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#2 … Some Hungarian Appetizers – Jewish Eggs a.k.a. Polish Eggs

A Taste of Home … Jewish Eggs  a.k.a. Polish Eggs

The history of Jewish eggs … in addition to matzah dumpling soup and chulent – was one of the fundamental features of European Jewish cuisine. Grated boiled eggs mixed with onions and mustard were favorably consumed in all Jewish and nonb Jewish families. Jewish egg is the appetizer of Saturday lunch in Jewish cuisine, hence its name.

In the original version, in addition to onions and eggs, goose fat and goose liver were among the ingredients, but many make it in the simplest version, which contains only eggs.

It is believed that the goose was introduced to the Hungarians by the Jews of Poland in the 19th century. Since the cream also contains goose fat , the Jewish egg inherited another name called:  “Polish Egg”.

It is very easy to make, don’t have to fiddle about it for hours. The Jewish egg, of course, not only looks good on the festive table, but when sandwiched, it is loved by both adults and children. It is worth making a double dose next time because it is unstoppably delicious.

Recipe for 6-8 people. Preparation time: 20 mins. Leave to rest: 30 mins.
Ingredients: 8 eggs, ½ glass of goose or duck liver, finely chopped, 2 brown medium onions finely chopped (or spring onions chop together with the green.), may include red onions as taste, a pinch of salt or Hungarian red pepper, 1 bunch of parsley, chopped (optional), 2 tbsp. mustard, 1-2 tbsp. sweet dessert wine, or 1 tbsp. sugar, 2 × 2 tbsp. goose or duck fat at room temperature (substitutable with vegetable oil). Some families add the goose liver but without it it is very delicious. Mustard shouldn’t be too pronounced, but it shouldn’t be missing either.

Prepairing: Grated boiled eggs are grated or chopped very finely. The chopped onion is simmered in two tablespoons of fat until glassy, then we throw in the liver and simmer for another 5-6 minutes. Remove the wine or sugar from the flame. In another bowl, mix the other ingredients. The steamed liver is cut into very small pieces and this is also added to the eggs. Refrigerate for  at least an hour to bring the flavors together, served with fresh crackled bread, rolls or baches.

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#12 Taste of Traditional Homemade Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta

The Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta is one of the excellences of our domestic dishes.

It’s actually a hot appetizer even though it is prapaired with the pancake, but leaving out the sugar!

The veal stew pancakes,or with chicken breast or with in advance have the filling with paprika chicken stew is something that foreigner countries may not have had even heard about. Now will share …  (see, follow the recipe  here to cook the paprika chicken stew @ “Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #1 “

The name Hortobágy pancakes does not really come from Hortobágy … title of Hortobágyi pancake was invented by a Hungarian chef for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. Due to its unique taste and easy preparation, it soon became a popular dish. However, pancakes from Hortobágy has nothing to do with venue of Hortobágy.

A word or two in brief synthesis about the region of Hortobágy. The Hortobágy is a landscape that is endowed with its unique history, valuable wildlife and unique folk tradition with characteristic Hungarian features. Hortobágy steppe in eastern Hungary is the largest contiguous natural grassland in Europe. Before the Mongols and later the Turks burned the villages here, it was a wooded area, and then the animals of the returnees cleared the vegetation, thus forming its present-day image. The Hortobágy National Park, established in 1973, includes a significant part of Nagykunság in addition to the plain. Traditional livestock and grazing are practiced in the area, and ancient Hungarian animal breeds such as gray cattle are kept. The name of the region  holds the once flourishing settlements, which were destroyed during the Turkish occupation, are preserved by the names of wilderness parts.

Now back to the Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta recipe!

Ingredients:  8 pancakes  serve for 2 person – preparing: 70mins. (wish to have more then double the weight/size of ingredients)
For the paprika chicken: 700 g chicken breast fillet, 1.5 medium head onions, 650 ml water, 3 teaspoons paprika, salt, black pepper (ground).
For frothing: 175 ml sour cream (20%), 50 g wheat flour.

Preparation and cooking: Wash the chicken breast fillet, chop into small cubes, then set aside, chop the onion, then fry in a little oil, salt and pepper. simmer for about 40 minutes. Tip! At this point we can add a little tomatoes and peppers to the meat as a fortification. While the meat is steaming, we make the frothing. Stir in the sour cream until smooth, When the meat has evaporated until soft, strain the juice from the meat. The meat is set aside for the time being, the juice is then put back on the fire and scraped. With constant stirring, some of the juice is added to the frothing – this is called heat equalization – and then the frothing is mixed with the juice. Cook for a while, stirring constantly, until the flour is gone, When we are done with the frothing, set the sauce aside. Now we grind the meat, Finally we put on the pancakes 3-4 mm thick in a square shape from the minced meat, then we sprinkle a little sauce. Then we fold the filling into the pancakes, Then we fold them, we serve the loaded pancakes sprinkled with sauce, garnished with sour cream and parsley.

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Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #3

Beef Style “Budapest˝  – Budapest Bélszín

“Q” What kind of  beef meat is to buy, to suit to cook ˝Budapest˝ Sirloin?

“A” The fillet beef is an expensive cut of beef but make sure to get the middle section and not the tail ends – the plumper the better – also make sure the butcher does not fold or roll up the fillet to make it look rounder. It needs to be the middle cut of the fillet.

The ˝Budapest˝ Sirloin is a beef roast dish with mashroom, goose liver and green pea ragout. It can also be easily prepared at home and is something typically found in restaurnts as well.  Can be served having rice or patatoes, but yet some like it with French fries.

Ingredients for 4 persons – Preparing time: 45mins

One large onion, salt, 1/2 tsp pepper sweet red paprika powder, 200 goose liver, 100 g smoked ham or bacon, 1 Hungarian sweet yellow pepper, 200 g mashrooms, 1 large tomatoe, 150g green peas, 600 g fillet of beef, 1/2 handful of parsley, oil for the stew and for the grill.

Cooking: Cut the smoked ham and the veggies into pieces. Dice the onion finely. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sweat the onion in it until translucent. Add the ham into the pan and fry until crisp. Deglaze the pan with some stock then add the sliced pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms and paprika powder. Cook over high heat, stirring lightly continuously til the veggies are browned. Add then the peas and continue cooking on lower heat until they are tender. Seasoning with salt, pepper and parsley. Now cut the beef and the the liver into slices, flatter a little with the palm of your hand. Heat the oil in a skillet and grill the for around 5 mins on both each side until the center is medium rare and in the same skillet grill the liver for about 1to 2 mins. (keep in mind only grill the goose liver when all is to be served cause it cools down quicky.) The place half of the ragout on a serving dish and on the  fillets and the liver on the top. Place the rest of the ragout on each of the fillets and on top the goose liver. For side dish can have rice, potatoes or French fries.

There are other beef styles in Hungarian which are popular, just as forexample the Beef Stroganoff Style with mushroom, gherkins and shallot in creamy sause (see here @ previous recipe: https://rollinginbudapest.com/2020/06/08/part2-continue-gastronomy-inherited-over-50-years-of-russian-rule-hungary/

© by Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #1

It was and is nice to have you around. Don’t know how many of you have tried to make your own mouthwatering “Cook Show” with the soups during last week post. Whether your tummy was full of the results of your wonderful taste … will not stop here, cause the traditional Hungarian main foodies yet to come.

As the situation around the world by coronavirus (COVID-19) the numbers of infections are high and low, it is a great preoccupation to enloose your mind by occuping yourselves a little and enjoying the pleasure of cooking and deservedly eat the delicous soups made unsubstituted.

Now lets talk about Hungarian food that local and foreigners are fond of without mentioning Goulash which already is a crusine landmark in-and-out of Hungary. A couple of soups, meat dishes, veggies, sweeties have had already wrote about at the previous: “New Theme on its way – “Q” & “A”.

This week starting with 

Chicken Paprikash with Nokedli – Hungarian egg noddle-dumplings – Nokedlis Paprikás Csirke

Chicken in sour cream, which is not only by locals but as well touched by the flavor of foreigners after the most favorit the Hungarian Goulash soup.

“Q” Is it a stew?

“A”  Not exactly … the chicken cooked in cream and paprika along with olive oil and bell peppers.

“Q” What is the role of the paprika?

“A” Most of the Hungaian stews do not rely on flour or roux for thickening. Paprika takes over the power in thickening. Also is in use in many kitchen to add color, flavor to the dish.

“Q”  What does it taste like?

“A” The paprika as the main ingredient gives it a piquant hotness. If you’re not into chilies, be careful with this!

Good to know … The first use of the word “paprika” in English is from 1896. It came from the Hungarian word “paprika” which was a diminutive of the Serbo-Croatian word “papar” meaning pepper. Hungary is a major source of paprika and it is more commonly used.

Paprika is likely Hungary’s most popular spice, and these are a series of dishes in which it’s the star ingredient.
Paprikash is composed of a creamy, paprika-rich sauce added to a number of different options: chicken, catfish, or
mushrooms are the most common variations. Garnish Nokedli (Hungarian egg noodle-dumplings), and the meal is complete. This is comfort food at its finest, very easy, flavorful meal … but caution … should not have read this with an empty stomach.

Ingredients for 4 person, preparing time: 60-90 mins.

4 pieces of chicken legs, 2 small onions, 1 and a half tbs sweet red papreika powder, 1-2 tomatoes, 1-2 Hungarian sweet yellow paprika. 200 ml sour cream, 2 tbs flour, 2 tbs oil or lard. For the Noodles – Nokedli: 2 eggs, 411 flour, salt 300-350 ml water for the batter, 1 tbs oil and a pan for water  for cooking them.

Cooking: Sauté the finely chopped onions in a little oil until “glossy”, remove from the heat and stir in the paprika powder, watch out not to get it burned. Season it with salt and pepper. Mix well and add a touch of water and simmer. Add some water if it is getting too thick, not too much only not to burn  chicken. Add the cut chicken pieces and return the pan to the stove, leave the skin on c aíuse  by this it will not fall apart by cooking and the end may peel it off, if not prefer to eat it.  Now add pepper and tomatoe. Place the lid on, reduce the heat and simmer chicken until tender. Next, using a bowl, mix into the sour cream. Stir until smooth. Take some of the gravy mix it to the sour cream mixture and repeat it two times until homogeneous.  Before puring the  sour cream into the the pan, remove the chickens. Add the sour cream mixture  to the sauce. Mix it well then put the chicken back and simmer for ccya 4-5 mins. … Now this ain’t too complicated receipt… right 🙂

Now come the most loved by Hungarian and foreigners the cooking of Nokedli Hungarian egg noodle-dumplings.

In a deep bowl mix flour, salt, eggs and  water. Bring 4-5 liters of water to boil point in a large pot for cooking the Nokedli – dumplings.

Mix 1 tbs oil in it so that you get a batter that is easy to stir but not to be sticky and careful not to make it too loose. This will be perfect by experience. Form little dumplings  from the batter and cook them in the salted boiling water. The Nokedli will rise to the top cca. 2-3 mins as boiling, drain and rinse with cold water. Add cca. 1 tbs of oil and mix well. toform the Nokedli place alittle pasta on a cutting board and with a dipped knife cut a little one-by-one put in hot water.

May also achieve a further increase in taste by adding on top of the ready chicken a spoonful sour cream, as you please. Have a great experience cooking!

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Day-By-Day #7 … Hungarian Cuisine – Cold Sour Cherry Soup – Meggyleves

Cold Sour Cherry Soup – Hideg Meggyleves

You haven’t ate nothing yet if not to taste the traditional Hungarian sour cherry soup. The taste buds cannot resist this delicious soup.

 

“Q” What is that fruit soup?

“A” Yes … they are very common in Hungary.  A traditional homemade soup and served mostly as an appetizer and only sometimes as a dessert. This cold sour cherry soup is a bit more tart, making it a great starter dish.

The fruit soups are very popular all over the country and made from a wide variety of fresh fruits, such as … apple, sour cherry, elderflower, strawberry, red currant and gooseberry … soforth. It is a quintessential Hungarian summer soup!

The wild cherries stretches back through prehistory, the cultivation of cherries is believed to date to about 300 BC. The word cherry comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus, which reflects the western Asian origin of cherry cultivation and can also be seen unchanged in the name of one species of cherry.  The nearest linguistic ancestor of the English word – cherise – sounded too much like it was plural, and by time became cherry.

Cherries wonderfully flavorful in a wide range … from jams to pies, This soup is enjoyed through the summer months, because sour cherries are the earliest of the spring fruits, this soup is often associated with spring festivals and, among Hungary’s Jewish community, is a favorite for Shavuot. This soup has a wonderful, sweet-tart flavor.  Yummy served chilled, it makes a refreshing first course but also by the end of the meal as a desert will fit on a warm day.

Sour cherry soup is made with sour cream, sugar and whole fresh sour cherries. The soup is a good example of Hungarian fusion of  Eatern/Asian influences and traditional Continental European cuisine.   The sour cherry also called tart cherry or wild cherry. The fresh of the fruit being softer and is more acidic – so it is better for cooking and pastry.

In Hungary sour cream is called “tejföl”. It is a dairy product that is produced by souring heavy cream. Whether nott to trace at your area for this receipe any cooking cream will do.

Receipt for 4 person – preparation 30 mins. + cooling time.

Ingredients:  350 g ripe sour cherries (or one jar of bottled cherries), 1 lemon (fresh or juice), pinch of salt, 4 whole cloves, 1-2 cinnamon sticks, 100 g sugar,  100 ml red wine, 200 ml sour cream, 1 tbs flour … A small amount of sweet white or dry red wine is also sometimes added before serving.

Cooking: Wash the cherries … if needed remove pits … and place them in a pot. If using bottle cherries, add the juice as well. Add water which should always be double the cherries. Add a pinch of salt, the cinnamon, cloves and sugar to taste the flavor with the lemon juice and the lemon peal.  Simmer over low to medium heat for cca. 10-15 mins. Time depends whether having fresh or botled cherries. Add the red wine … will bring more the body flavor, but if not prefer to have alcohol then leave it out, it will be delicous anyway. While cherries are cooking mix flour and cream or sour cream and a touch of salt in a small bowl. Remore soup from the fire, take out some of the liquid and mix into the cream and flour mixture. Carefully pour it back,  constantly  …  make sure to split the temp. correctly, so the creram does not curdle, but if needed use a strainer. Return to the heat and cook for 5 mins. more stiring occasionlly.

Just a tip … Put spices in a small gauze pad, tie it with thread, and by the end of cooking just take it out of the soup. That’s it, don’t have to look for them one by one. When cool, refrigerate go to the finished soup

Serving the soup may add … to taste … on the already chilled soup whipped cream it will be not only pleasing to the eye but also the taste buds.

This Hungarian dish has been adopted by the Austrians, Poles, Slovaks, and Germans and Hungarian-Americans and Hungarian-Canadians brought the soup to North America.

To read more about traditional Hungarian soups, visit previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

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Day-By-Day #6 … Hungarian Cruisine – Chicken Ragout Soup with Tarragon

Chicken Ragout Soup with Tarragon – Tárkonyos Csirkeragú

This is a well-known traditional Hungarian fragrant creamy chicken soup with tarragon can be made with pork or chicken, choice depends on preference as at each region in Hungary everyone has their own recipe for it. Some people make it with chicken breast which is also fine and also may in using thighs because they give more flavor to the soup.

Easy to make this soup any day of the week. This healthy vegetable soup made with the twist of using tarragon and lemon juice.

Receipt for 4 persons – preparation time: 40-90 mins.

Ingredients: 2 chicken breast fillets, 1 head onion, 3 cloves garlic, 3 carrots, 2 white beets, 1 medium size kurnips, 1 medium size celery, 25 dkg mushrooms, 20 dkg green or yellow peas, 4 tbs oil, salt, pepper, tarragon, 4 veggie soup cubes, 2 dl cooking cream, 1 tbs flour, 1 tbs parsley, half a lemon.

Cooking: Cut the chicken breast fillet into small cubes. Chop the onion and garlic. The vegetables are cleaned and diced except for the green or yellow peas.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and saute the onions over it. Add the meat and fry until white. Add the two types of beets, turnips and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, tarragon and chopped garlic. Then add to it as much water (cca 2 liters) as you want to make the soup… less water to make the soup thicker. Add the veggie soup cubes, bring to a boil, then add the peas and mushrooms. Cook until all ingredients are soft (about 10 mins).

Pour the cream into a small bowl, sprinkle with flour and mix. Add 3-4 tbs of less hot soup, stir until smooth, then add to the boiling soup. Bring to boil on it and finally add the chopped fresh parsley and freshly squeezed lemon juice (it is recommended to taste, rather add less lemon, which can be replaced to taste when served).

To read more about traditional Hungarian soups, visit previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day #5 … Hungarian Cruisine – Palóc Style Soup

Palóc Style Soup – Palóc leves

The Palóc were a tribe of people of Slovak origin who settled in North-Eastern Hungary from where this soup originates.

The writer and MP, Kálmán Mikszáth, who is often referred to as the Great Palóc, asked János Gundel, the founder of the most famous dynasty in Hungarian gastronomy, to make him a dish that would be characteristic of the region where the Palóc folks live and with their cuisine. The most widely known village of the Palóc region is Hollókő – Hungary. The village is declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. The landscape of the village perfectly fits into fairy tale. The venue comprises 58 heritage buildings that are representative of 17th century village architecture.

The origin recept calls for mutton or lamb, yet if  prefer can also subsitute for pork or beef. Keep in mind, different meat pieces cook shorter and/or longer. Many people add some fresh dill or some drops of vinegar to it  depending on theindividuals taste.

Receipt for 4 people – preparation time 40 to 90 mins.

Ingredients: 900 g pork, beef or mutton, 1 big onion, 250 ml sour cream, 1 handful green fresh or fozen beans … In Hungary green and yellow beans are available. Growing in the season having fresh and if out of it the frozen one are cooked. Two médium size potatoes, 4-5 Bay leaves, sweet red paprika powder, dalt, ground caraway, ground pepper to taste and 1/2 tbs flour. A hint … add as many or as a few potatoes and beans as prefer, but roughly cca 1 medium potatoe and about 150 g beans/person to serve.

Cooking: Chop and fry the onions and season with bay leaf and caraway. Cut the meat in cubes, Wash and place them into a saucepan with the fried onions. Season with red paprika powder and some ground black pepper and stew slowly until about the meat is half tender. Add potatoes, cook and sauté them a little bit longer. Pouring water on it if needed and boil. Add the green or yellow beans and cook on for 10-15 mins more and look afterwards that all parts are cooked well. When the soup is ready, set aside to cool down a bit.

Next to thicken with the sour cream first take a seperate bowl in which add a little flour and mix together. Be careful when addig sour cream. Make sure to have non boiling temperature. Might wish to use a strainer, but addig the sour cream to the less hot soup it will be easy to mix the two.

To read more about traditional Hungarian soups, visit previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day #4 … Hungarian Cruisine – Bean Soup á la Jókai

Bean Soup á la Jókai

(Jókai Bableves)

The soup is named after Jókai Mór who was a famous Hungarian novelist of the 19th century and this soup was his favorit. The bean soup is an exceptionally luscious dish. The flavor of the delicious vegyies mix with knuckle, sausage. At the end  may serve with 1-2 tbs of sour cream it brings the taste you cannot let go, simply marvelous  …  and nowonder just as the novalist you will love this bean soup. It is really a mouthwatering soup with the scrumptious smoky meat  that brings a perfect harmony of taste.

In Hungary the dried beans are grouped according to hardness, most Hungarian sorts have to be soaked well. By soaking the beans will grow and allow a shorter in time for cooking. The soup also preserves the most nutrients, and get the benefits of all proteins, vitamins and minerals.

Good to Know … It is common knowledge that beans are difficult to digest, but if at first only cook the beans in in cold water and after boiling  pour the  hot water off  twice, thenafter in fresh water cook with smoked meat, we get a much lighter soup and less harm to digest.

Receipt for 4 persons  – preparing time: cca 90-120 mins.

Ingredients:  300 g dried beans (soaked overnight), 300 g smoked pork sausage and ham shank, 1 celeriac root, peeled and diced, 3- 4  medium size carrots, 1 parsnip, 2-3 bay leaves, 2 tbs oil, 2 tbs flour 1/2 tbs sweet red paprika powder (but if prefer hot then use stronger one), 2 garlic cloves crushed, salt, peppercorn, vinegar to taste, hot chilli paprika on the top to feel the heat of the soup,  2-4 tbs sour cream, 2-3 tbs tinny rolyale (levesbetét).

Cooking: Soak the beans and the smoked ham overnight seperatly. Discard some of the water if too salty (it depends how smoked it was previously), pour some fresh water in the pot. Put them with bay leaves, peppercorns and sausage in a casserole and bring it boil over low heat. The same pot can be in use as soaking and cooking. Peal and cut the carrots, parsnip and celeriac. After 30-40 mins or when the beans and ham are already tender may add the vegyies to the casserole. Heat the oil in a small frying pan, add flour, keep stirring and heat it until it turns light brown. Take it off the heat, then add papirka powder and  sliced garlic. Take alittle out of the soup and add it to the roux, quickly mix well to get a liquid gravy. Stir th eroux into the soup, so it will thicken and bring it to boil. Add the tiny dry royale into the soup. Within that it will require 10 mins further cooking, best to know when ready seeing the royale slowly floating up to the top of the soup, then cca 3-4 mins and served.

To read more about traditional Hungarian soups, visit previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day #3 … Hungarian Cruisine – Sour Cream Potato Soup with Sausage

As many already know by visiting Hungary or friends who have found out the for the Hungarians generally love soup. Hungarian cuisine is charactersed by light and heavy soups with herbs and also soups made of fresh fruits, creamed veggie side dishes, warm pasta dishes, fricassees, and of course countless variation of selicious sauces. Then comes te variety of fried, braised and cooked beef, pork, lamb an poutry dishes, oh and almost left out the mouthwatering fish from the lakes and river at Hungary. The history of Hungarian is a nutritional evolution accepting combining good ideas and even incorporating dominances … a synthesis of ancient, normadic, Slavic, Turkish, Italian, German, Austrian and French influences.

The Soup is an integral part of a meal at the table, but that doesn’t mean all Hungarians are dieing for soups, Some like it hot … spicey but not nessesary. Soup is an integral part of a meal in Hungary and one of course the first meals that come to your mind will probably the goulash soup.

Soup of the Day  – Creamy Potato Soup with Sausage

(Tejfölös burgonyaleves kolbásszal)

Receipt for 4 persons – Preparing time: 45-60 mins.

Ingredients: 4 big potatoes, 150 g smocked sausage, 3 tbs. oil, 2 tbs. flour, 2 tbs. sweet red paprika powder, 2 bayleaves,120 ml. sour cream,1 tbs.  vinegar, 1 small piece celery root, salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking:  Peel, cut the potatoes in large size of cubes.Slice sausage. Chop celery into 4 huge pieces. Add cca 3 times  as much water, salt, pepper and byleaves. Boil it until the potatoes get soft. Be sure to have enough water covering the potatoes. Then when its cooked , prepare the roux (hungarian – rántás) Heat the oil in a pot  then add flour, stirring constantly. After getting light brown, pull away from the fire and add one tsp of red paprika. Mix  some of the roux slowly with the potatoes. Follow sour cream. Take some of th gravy from the soup and mix it with the sour cream. Thenafter bring it to boiling point once more. When cooked as tasting adjust a little vinegar and salt if necessary.

Also, there ar some houeholds and regional variations… some people addsautéed onion as they make the rough, other like to put carrot and/or marjoram. Some people eat  with the potatoe soup the celeriac.

Sour cream (tejföl) it is a diary product that is produced by souring heavy cream very popular in Central and Eastern Europa. Mainly sold with 15% to 20% milkfat. It curdles less when cooked or added to the hot soup.

Hungarian smoky sasauge (Füstölt kolbász) is finely ground and contains nice  color red paprika than the Western sausages.

This soup is a fine example how something so simple can taste so good.

To read more about Hungarian soups, visit previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day #2 … Hungarian Cruisine – Green Pea Soup

Gastronomy, cooking and food have always been quintessential elements of Hungarian culture and consequently Hungarian cuisine boasts a wide array of diverse and unique characteristic flavors. The Hungarian cuisine is an evalution of a 1000 year long history based on Hungary’s favorable geographical conditions as well as the heritage of traditional farming, small scale food and crop production. By-the-way … Pea soup has been eaten since antiquity … it is mentioned in Aristophanes’ The Birds, and according to one source “the Greeks and Romans were cultivating this legume about 500 to 400 BC. During that era, vendors in the streets of Athens were selling hot pea soup.

Green Pea Soup

(Zöldborsó leves)

This is a very easy to prepare this delicous soup, especially during the season when fresh peas are out to purchase. A fast and light soup, wonderful on hot summer days. Can use fesh, frozen or canned peas. If using canned peas, rinse them well.

The Hungarian veggie soups can be light soups and thick soups. To make the soup thicker make it with light roux. Depending on the season … green pea, cauliflower, green beans are almost regular soups for the Hungarians.

For 4 person – Preparing time 30 mins.

Ingredients: 500g green peas, 1-2 medium size carrot, 1 parsnip, 1 small chunk celleriac root, 1 small onion, 1 bunch of parsley, 3 tbs. oil, 1 tbs flour, 1 tbs. sweet red paprika powder, salt, black pepper as preferred.

Cooking: Heat the oil in the pot, sauté onion until glistening on medium heat for cca. 5 mins. Adding the cut up vegyies and sauté up 3mins. Scatter flour on top,  stir (practical with wooden soup) for a minute. Removing the pot from the heat add the red paprika. Add cca. 1 liter cold water, let it start to boil. Add the green peas.  When the veggies is done ad the dumplings, cook for 3-4 mins.  until the dumplings and veggies are tender.

Dumplings: 200 g wheat flour (1 cup), 1 egg, pinch of salt, 1 dl, cca 1/2 cup cold water (it should be smooth not hard)

Just a hint … with fresh peas is the best. Can be easily in use of frozen peas, cause peas freeze pretty good. May add alittle sugar, it will not sweeten the soup but the peas will taste yummy.

To read more about traditional  Hungarian soups, visit previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© Aggie Reiter