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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 #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

“Q”&”A” Jewish Delicious Food – @ Hungarian Cuisines – Journey Through the Taste Buds

The Hungarian Jewish cooking may be rooted in the past, but its recipes aren’t staying there!

Don’t have to be Jewish to love the Jewish cuisine, it is enough to be a gourmet.

 

There is hardly a culture in which Jewish food and its preparation are not known in the world.

Just a little insight into the countless inherited and localized Jewish food at Hungary

The first Jewish cookbook was published in Hungarian in the 1880s, followed by several other, practical, kosher recipe collections. Due to the dispersion of Judaism, as many communities, as to many food choices and tastes.

Of course, Hungarian Jewry cannot be an exception. The borders of East and West, the typical Hungarian countryside, or even Budapest’s Jewish circles distinct types of food have become popular with a variety of ages.

The Old Jewish Food, was first published in 1984 and presented traditional Eastern European Jewish food, with the aim of preserving Hungarian Jewish dishes from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and the first half of the twentieth century. The food descriptions are a bit concise compared to the recipes, the author entrusts the method of preparation partly to the imagination of the chef or cook.

The Hungarians make many spice mixes at home, most of which include cumin, a few cloves, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, seeds, leaves, mint and, of course, salt, pepper, and the essential peppers, but of course the climate in Hungary is not favorable for all of them. cultivation.

From this abundant gastronomic offer here is one of a good … but  heavy crunchy-munchy

Goose bump with red onion

Goose bump It can also be considered akind appetizer. The Hungarians eat it with alot or without red onion.

(Good to know to avoid smelly onion in the breath, eat a tsp of fresh parsley, also when having garlic and its gone.)

Ingredients: cca 1/2 kg of goose skin, little water.
Cooking: The goose skin is carefully peeled off the meat (usually from the breast and back) … usually Hungarians buy at the market goose  bump …  cut into 2 x 2 cm cubes and then placed in a pot. Add enough water to cover it and cook it on a moderate fire, stirring sometimes. By the time the water evaporates, the crumb will turn nice yellow. Bake for a few more minutes, then pour a cca. 2 tbs of water into the fat and squeeze the lid of the pot. This will make the crackling crispy. Filter and pour the goose fat into a jar  and let it cool, later place it in the fridge and can be in use for cooking ie meat soup  by adding 1 tsp to richer the flavor.
Carefully pour the water into the flag fat, it is advisable to pull away from the oven.

 

Another yummy appetizing … Chicken Breast Bags with Rosemary

Ingredients: 600 g chicken breast, 16 slices of bacon, salt, pepper, rosemary thread

Instructions: Cut the bacon slices in half. Slice up and tenderize the chicken and put salt, pepper and rosemary on it, then cut it into 16 pieces.
Roll each piece into two slices of bacon and fix the whole thing with a piece of thread. Fix a piece of rosemary on each little bag. It will intensify the mouth watering smell of the dish. Place the bags on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for about 40 minutes.

Hungarian lunch is not lunch without soup on the table.

Meat soup with matzo dumpling

In Hungary, matzo dumplings are not so much made of mace flour, but there are those who make a mixture of coarsely crushed mace. Adding ginger and parsley is the secret to good matzo dumplings. Here is the recipe for mace.
Ingredients: 250 gr mace, 6 eggs,, 4 tbsp goose fat,, 2 bunches of chopped parsley, 2 heaped tsp. ginger powder, black pepper, salt and to make it more  a mocha spoon of soda bicarbonate as well and will be more lighter.
Cooking: eggs are mixed with the fat and the same amount of water is added to it as the amount of egg mixture in deciliters. Add the hand-crushed Passover, the finely chopped parsley, and then season with salt, freshly ground black pepper and lots of ginger. Once kneaded, place in the refrigerator for at least 60 mins. By hand form balls the size of a ping-pong ball out of it and cook it in hot goose soup or it can also cooked in the beef soup or chicken soup.

Stewed cabbage with smoked goose leg

It is very popular … heavy meal … by the Hungarians, but rather cooked in the season of winter.

Ingredient: 2 smoked goose legs, 3 tablespoons goose fat, 40 dkg barrel cabbage.

Cooking: Wash goose legs thoroughly with warm water and soak for an hour or two. Melt the goose fat and heat it over your thighs. Then add the washed sauerkraut and the whole thing, stirring occasionally, just simmer until soft.

Can almost hear the “Q” … where is the famous Jewish cholent? Not missing!

Goose leg and beef meat with boiled egg

Most probably many people have had already tasted the real Jewish Cholent, but maybe only a few have not cooked it yet. So here is a Hungarian cholent guided tour:

Before the recept … First things First …

“Q” Where does the name Cholent come from?

“A”  The word of uncertain origin …  it is a Jewish Sabbath meal consisting of beans mixed with meat, peas, or a mixture of beans and rice, or pasta. The Jews are forbidden to cook on Saturdays, therefore this food is placed on the embers of the closed stove on Friday, where it is cooked until Saturday.

“Q” How to cook cholent
“A” In a ceramic pot, iron pot or enameled pot.

“Q” Making it on a stove or an electric hob?

“A” The point is to put the dish in the oven, it should be well closed to bare cooking for long hours , also to prevent evaporation.

Ingredients: 40 dkg brown beans 40 dkg beef (for soup), 2 goose thighs, 40 dkg of smoked meat (smoked goose leg or breast is best), 1 small head onion, 1 tsp red pepper, 3 tbs oil or 2 dkg goose fat, 1 tbs flour.
Preparation of brine:
Fry the chopped onion on the fat, sprinkle with the red pepper, add the beans and smoked meat soaked the night before and thaw for approx. With 2 liters of water .Add the meats and sprinkle on top of the flour we mix. Cover the whole thing and bake in the oven until the garnishes are completely softened. Usually in large pots it is good to prepare and make sure the water at the beginning covers all. You only need to salt if the smoked meat in it is not salty enough. Many people put gerslit in the brine, but it is excellent without it. During cooking the water is absorbed by the beans and meats, if so it is recommended to add a little water, but it should be served with short juice, it should be dense.

Life is sweet but better to make it really sweet non the other way than baking Flódni. It is also prepared for some famous event or celebration. Its essential ingredients are all symbols of abundance: poppy, walnuts, dense plum jam, wine and apples. the most famous cake of Hungarian Jewry.

Flódni

Ingredients: 1/2 kg of flour, 1/2 kg of sugar, 1/2 kg of walnuts, 1 kg of apples, 3  tsp of honey, 3 egg yolks, 1 dl of oil, 1 lemon grated peel.

Baking instruction: Knead the flour, oil, egg yolks and a spoonful of honey. Divide the dough into three and then roll each out to the size of a baking pan. Oil the baking sheet and put in the first sheet. Lubricate it with oil, water it with honey and sprinkle it with the nuts mixed with half the sugar.  Lay the second sheet on top, oil it, water it with honey and sprinkle with half the grated apple mixed with sugar. May bake with other ingredients as listed a/m. Put the last plate on it, water it with oil and honey, smear it on it, and then bake it ready in the oven. Baking time 50mins.

Hopfully, the Hungarian Jewish delicacies cuisine took you on a yummy tour.

©Aggie Reiter

“Q” & “A” Slovenian Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen

Slovenian unique culinary journey on “Slavic Cooking” 

Most of Hungary’s food was formed and influenced many centuries ago by the cuisines of many different people kitchen … Turkish,  Italian, German, Bohemian-Moravian,  Polish, Croatian, Slovenian, Slovakian, Romanian,  during the Austrian Habsburg Empires expansion and also Jewish dishes just to mention a few.

It is no surprising foods migration to one and another  countries and becaming popular dishes kept boiling in today’s kitchens.  The Sloven foods are often simple and hearty. Many dishes are made with cream, such as mushroom soup, and pork sour soup. Horseradish with cream, a specialty of northeastern Slovenia, is often served with beef dishes.

In Slovenia also by experience realized “Cabbage” is a veggie which goes with many version in their gastronomy.

The Slovenian Cabbage Soup made its way to Hungary namely “Káposztaleves” which is a meaty cabbage soup that is often eaten on New Year’s Day. Káposztaleves is also thought to relieve the symptoms of a hangover, and this is probably the reason why this traditional Slovenian Soup became tradicional Hungarian soup is so popular on New Year’s Eve, but not to be confused with Korhelyleves or “Hangover Soup” which is known as one of the world’s greatest recipes with lots of paprika and 3 kinds of meat, topped off with a dollop of sour cream.

Hungarians call the soup (“Man-Catcher”) similar to the Sloven Cabbage Soup

Ingredients:  Ham hock, good size with lots of meat, 1 smoked sausage, ½  large head cabbage chopped or shredded, 8  cups of homemade chicken stock as a broth base or substitute or combined with water to make 4 quarts of liquid, 1  large onion chopped, 3 ribs celery chopped, 1 heaping tbs Hungarian paprika, 1 – 2  cups diced tomatoes, 1 or 2 Bay leaves. Add Sauerkraut (as much or little as you like), Salt & Pepper previously taste it. Sour cream to garnish.
Cooking Instructions. Saute onions and celery in bacon grease or lard, Toss in your cabbage, Add some S & P, Stir around until beginning to heat. Add your stock or water, ham hock, bay leaves and paprika. Bring to simmer. Allow to bubble on low for at least 2 hours. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Remove ham hock and dice the meat, placing it back into the broth.

Sloven Baked Mashrooms filled with Chesse

Ingredients: 12 whole fresh mushroom, 3/4 pound good quality of sliced Parmesan, mild Cheddar or Muenster cheese.

Cooking: Preheat oven to 300°F.  Wash the mushroom caps under running water, and remove the stems. Dry with paper towels. Cut the cheese into squares to fit between two mushroom caps. Make a “sandwich” of two mushroom caps with one square of sliced cheese between them. Secure with a toothpick, and place the mushrooms into greased pie plate or baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 mins until the mushrooms are tender, until bubbly and the cheese has turned golden brown.

Can be served up to 15 to 20 snacks, as an appetizer, but depending on the number of mushrooms can be a prepared for main meal as well with the same cooking as a/m.

The stuffed mashroom became one of the favorit yummy food in the Hungarian cuisine. It can be varied in many ways throughout all seasons. There is no limit in making stuffed mushrooms with all kinds of delicacies. Most of the work will run through… by the oven, and the result is very appetizing.

These stuffed mushrooms are full of flavour and a great way to start a dinner party. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Slovenia Potica Bread

“Q” What does Potica mean?

“A” A cake or bread filled with (ground) nuts, popular in Slovenia and in Croatia. (In particular, the Slovene variant of this pastry, in contrast to the Croatian variant, termed a povitica.

Slovenian nut roll is a celebratory bread baked for almost every important occasion and it is essential to the celebration of Palm Sunday and Easter. It resembles a jelly roll and is made of very thinly rolled yeast dough spread with a nut paste. The nut paste or filling may differ from region to region.
In Hungary namely different  … Chocolatey cocoa swirls, puffy dough and sprinkle of powdered sugar … this is the divine kakaós csiga (literally “cocoa snail”- cocoa rolls) and the dough can be include with chopped walnuts, pecans, poppy seeds, honey, butter, and dried fruits. There are around 75 sweet and savory traditional bread rolls around the world.

Ingredients:  3/4 cup of butter, 1 1/2 cup of sugar, 4 eggs, 3 cups sifted flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 2 cups sour cream, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla.

Prescription: Have butter at room temperature; cream with the sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Re-sift flour along with the baking powder, and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients alternately with sour cream and vanilla beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spread 1/3 of the butter in a greased bundt or 10 inch tube pan. Top cake mixture with 1/2 of the filling. Repeat; spread remaining butter over all.

Filling: 1 cup ground nuts, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tbs. flour, 1 tbs. cinnamon. Mix together nuts, sugar, flour and cinnamon.

Bake at 350 °F  (175 °C) on lowest oven shelf for about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Make sure cake is cooled completely before taking out of pan. Before serving, dust with confectioners’ sugar.

© Aggie Reiter

“Q” & “A” … Inherited Croatian food in Hungary

Popular Croatian Dishes that made home in the Hungarian kitchen

Ajngemahtec – Croatian Chicken Soup with Wheat Grits Dumplings

„Q” Where does the name „Ajngemahtec origin?

„A” The name comes from the German word eingemacht, which could be roughly translated as all in one, due to the fact this simple one-pot dish

„Q” Where did Ajngemahtec – Croatian chicken soup come from??

„A” The cuisine was strongly influenced by Croatia from the Austrian neighbors

Indeed it is nourishing soup with different veggies, containing chicken, heart dumplings and delicious with hearty dumplings. The soup usually served before Sunday lunch not only in Croatia, but Hungary as well as the home remedy to cure everything from flu to hangovers. In Croatia and Hungary it is common in adding to the chicken soup the VEGETA seasoning fulfills an extra flavor of veggies (but be careful with the salting later) Once you tried the mouthwatering soup you will love it. It is pretty simple to prepare it. Nice and comforting chicken soup, traditional (Sunday meal) both in Croatia and also delicious on the table in Hungary

Cooking time: 1h – Servings 4 – Ingredients: 4-6 pieces of chicken thighs bone in, 1 medium onion, 2 large carrots – 1 shredded and 1 finely sliced, 1 cup frozen peas, 1 small parley root (finely sliced), 1 chicken bullion cube, 6 cups of hot water, 2 tsp oil, 2 tsp chopped parsley leaves, 1 tsp VEGETA seasoning optional or any available veggie flavoring, salt and pepper

Dumplings: 2 medium eggs, 2 tsp oil vegetable or sunflower, about 2/3 cup semolina add more, for firmer dumplings.

Cooking instructions: In a large pot heat oil under medium heat, add chopped onion and cook about 2 minutes. Add shredded and sliced carrots and sliced parsley root, season with a pinch of salt and cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Add chicken thighs, 1 -2 cups of water, bullion cube and cook on low heat for 25 mins, stirring occasionally and adding water if necessary. After 25 mins add frozen peas, pour remaining water and cook for 10-15 mins. Remove chicken from the soup and shred the meat of the bone. Put aside.

In a mean time in separate bowl beat eggs with 2 tsp of oil, slowly add semolina, stirring constantly until you get thick batter, making sure that no lumps remain. Warm tablespoon under hot water and with a tablespoon drop full spoons of batter into the soup and cook for additional 10 mins. Add the chicken back to the pot, add chopped parsley leaves, season with salt, pepper and 1 tsp VEGETA and cook for 1-2 mins. Serve warm.

Ćevapi sausages

(In Hungary named: Csevap or Csevapcsicsa)

„Q” What are Ćevapi sausages?

„A” Bascially the Ćevapi are grilled, skinless finger-shaped sausages.

„Q” Where does the Ćevapi origin?

„A” The Ćevapi itself has a Turkish origin. Turkish influence in the similarity to the Turkish kofta kebab, which is a mixed-meat sausage that is molded onto skewers for easy grilling.

The recipe itself will not be complicated at all, in fact, it is extremely simple easy to make, the only possibility of mistakes is found only in the quality of the ingredients. That’s why it’s important to pick meats minced beef or pork, and spices. Ćevapi together with chopped onions, kajkmak, sour cream, minced red pepper, ajvar, and salt are incredibly tasty. For best flavor, let the sausages marinade in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to an overnight.

Ćevapi has an incredibly unique taste and beside among Croatians at the Hungarian kitchen indeed appreciated. Delicious smoky flavor and are perfect for serving with flatbread and sliced onions.

Preperation time 20 mins, Cooking time: 10 mins.

Ingredients: 0.55 lb minced beef, 0.55 lb minced pork, 3 garlic cloves minced,1 ¼ tsp salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper,1 tsp paprika, ¾ tsp baking soda.

Cooking instructions: Take a large bowl mix together all ingredients.Using slightly over 1 tsp of meat mixture per sausage, shape the mixture into sausages the size and shape of a fat finger (roughly 3 inches long and ¾ of an inch in diameter).Place all the formed sausages in a single layer on a platter. Cover the platter and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (up to overnight). When you are ready to cook your sausages, preheat your grill to medium heat, 180⁰C -200⁰C (350-400⁰F) (You should be able to hold your hand a few inches from the cooking grate for 5-7 seconds.). To grill the sausages using a fine grate grill pan for 4-5 mins a side, until golden and springy. Serve the Ćevapi with sliced sweet onions and flatbread (like lepinja or pita). Mind you on the otherside of the Moon, @ Woolworths, Beef Chevaps are prepared ready just to roast Downunder.

Štrukli from Croatia to Hungary

„Q” Where origin of Štrukli?

„A” The exact origin of štrukli remains unknown, but traced a staple for … pastry and a salty stuffing made from cow cottage cheese, cream and eggs long ago on the hills and forests, northern Croatia … some say the original dish also called Zagorje strukli, originates from the Zagorje region of Croatia)

„Q” What is the Štrukli?

„A” It is a rather simple „pulled pasta” dish, which, depending on the type of filling, can be either savory or sweet.

There are 2 types of Štrukli: boiled and baked. Ingredient is most important need the fresh cottage cheese …  it has a fresh, slightly acidic taste and a refined taste of milk that is only really began to ferment.

Dough ingredients: 0.90 lb, 1 egg, 1 tsp oil, salt.

Serve: 8 – Ingredients for the filling: 20 oz (600 g) fresh cottage cheese, 3.3 oz (100 g) butter, softened + 2 tsp,4 eggs, 0.4 cups (100 ml) sour cream

Preparation time: 30 minsMeanwhile preheat then oven if baked to 180⁰C (365⁰F).

Mix a firm dough of flour, 1 egg, oil and a little salt water. Stir until bubbles appear, then shape the dough into 2 loave ball and roll it  using the tablecloth , stretch the dough out a bit and coat it with oil so that it doesn’t dry out and cover with a warm towel. Leave the dough to rest for 1h. The dough is then stretched out, as usual, on a sheet smeared with oil or on a cloth sprinkled with flour. Mix the ingredients of the filling well, then place small piles on the dough with a spoon in a row, not too far apart. The dough is rolled up, the dough is squeezed between the piles with a wooden spoon and then separated using a plate. This is how to get the separate pieces filled with cottage cheese, which is cooked in flag salt water. Don’t have to cook for long when it comes to the top of the water, good. Place the cooked Štruklies next to each other in a fireproof bowl or baking tray, pour over the cream to cover them.

Stuffing mixture: mix the cow cheese with 4 eggs, melted butter and a little salt and mix until smooth.

Cooking time: 50 mins.  Knead a medium-soft strudel dough from the dough.Divide into 2 loaves, smear with oil, rest for 1h in a warm place. The dough is then stretched out, as usual, on a sheet smeared with oil or on a cloth sprinkled with flour. Mix the ingredients of the filling well, then place small piles on the dough with a spoon in a row, not too far apart. The dough is rolled up, the dough is squeezed between the piles with a wooden spoon and then separated using a plate. This is how we get the separate pieces filled with cottage cheese, which we cook in flag salt water. You don’t have to cook for long when it comes to the top of the water, good. Bake in the oven for about 50 mins at 180⁰C (365⁰F) until golden brown.

Excellent both either hot or cold. You can also put a little filling on the cooked Štrukli.

© Aggie Reiter

Under the 150 years of Turkish rule had the greatest influence on Hungarian gastronomy.

During the Turkish occupation, countless, previously unknown flavors entered Hungarian cuisine.

If we approach from the side of gastronomy in the 16-17. century history, meet positive effects with countless, previously unknown flavors and its development of today’s culinary culture.

Hungarian eating habits during the Turkish occupation were characterized by the fact that the dishes were prepared with butter, many dairy products were in use and the dishes were very seasoned. Cooked pasta and dumplings were added as a side dish or used in soup. Among the dishes were pies, sausages, sausages, jellies, donuts, pancakes, and strudel. The cooking methods included grating, pickling, stitching, draping, ablation, steaming, toasting. In the Turkish occupation areas naturally the Turkish culinary culture came to the fore, using the characteristics of Turkish cuisine. We took the patties, flame, bejglit and stuffed cabbage from the Turks. Parsley, cumin, anise and horseradish are among our herbs inherited in our kitchen. Among the sweets, they brought barbecue, cakes, sponge cakes, bird milk, gingerbread, Turkish honey and its typical coffee. Then poppy, tomato and eggplant appeared. Turkish influences began to grow almonds, cherries, figs, nuts, grapes, peaches and cherries in Hungary. Pepper has become an indispensable element in Hungarian gastronomy through Turkish mediation. It has enriched our nutritional culture, has resulted in many common meals, and as a result, the Turkish-Hungarian tastes are quite close to each other. All-in -all, we can say that in the Hungarian nutrition culture by the Turkish influence has brought about significant changes that are still effective.

Regarding the consumption of meat, the pork has become increasingly popular in Hungary in the 16th century, as pork was not consumed by Turkish soldiers, so it could remain intact even during looting.

Meaty and rice dishes: Basically the shepherd’s dish into the Hungarian cuisine came from the Turks. These foods are mainly porridge and pasta dishes, lentils, sturgeon, egg barley. The pilau – rice and meat, biber – stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage became our favorite food during the occupation and still today in the XXI century. Both peoples are well-known for their meaty buns, the only difference is that Hungarian cuisine pork was in use as the filling. Among the most well-known dishes of Turkish cuisine are the dishes stuffed with cabbage or rice in vine leaves which are available in tins at the local stores.

Sweets: From Turkish times, our cuisine becomes “sweeter” and finds its place in Hungarian cuisine with brittle cake, brioche, bird milk, honey brioche, turkey honey or quince cheese. Also arriving in the Turkish mediation the poppy seeds which later became in the Hungarian pasta and cakes, cakes.

Regarding to the Hungarian pastries, the „pogácsa” pastry (based on rather salty soft snack) and since the word itself is of Ottoman origin (called then Baghja), we have reason to believe that it was already known to the conquering Hungarians, only amplified by the Ottoman-Turkish era. Turkish honey was originally an Armenian sweet, but it came to us through the mediation of the Turks.

Turkish herbs and vegtables: Also played a significant role in Hungarian gastronomy. At that time it became an indispensable spice for peasant cuisine, but now-a-days these spices make our food even more colorful. Eggplants have been native in-and-around the Mediterranean and the Balkans since the 17th century, but to Hungary came through the Turkish mediation, which is a.k.a.  Turkish paradise.  One of the best known dishes made of it was the stuffed eggplant called “töltött padlizsán” “imam bayıldı” – “imam fainted”. Cannot skip to mention the seasoning with Turkish mediation includes sage, juniper, rosemary, thyme, peppermint, parsley, pepper, various onions, horseradish and saffron. The spread of maize in Hungary can be attributed to the Turks as well. Among the most well-known and favorite by many is cabbage stuffed with meat and/or rice in vine leaves.

Turkish Fruits: The influence may be also better discovered in the fruits that come to our land … apricots, strawberries, figs, medlar and Mediterranean plants and without them unimaginable in to-day’s Hungarian gastronomy.

We can see that in addition to our food, fruits and spices, the Turkish presence has influenced the long-term formation of our Hungarian dishes. Originally a fermented beverage made from millet, later made from different cereals, boza are very popular in Hungary. In addition to boza, the Turkish coffee as their traditional drink, appears in our country in the 16th century, and many people still to-day prefer to drink Turkish coffee. In the 15th century, like bozo, coffee was used as a medicine in addition to its enjoyment which shows an inpact to the Turkish presence and in our daily drinks.

Some recipes will be shared later, which we still consume to this day.

© Aggie Reiter