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Guvech Recipe

Enjoy this recipe from RMM workers Paula and Art Shore, currently working in an immigrant community in the Waterloo region of Ontario.

In the hot climate of our former home in the Middle East, this dish (or a similar version) was often prepared in the homes and sent to the local ovens in the neighborhood. There it was baked and then, along with hot fresh pita bread, was delivered to our door. In the Cappadocian region, it is often baked inside clay pots. Although the preparation of guvech was somewhat time-consuming, I have great memories of sharing these experiences with friends and their daughters. We huddled around their cutting boards on the floor, sipping our tea and sharing our lives and experiences. My legs were soon aching because I didn’t fold up as well as my more flexible friends but time was forgotten in the enjoyment of the moment. The memories and delicious tastes still linger.

GUVECH (Eggplant Casserole)

1 lb. chicken, beef, or lamb, cut into small pieces

15-20 cloves garlic, chopped or ¼ cup garlic powder

6 tbsp. pepper paste*

2 tsp. salt

1 med. eggplant, peeled and cubed

2 zucchini, cubed

2 carrots, cubed

2 potatoes, cubed

1 large onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks

4 tomatoes, thinly sliced



Mix chicken with garlic, pepper paste, and salt until well combined. Set aside as you cut up the vegetables except for the tomatoes. Using your hands, mix the vegetables together with the seasoned chicken. Add salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil. Put everything into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan (or larger if needed). Cover with sliced tomatoes, drizzle again with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Continue to bake, uncovered, until vegetables are soft and sizzling. Serve with rice or bulgur pilaf. Drizzle yogurt (with minced garlic) over individual servings, along with hot pepper flakes, as desired. Enjoy!

*Pepper paste can be purchased at Mediterranean groceries or be replaced with tomato paste.