North Macedonia are appearing in the finals of a major tournament for the first time ever thanks to a decisive goal in qualifying from their veteran captain Goran Pandev, who at age 37 remains full of beans.
It surely must be due to all the Tavce Gravce he eats- the national dish of North Macedonia, which consists of spicy baked beans. It is traditionally eaten at Friday lunchtime in the Southeastern European country.
Ingredients (Serves 4):
- 1 can haricot beans
- 2 onions , sliced
- 2 red onions , sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 green chilli, finely chopped (optional)
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1 yellow pepper, sliced
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 50ml rapeseed or olive oil
- 1 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup coriander finely chopped
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Add the oil to a large frying or saute pan and bring to a medium heat.
- Add the garlic, onions, red pepper, yellow pepper and green chilli and fry until softened and lightly browned.
- Stir in the chilli powder and paprika as well as salt and pepper and stir well to coat all the vegetables.
- Add the can of beans and flour and stir through to mix everything well.
- Cover with a lid and turn the heat down to low to let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes.
It’s ready to serve at this point, but if you want the flavours to develop even more you can transfer to the oven to let it bake for a few hours at a low temperature.
I served it with some nice slices of toasted bread to add a bit of texture and interest. It was super spicy, which I loved, but you might want to tone down the green chilli and chilli powder if you prefer things on the milder side.