Balkan Pork and Peppers Recipe - Selsko Meso

Pork, peppers, and mushrooms
Pork, peppers, and mushrooms. Father.Jack / Wikimedia Commons and Flickr / CC-BY-2.0
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
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Selsko Meso is one of those dishes claimed by many Balkan peoples. Macedonians, Serbians, Croatians and others put their own spin on this dish of stewed or grilled meat and peppers. Some add ground beef meatballs to the pork already in the dish. It's hearty food brimming with a trinity of green peppers, onions and tomatoes.

Jovanka Damjanovic of Merillville, Ind., sautes hers and adjusts the spiciness according to her family's individual tastes. She serves it with homemade mashed potatoes, pogacha bread and kajmak.

Here are Step-by-step instructions for making selsko meso.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large green peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup (about 4 ounces) chopped mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon Vegeta seasoning powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sweet or hot paprika

How to Make It

  1. Add oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add pork and saute until no longer pink on the OUTSIDE. Alternatively, the pork and vegetables can be grilled.
     
  2. Add the onion, green peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms in stages, sauteing a few minutes after each addition.
     
  3. When the onions are translucent and the tomatoes and mushrooms have exuded their juices, add the Vegeta and water, stirring well.
     
  4. Add the paprika and cook, stirring frequently, until the flavors have married, about 5 minutes, and the pork is tender and no longer pink on the INSIDE.
     
  1. Serve with mashed potatoes, pogacha bread and kajmak.