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  1. Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

    September 25, 2014 by Varga László

    Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

     Ingredients ( 8 servings):

    • 400-500 g ground beefMain ingredients for Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    • 1 l beef stock
    • 2 medium onions
    • 3 medium carrots
    • 2 medium parsley roots
    • 8 cloves garlic
    • about 10 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 eggs
    • Red pepper flakes
    • 3 Romaine lettuce (you can use escarole or spinach too)Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheeseItalian Wedding Soup Recipe
    • 3 stale/dry bread slices
    • 100 ml yogurt
    • 100 g orzo pastaItalian Wedding Soup Recipe

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash the greens, remove the white, harder parts of the leaves and cut them into bigger pieces.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    2. Grate the carrots.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    3. Chop the parsley roots, Italian Wedding Soup Recipegarlic and 1 onion Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    4. In a soup pot, heat about 6 tablespoons oil over medium high heat.
    5. Add the onion, carrots and parsley root and half of the chopped garlic and saute about 5 minutes.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    6. Add the stock, bring to a boil and cook for about half an hour until the meatballs are prepared:
    7. Soak the bread slices in the yogurt for about 10 minutes, squeeze out the excessive yogurt.
    8. Grate the other onion.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    9. Combine the ground meat, soaked bread, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated onion, remaining chopped garlic,  salt and freshly ground black pepper in a bowl.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    10. Mix thoroughly, then form the mixture into 3-4 cm balls, about the size of a walnut.
    11. Spread 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the bottom of an ovenproof dish. and line up the meatballs in it.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    12. Roast int the preheated oven at 150 C for about 10-15 minutes until they get a bit of darkish red color.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    13. Add the meatballs and orzo pasta to the soup pot and cook 5 minutes.
    14. Add the greens, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    15. Serve while still hot and grate some extra Parmesan cheese atop.

    Italian Wedding Soup RecipeItalian Wedding Soup Recipe


  2. Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) – Greek Recipe:

    September 17, 2014 by Varga László

    Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe

    As i told in a previous article, I had a short summer holiday in Greece where I ate quite a few seafood  dishes, one of the favorite being the following – Shrimp Saganaki or as the Greek call it – Garides Saganaki.

    I bought and brought back from Greece lots goodies – feta cheese, Kalamata olives and extra virgin olive oil.

    A week a go, Shuang, a friend from China, stayed over so I cooked her the following dish. She licked her fingers

     Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 500 g medium shrimps (about 15-20 pieces)Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    • 50 ml ouzo
    • 400 g cherry tomatoes, but you can use also plum ore other kind of tomatoes
    • 200 g Greek feta cheeseShrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 6 garlic cloves
    • 1 medium onion
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 tablespoon chili flakes
    • 1 teaspoons red peppercorns
    • salt to taste
    • a few bread slices for the side
    • a handful of Kalamata olives for the finishing

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Chop the garlic and onion.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    2. Halve the cherry tomatoes, or if using bigger tomatoes, dice them.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    3. Heat the olive oil in a smaller pan over medium heat.
    4. Add the chopped onion, garlic and red chili flakes and fry until translucent and softened.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    5. Add the cherry tomatoes, stir and simmer over medium heat about 5 minutes, the sauce has formed.
    6. Add the whole shrimps, ouzo and the red peppercorns to taste and simmer for 2 minutes.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    7. Crumble or cut the feta cheese into cubes.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    8. Add the feta cheese and oregano. Cover it with a lid and simmer for another 3-4 minutes until the cheese has melted.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    9. Meanwhile in a different pan heat some olive oil and fry some rye bread to toast.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    10. Serve while shrimps still hot.

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  3. Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle – Hungarian Stew Recipe

    September 10, 2014 by Varga László

    Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe

    I got a whole duck and wanted to cook it but since it was during the summer season of cooking stews in an open fire cast iron cattle at a friends garden, I looked to make a recipe with sauerkraut.
    I bought a whole head of pickled cabbage from the farmers market along with some apples and started to cook, the recipe:

    Ingredients (6-8 persons):

    • 1 whole medium duck about 2 kgDuck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe
    • 3 medium onions
    • 1 garlic bulb
    • 1 medium pickled cabbage – about 1.5 kg
    • 250 ml white wine
    • 3-4 medium applesDuck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe
    • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 2-3 tarragon branches

    Preparation method:

    1. Cut the duck in pieces.
    2. On a smaller fire, fry he fattier duck parts, melting the fat in the pot. When they are golden brown, remove them from the pot.Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe
    3. Dice the onions and garlic.Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe
    4. Fry the diced onions and garlic in the duck fat. Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew RecipeWhen translucent add the sweet paprika and stir fry it for another 15 seconds.Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe
    5. Return the duck pieces to the pot, add the wine and simmer for about half hour.Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew RecipeDuck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe
    6. Meanwhile wash the pickled cabbage if too sour, because it can suppress the duck’s taste. Then chop the cabbage in smaller chunks.Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe
    7. Peal, clean and dice the apples into 2 cm cubes.Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe
    8. When the meat is half done, add the chopped pickled cabbage, apples and pour water until all the pot’s ingredients are covered by it. Add the tarragon branches, some more paprika, salt and pepper to taste.Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe
    9. Simmer over low heat until the cabbage has softened, stirring from time to time.
    10. If you like the soups more creamy, add to the plates some cream or yogurt.Duck with Sauerkraut in a Cast Iron Kettle - Hungarian Stew Recipe