traditional look to the meal, but also keeps the beans warm.
The beans may be eaten with different kinds of meat.
Tavče gravče in the Tetovo style is widely known in Macedonia.