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#4 – Day-By-Day – Traditional Hungarian Thick Soup

Cooking Pumkin Thick Soup – Tökfőzelék

Serve for 4 – Cooking time: 45 mins.

At this hemisphere here slowly going out of the summer season, but still have fresh veggies to cook “Főzelék thick soups. The pumkin thick soup is typical a summer food, which is simply to cook and not to be missed. Of course during the Fall it is still out on the market.

Ingredients: 1 kg cooking pumpkin, 1 medium size onion, 2 pinch of salt, black pepper for taste, a bunch of dill, 2 tbs flour, 3/4 liter milk, 3 tbs oil, 1 tbs vinegar, 2 tsb sugar, 1 dl sour cream, 1 tsp Hungarian red sweet pepper powder for coloring.

Cooking: Place the planed pumpkin in a bowl on a filter, salt it and after cca. 30 mins  it will drained through a filter and squeeze the rest of the moisture out of it well.  Drizzle the chopped onion in oil and fry it on the cooker, when the onion gets light brown color add a tbs of Hungarian sweet red pepper powder stir-mix with a little water.  Then and pour over the milk, add the salt and cook over medium heat until soft … roughly 40-60 mins. When it is almost cooked soft, sprinkle the washed chopped dill into the thick soup then bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Cook for 5 minutes, then ready to serve. Mind you only place the sour cream, vinegar, sugar by the end of the cooking and stir them together. Marvelous taste to have this experience …  can be served hot or cold. It is very tasty without any extra side dish, but the Hungarians really prefer in have something as side dish … thought here the recept to the Hungarian meatballs will be just yummy.

Meatballs a’la Hungarian – Fasírt Magyar módra

 

 

Hungarians love their meatballs from pork meat …  but can prepare just as wellfrom minced turkey breats or chicken breast meat.

Ingredients: 1 kg of minced meat to your pleasure, 4 cloves garlic, salt to taste, pepper, 1 tsp ground cumin, 2 eggs, 1 tbs Hungarian red pepper powder, 1 tbs dried parsley or a small bunch of fresh parsley.

Preparing & Frying: First, add salt, black pepper, ground cumin to the minced meat, 1 tbsp. red peppers, eggs, parsley, and crushed garlic. Work together thoroughly. If time allows leave at least 1 hour to let the flavors work well together it will be much more delicious.
Form a rounded shape out of the mixture of meat, then squeeze them a little bit flat, thenafter rotate it in breadcrumbs and then fry them in hot oil, but turn the heat medium when frying so to reach the golden brown color and not to get burnt … that’s it … easy as 1-2-3 … right?

A variety of side meal can be added … frankfurter, sausage, fried egg, roasted meat, stew, fried cheese, it’s only a matter of taste. Enjoy your meal.

May read more about other traditional Hungarian soups by visiting previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© by Aggie Reiter

# 3 Day-By-Day – Traditional Thick Soup

Hungarian Yellow/Green Bean Thick Soup with Turkey Stew –  Sárgabab Főzelék Pulyka Pörkölttel

“Q” What makes Traditional Hungarian thick soup so unique?

“A” Hungarians make use of all the seasonal veggies  by focusing on fresh vegetables, and dairy products. Hungarians make heavy use of the spice, and it seems to make it’s way into almost every thick soup and dish they cook.

The Hungarians practically saying”green beans thick soup” insteed of saying yellow bean thick soup, and cook both of them. The “yellow beans” when fresh are more tender … melts like butter, very tasty, for lunch and supper a real main course with any side dish.

As said at previous traditional Hungarian cooking delights, should not read this with an empty stomach.

Green/Yellow Bean Thick Soup

Both served for 4 person – 30 mins preparing and cooking time 60mins.

Ingredients: 1 kg of green beans washed, the ends trimmed and cut into 2-3 cm pieces, 1 tbs flour (whole grain oatmeal gives it a fuller taste, but can be smooth refined wheat flour, 1 tbs butter, 1 tbs Hungarian sweet peppers, 5-6 cloves garlic finely chopped, a handful of  chopped parsley, 1 liter milk, salt, 1-2 tbs of 10% vinegar, 2 dl sour cream.

Cooking:  Fry the flour with the chopped garlic until golden brown, turn the heat low and mix in the Hungarian sweet red paprika powder,  turn the yellow or green beans in, and gradually add enough milk, stirring, to make the vegetables silky creamy. Almost at the end of cooking add the chopped parsely and cook formam little further. Also prefering to make it even more creamy add the 2 ml sour cream at the end of cooking. For the yellow beans more than 15 mins it is unnecessary to cook, so the beans remain a little crunchy. With the green beans need cca 20 mins, but also depending how weak, fresh they are.

Turkey breast Stew- Pulykamell Pörkölt

Ingredients: 80 dkg turkey breast fillet, 1 large onion, 2 tps red pepper powder, tps cummin, salt, Hungarian pepper powder.

Cooking: Cut the turkey breast into small cubes, the onion and the cummin as well. Heat oil to drizzle the onion, then on medium heat put the sweet or strong red pepper powder  as to taste, following the turkey breast fillet. Roast until the meat takes on a white color, finally add the spices.  Pour on water and mix well. Only add cold water to just cover the meat. May stir a couple of times and if the water evaporates whilst cooking add some water… not too much we … don’t want to make a light soup thing.

May read more about other traditional Hungarian soups by visiting previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© by Aggie Reiter

 

#2 – Day-By-Day – Traditional Hungarian Thick Soup

Needn’t have to be”Popeye the Sailor Man” to enjoy this very tasty Hungarian thick soup.

Spinach thick soup is a real classic Hungarian food … someone either really likes or really doesn’t.

Hopefully, by the time cooked on your side, the opinion will be different and color your world in the cooking flavors.

Ingredients: 1.25 kg spinach, 2 bread buns, 2 dkg salt, 7 dkg butter, 6 dkg flour, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 liter milk, 1 g red Hungarian sweet pepper powder, 1.5 dl cream.

Cooking: Fry the finely chopped onion in the oil, then add 4 cloves of crushed garlic, toss in the spinach and pour over 100 ml of water. When the spinach is boiled and the buns have fully soaked in the milk mash then comes to stick mixer and them together. Add tehát salt and pepper. The garlic flavoring, will bring a unique taste. If the thick soup found to be a bit thick, can pour it up with some more milk.

May also serve with the spinach thick soup  as a sider with oven-baked eggs stuffed in bacon … great meal goes perfectly together with the spinach.

To create the bacon basket at the first hearing may sound probably the most difficult step of the whole process but it’s not even hard at all and these packed cups everyone will love.

Ingredients: Use as many eggs and bacon as the number of eggs stuffed in bacon is needed in the baking and cooking oil.

Baking: Best to be in use of muffin basket, place the bacon on the inside of each basket so that it covers the sides completely. Using a pair scissors to cut the remaining bacon and these excess piece of bacon is to be placed at the bottom of the baskets. Thenafter, let them cool down by placing in the refrigerator. When the basket cooled down set your oven to 200 Celsius and spray a nonstick muffin pan with cooking spray. Crack 1 egg inside of each bacon basket. Bake for an additional 10-15 mins depending on how runny you like your eggs. Finally may season with a sprinkle of granted cheese and pepper to taste.

Another quicky method … beat eggs with milk, salt and pepper. Dice the bacon and onion and fry well in the oil. Pour in the beaten eggs in a pan and start frying on low heat. If the eggs have started to solidify at the edge of the pan, place them in a 200 Celsius oven for 8-10 mins. Spinach can be served topped also likewise with baked egg & ham. In less than 30 mins these high-protein eggs are ready. May bake these as yummy quicky snacks.

Hopefully, this great home made Hungarian thick soup the way I make it will surprize you how tasty it is.

May read more about other traditional Hungarian soups by visiting previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© by Aggie Reiter

 

#1 – Day-By-Day – Traditional Hungarian Thick Soup

This week going down the lane with the … Made in Hungary … Traditional Hungarian veggie thick soups. Prehaps, the foreigners call them stew … so let it be. These dishes are not well known to those who have not visited and tasted them at Hungary. Moreover, the Hungarian veggie thick soups are historicals as they were born in Hungary in the 16th century. Kids in those days hardly have ate veggies so by cooking them was easier to  bring into their meals.

The word “Főzelék” stands for a sort of a thick veggie dish. It is a unique category in the Hungarian cuisine. It is in between the a soup and a stew meal. It is cooked typically by simmering, but some like it mashed and then will have a puree kinda soup. Caution … not all the veggie based soup are to be mashed. It gets its thickness with flour which has the consistency of gravy. The “főzelék” is often included as a main course for lunch or supper. The “Főzelék” is a real, typically home-made meal and not often appears on the restaurants list of menüs. Really worth to go for it, most probably many will love it. Usually  peas (“borso”), yellow or green beans (sárgabab or  zöldbab”), pumpkin (tök), lentils (“lencse”) …  knowing that not too many are fond of spinach (“spenót”) but hopefully will like the flavor of it cooked this way. Are  and will be spread here some of the traditional Hungarian thick veggie meals.

To-day’s “Főzelék” – Green Pea Thick Soup

Ingredients – for 4 person – preparing time: cca 50 mins.

75 dkg green pea or 2,50 kg podded peas, 2 tbs oil, 6 dkg flour, 3 dkg sugar, 4 eggs, 100 ml milk, 300-400 ml water, salt, pepper to taste, 1 bunch of parsley. 1 tbs of Hungarian sweet red paprika powder as you wish for the coloring.

Cooking: Add cleaned, washed peas into boiling water adding salt and the sugar in the same time, in another pan preparing gravy with 2 tbs of oil and 6 dkg flour, as the gravy color turns light brown add the 1 tbs Hungarian red paprika powder stir ongoing a bit, turn down to low heat and add the finely chopped parsley, dissolve the pea water, let the jerky cool a little. If it is too thick, step-by-step pour a bit of water. Be careful to take only the required amount of the pea cooked water. Can be supplemented with fried eggs when serving.

May read more about other traditional Hungarian soups by visiting previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© by Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #7

Probably was awaiting for the week-ends 7th Hungarian dish … so to have kept you waiting here goes not 1 but 3 the real Hungarian dish for your delight.

Whether your a meat lover or vegetarian with these flavors will suit your appetite pretty well.  The “Gombapaprikás” – “Mashroom Paprikás” is a great main dish and to cook mushrooms differently and spice them up below are the tips. Full of flavor and a very filling dish. It gets even better after sitting in the fridge for a day. Generally, the needed ingredients can be ontained at veggyie stores and/or supermarkets.

It may be unbelievable to many, but within 1-2-3 quick-to-prepare main course. Some of them can be ready smoothly within 15-20 minutes.  The recipe can be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your gathering!

Here are a couple of mushroom dishes mostly love to cook and many Hungarians mainly prepare these at their own kitchen. The mashrooms in use by the Hungarians are white, and they are called “champignon” mashrooms.

Mushroom paprika with Dumplings – Gombapaprikás Nokedlivel

Served for 4 persons – Preparing time: 5mins. Fry: 40-45 mins.

Ingredients: 60 dkg mushrooms, 2 medium onions, 1 big tomato, 1 Hungarian sweet yellow paprika, 1 tbs sweet red paprika powder,  salt, black pepper, 180 ml sour cream. Nokedli:  2 tbs flour, 1 tbs oil, salt,  20 dkg crumbs, small handful of chopped green parsley. 300-350 ml water for the batter water for cooking.

The beautiful, assorted mushroom heads are cleaned, washed well, drained and wiped dry with a
clean cloth. Chop onionns, vut tomatoe nd paprika into a little bit larger cubes, mashroom in half or quarters. Use a large pan, heat some oil. Add the onions, stir-fry for 3 to 4 mins. Take the pan off the heat and add the red paprika powder. Return to the heat and add the pepper and tomato.Stew for cca. 8-10 mins until it gets saucy. Add then the mashrooms and season with salt and pepper, Cook until the mashroom release its juices. Combine sour cream and flour in a smal duish. Stir i constantly and add some of the mashroom sauce to it. Mix it well and thereafter back to the stew. Bring to boil once more. Taste and season with salt if needed.

Nokedli has been talked about before, but repetition equals knowledge …   Put the flour into a deep bowl, mix it with salt, eggs and water. Bring 4-5 liters of water to boil in a large pot … for nokedli to cook). Mix 1 tbs oil in it, so  to get  a batter that is easy to stir, but still sticky. Be careful not to make it too loos. To cook the small nokedli “dumplings” from the batter by cooking in boiling water. When the nokedli rises to the surface of the water… it takes cca 2 mins. … drain and rinse with cold water! By-the-.way the nokedli can be replaced with any pasta in the kitchen. May garnish the top with some parsley. As previous receipt said … with the special tool is called “Nokedli szaggató”- Noodles chopper” makes it easier.

Stuffed mushroom heads with cream cheese filling – Töltött gombafejek krémsajtos töltelékkel

Served for 3 persons – Preparing time: 10 mins. Fry: 25 mins

Ingredients: 6 large head mushrooms, 20 dkg sheep’s curd, 10 dkg cheese cream (hose), 1 tsp chopped chives, 1 tbs grated parmesan if as wish to adds, 15-20 dkg cream cheese, crushed pepper, parsley.

Preparation: The approx. uniformly sized mushroom heads are cleaned, washed dried and cut out. Cut the bacon into small cubes and melt the fat in a pan. Mix the sheep’s curd with the cheese cream, pepper, grated parmesan and chives. I don’t usu salt  because the sheep’s curd end to be pretty salty.

For the breading, prepare the flour and bread crumbs. Beat the eggs lightly and salt to taste. The stuffed mushrooms are rolled into flour, then into the egg and finally into the crumbs. Place in a unbreakable bowl which stands the high heat or garnished baking tray, spray the top with a little oil and bake in a preheated oven at 200-220 Celsius for  over 25-30 minutes. Serve with fresh salad and steamed rice. This dish is incredibly delicious. It can be served for lunch or supper.

Creamy mushroom with wide length Hungarian pasta – Tejszínes gomba Magyar széles metélt tésztával


Served for 4 persons – Preparing time: cca 45-50 mins.

Ingredients: 50 dkg tagliatelle pasta, 3 dl cooking cream (but who likes a lot of sauces use 5 dl cream) / 20% /, 50 dkg forest mushroom mixture (I used frozen), 1 clove garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan, 1 small head onion, 3-4 tbsp chopped parsley green, 1 tbsp chopped chives, 5 dkg butter.
Preparation: Dice the onion and fry it on a glass, add the crushed garlic and the prepared, sliced mushroom mixture (if using frozen mushrooms, thaw before use, if fresh, peel, wash and slice). When the mushrooms have softened, pour over the cream, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chopped parsley on the top. Boil for 5 mins and mix with the cooked Hungarian wide length pasta. Also may serve with grated parmesan … Oh well, may have got hungry, aren’t you?

May read more about other traditional  Hungarian dishes by visiting previous recipe @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen. 

© by Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day -Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #6

Seven Chief’s Tokány  – Csikós Tokány

a.k.a. “Hungarian Wrangler stew”

The CsikósTokány  may be also served with Hungarian noddles or Egg Barley.

The name comes from the chiefs of the seven Magyar (Hungarian) tribes who eventually settled on the Carpathian Basin after their migration.

Serve for 4 person – Preparation time: 80 mins

Ingredients: Use only pork meat – 80 dkg pork – thigh, loin, leg, 15 dkg meat bacon, 2 medium heads onions, small amount of garlic, 4 dl sour cream, 2 tbs flour, 2 tbs red pepper, 2 tbs dried marjoram, salt, freshly ground pepper, oil.

Preparation process: Clean the meat thoroughly, then strip it to uniform size salt it and set it aside. Peel the onion and risk it, then cut he bacon without the rind … to wide noddle size, wilt in the lard, remove and strain it. Once done with that, start to fry the bacon in a thin oil, lighten the onions on it. If it has already blushed into a nice glass, the meat may come on when it has let in a little moisture, add the red pepper as well, taking care not to burn it!

Cooking: Pour the meat with enough water to cover it halfway, then cook it in its juice until soft, but if the water is not enough yet, pour some on it, just to slightly cover! Cook for cca 25 mins. Once the meat is soft enough, add some cubed  green pepper, tomatoes and the bacon, may give a twist with adding a clove of garlic deepling on the taste. Sprinkle with the marjoram. Shake the pot do not stir while adding these mixtues. Thenafter, set the fire under low heat. Mix the sour cream until smooth with the flour, stirring constantly, will thicken the gravy with it. Add this sauce to the meat. When it’s done ready to serve.

Egg Barley – Tarhonya

“Q” What type of food is the Tarhonya?

“A” It is a garnish that in many cases known as Hungarian grated dry pasta.

“Q” Where does this sort of pasta originate?

“A” As far as known, it prehaps originates from Persia and the Turks took over into their daily meals. Derived from the Ottoman-Turkish word “tarchana” of Persian origin, which meant in those days made dough from wheat flour with the addition of skimmed milk.

“Q” What is needed to make home-made Tarhonya?

“A” Flour, eggs, water, salt.

Preparing time: 35 mins.

Ingredients for home-made Egg Barley – Tarhonya (if having time and being in the  mood to make it)… Well-known basic recipe for the Hungarians are in use of flour, eggs are kneaded with salt  … counting one egg for a total handful of flour. Leave it to dry then using the grater on a large hole file, like a cheese grater.

To make home-made Egg Baley – Tarhony …  if not having a grater, then stretch the dough to about 3 mm, then cut it lengthwise into thin strips first and then crosswise. These also need to be rolled over with our palms … This slicing method is not at all as lengthy as might first think.

The egg barlkey – tarhonya prepared has to be dried in the sun. It can be stored later in a paper box for up to several years and when needed just cook same as the one from the store ready to cook: 3-4 tsp oil. 2 cups tarhonya (this is about 40 dkg) 4 cups water, 1 tsp home-made seasoning (possibly 1 soup cube) 1 tbs salt, 1 large pinch of pepper. Preparation: Heat the oil in a cooking utensil, then sprinkle the tarhonya of 2 cups on it and fry it, stirring often. Some like it dark brown, some medium brown. Then add the cold water, cover with a lid and cook on low heat not to burn. Inbetween stir once or twice. when boiling.  By the time the water evaporate the tarhonya is cooked  turn off the heat and let it cook in its own steam under the lid.

May read more about other traditional  Hungarian dishes by visiting previous recipe @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen. 

© by Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #5

After having meat the past days, let’s have a Fish Day with the famous Hungarian Catfish Paprika – Harcsapaprikás

Hungary is landlocked, but is lucky to have many running rivers and lakes, whereas Catfish are all full around. The Catfish may grow up to several hunbdreds of kilos by weight. At the markets  can buy  cca 1-2 kgs in weight. As many may know the Catfish belongs to the grioup of  freshwater’s white fish. This fish has flat head, wide mouth and scale kless body. It is a mouthwatering delicious  fish, firther more …safe to eat for it has nobones. Before cooking the skin has to be removed cause is inedible.  About the  garnish… can be the original home-made Hungarian noddles used for the dish, that has to be torn by hand into uneven fingernail sized pieces and boiled in water (see the method the home made previous receipt steps in  cookng).  Otherwise may garnish with Fusilli or large macaroni instead of home-made noddles… that will save time. At the end may place bacon pieces that hgave a higher fraction of fat. By-.the.-way the Hungarian cured meat cuts are not the same as the anglo-saxon cuts.

Getting closer to the receipt just one more to add to the Catfish Paprika …Harcsa paprika is a traditional dish using freshwater catfish with sauce made from paprika and tomatoes. This dish is calorie-laden stew for pleasant labourers with spice.  The “Cottage Cheese Slider” “Túrós Csúsza” is a savoury curd cheese noddle dish which is a perfect garnish to the Catfish meal. Maybe only a few people know that one of the fastest Hungarian dishes the Catfish is ready very quickly and just the juicy roast is to be prepared.

Ingredients: for 4 persons. preparing time: cca 30 plus 30 mins.

This meal doesn’t only appease your taste buds, it is also enriched in all the nutrients for the body.

Paprikas: 1 onion, 600 g catfish fillet, 2 tomatoes, 2 Hungarian sweet yellow peppers, 1/2-1/2 tbs sweet and hot red paprika powder to have a little kick, salt, pepper to taste, 2 bs oil.

Cooking:  Sauté the finely chopped onions in a little oil to glossy a bit. Remove from the fire an stir with paprika powder. Mix it well and give a touch of water, thenafter just simmer for 4 to 5 mins. Place the chopped tomatoes and pepper in the sauce. Season a bit with salt and pepper. Keep it cooked for 5 to 10 mins to have a  nice gravy. Mixed  in the catfish pieces and cook for 5 to 10 mins. Gently stir at the ear of the vessel not to break/tore apart the fish pieces.

Túrós csúsza:  100 g bacon, 400 fg frilly squared paste, 200 g cottage chesse, 200 ml sour cream, 2 tbs oil.

Cooking:  Using  pasta instead of home-made noddles …Cook the pasta in salty water with a tbs of oil. Drain  the mix it with some oil. Add some crumbled curd cheese of cottage cheese on top. Cut the bacon into small cubes. Place some oil in the saucepan, fly the bacon, be careful not to get burned. Serve the bacon it on the paste.

… Guess became Hungry, so make your day with cooking this fine traditional Hungarian meal … Don’t have to be a pearl chef to prepare it,  goes quickly and very tasty.

sure no feathers are left on it. Can easily burn over the fire.

May read more about other traditional  Hungarian dishes by visiting previous recipe @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen. 

© by Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #4

“Gödöllő” Style Stuffed Chicken –  Gödöllői  Töltött Csirke

To increase the taste buds pleasures we can add canned peaches

The name Gödöllő stand for a small city, a suburb area of Budapest. It was the summer resort of Queen Sissy – wife of Franz Joseph 1.

A peck into the background of the small city Gödöllő … The recipe for stuffed chicken breast from Gödöllő is an imprint of the former Baroque abundance. This dish has an upscale name, the name of an upscale place with a rich history. The stuffed chicken breast from Gödöllő and the honey kiss from Gödöllő preserve the memory of the former greatness of the eponymous city. Gödöllő was built in the XIV. century. It was founded in the 16th century, and although it became almost completely unpopular during the Turkish occupation, it was later repopulated in the XVIII century. In the 16th century, Antal Grassalkovich was the landlord of this, thanks to him, today, the defining structure of the town, the castle. Since then, Gödöllő and Gödöllő Castle have been direct witnesses to many turning points in Hungarian history, and the accommodation of countless famous figures.

Chicken breast is a good food in itself, but from now on it can be varied and it bears well if it is supplemented with all kinds of delicacies. In this way, mushrooms, liver and green peas can be included in the spirit of the Gödöllő filling. The stuffing could be a rich food in its own right, but along with the meat and the garnish it offers, it’s a truly fabulous feast.

The recipe  the most stuffed chicken legs, shows the love of hiding food in other food… Try with bigger parts in the beginning, it will be easier doing the fillings.

Ingredients for 4 persons – Preparing time cca 60-80 mins.

4 whole chicken legs with their skin  left on, or if taste may have chicken breast meat, 151-200 g chicken liver, 2 rolls of soft bread, 100-150 g green peas,100-150 g mushroom, 100-150 g bacon, 2 eggs, 50 ml milk,1 handful of chopped parsley, 1 tbs of lard or butter,salt, pepper to taste, 3 tbs breadcrumbs.

Chop the bread roll, mashroom, liver and the bacon.Star frying the bacon in a  cooking vessel. Remove the bacon, saute the liver and the mashroom in the grease of the bacon, then mash the liver when cooked. Add the peas, cook for a while, thenafter mnix parsley together. Season with salt and pepper. This will take only 10-15 mins. Poor milk on the bread rolls, mix it together with the liver, eggs and mash. Add some breadcrumbs to it and there you go the filling is ready. Now come the chicken legs. Use your fingers to loosen the skin of the chicken legs and take a small spoon to stuff the mixture under the skin. Put  a little grease into the roast pan or tray. Place the chicken legs in it, add some grease on top of the chickens. Bake them in the oven until the get a golden color. Upon the baking time grease them to avoid the skin to open while baking and skin won’t open with the stuffing.  The heat has to be 140-150 celsius that will bake the chicken and will not burn. Do the baking cca. 20 mins. Good to know … When working with chicken skin, make sure no feathers are left on it. Can easily burn over the fire.

May read more about other traditional  Hungarian dishes by visiting previous recipe @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen. 

© by Aggie Reiter

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 #2

Here comes another favorit foodie #2 by Hungarians, and now may be on your tables as well. Check it out!

While it’s easy to get lost in the country’s food, the promise of “typical local cuisine’ doesn’t always provide the truly authentic experiences that locals have at home. Hungary is no different and, while goulash is certainly a familiar national dish, the cuisine that most people enjoy is often simpler and easier to prepare. Here see & cook yourselves to explore the meals that Hungarians actually eat.

Cheesy, sour cream, eggs layered potatoe” & a.k.a. Casserole potatoes 

Sajtos, tejfölös, tojásos rakott krumpli

A pure comfort food –  baked until bubbly and golden.

Literally meaning ‘layered potato’, rakott krumpli may not appeal to the uninitiated, but it is one of the most popular comfort foods in Hungry. Layered potatoes are made in more than 30 different ways in the regions of  Hungary. What makes it even more unique is that each family has its own subtle twist on the basic recipe. It is often on the table in most Hungarian families, even the children love it, and the head of the family is full of it.

For the real  gourments the traditional  Hungarian layered potatoes is a “must” with Hungarian smoked sausage “füstölt kolbász”.  Can’t find it on your end, may obtain other smoked sausages … or possibly bacon will do in the meantime (without sausage will not be tough to stomach but worthwhile once to have a try).

There’s a whole family of layered dishes as well, though each recipe comes with its own unique twist. For example layered cauliflower – rakott karfiol, involves pouring a creamy cauliflower sauce a top a minced meat and rice mixture. As well layered cabbage – rakott káposzta uses cabbage leaves for a similar effect.

“Q” From where did the layered potatoes come to Hungarian cuisine?

“A” The layered potatoes are derived directly from the French, they call it Tartiflette.

Q” What is the difference between the French Tartiflette and the Hungarian Layaered Potatoes?

“A” Tartiflette contains camembert-like cheese, bacon, onions and fries, fooled by a little white wine. However the Hungarian version contains eggs and smoked Hungarian sausage – “füstölt kolbász”  which are missing from the French version,  so needn’t to say after tasting the traditional Hungarian layered potatoe dish will make your tasting bubs want more-and-more. It is more than a fully main meal with mixted flavors.

“Q” When did appeared as a Hungarian meal for the first time?

“A” First mention of it in Hungary was made in the 1840 edition of István Czifray’s Hungarian national cookbook.

Recipe:  Serves for 4 – Preperaing time: 1h40′
Ingredients: 500g potatoes,  50g butter or sprinkle of oil  70g grated cheese, sliced smoked sausage or bacon, 4-5 hard-boiled eggs, salt and black pepper to taste, 500ml sour cream May double the amount to serve for 6-8.

Preparation time cooking the potatoes: 30-40 mins –  Bake 1h at preheat oven to 150C
Cook previously the potatoes in a bowl with cold water. With a fork see if it is cooked wait until it cools down. Strain the water. Place peeled sliced potatoes into a glass bowl that stands the heat or in the right size baking tray. Use 1/3 oil to grease a dish. Layer 1/2 of the potatoes on the bottom of the dish and sprinkle with salt and a little black pepper to taste and place around the sliced smoked sausage or bacon Thenafter again a layer of sliced potatoes and grated cheese then the sliced eggs. Place the rest of the potatoes on top. Pour over sour cream “telföl”  on top and with the rest sprinkle with grated cheese. At the end dot with a little oil

May read more about other traditional  Hungarian dishes by visiting previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

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