Giouvetsi (also written Guvetsi) is very small pasta which looks like rice. It
is made from wheat, however!
On Crete this very popular side dish is mostly eaten with meat. There are many
variations, such as lamb giouvetsi, pork giouvetsi, beef giouvetsi. Having said
that, there are endless possibilities, and it’s quite common to eat giouvetsi
with vegetarian options, such as green beans.
Typically the meat is diced and is prepared with giouvetsi, garlic, tomatoes and
onions in a clay pot.
Giouvetsi is almost always a main course, and costs between €6 - 8. Vegetarian
versions sometimes cost a bit less. Giouvetsii can be bought in every
supermarket on Crete – you can find them nestling alongside more standard pasta
variations, such as spaghetti and penne.