Polneti Piperki

A very popular dish in Macedonia. You'll absolutely adore this dish, and both healthy and delicious!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North Macedonia
Keyword: ground turkey, potatoes, red bell peppers
Servings: 8


  • 8 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large ripe heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 g proscuitto
  • 1 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup dry barley
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • large handful fresh basil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 3 medium potatoes

For the paprika sause

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 large ripe heirloom tomatoes
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Heat a large frying pan over low-medium heat. Add oil then onions and a sprinkling of salt. Saute until softened, 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  • Turn heat up slightly to medium and add the chopped proscuitto. Cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  • Add ground turkey (or whichever ground meat you're using) and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring continuously to brown on all sides.
  • Stir in the cooked barley (or rice). Add paprika and mix through; once fragrant (1-2 minutes) add chopped blanched* tomato and stir. Remove from heat and stir in the basil, salt and pepper.

Photo credit and inspiration: healthyrecipesblogs, sezahrana.mk, notesfromamessykitchen.com