June 13, 2016 by Varga László
Ingredients (4-6 servings):
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 whole pheasant
- a pair smoked pork sausages
- 2 onions
- 600 ml apple cider
- 2-3 tablespoons pork lard
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 red hot chili pepper
- 1 garlic head
- 4 celery stick slices
- 50 ml double cream
- a few branches of thyme
for the Mashed potatoes
- 1 kg large potatoes
- 100 g butter
- 2 zucchinis
- Cut the sausages into thick slices.
- Chop the onions and the chili pepper.
- Chop the celery stalks.
- Melt the lard in a frying pan and brown the pheasant on all sides together with the sliced sausages and the whole garlic cloves.
- Place some lard from he pheasant frying into a large pot and fry the chopped onions, chili pepper and bay leaves until fragrant.
- Add the pheasant and the celery, the thyme branches, the apple cider and fill the rest of the pot with water, season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Bring to boil, and cook over medium heat for about 2 hours until the pheasant is soft.
- About one hour into the cooking add the halved mushrooms.
- When the meat is fork tender, remove it from the cooking pot and leave it to rest about 15 minutes before cut it into pieces.
- Meanwhile add the flour diluted into a bit of water, the double cream, stir it well and cook about 30 minutes to thick up cooking juices into a gravy.
- Meanwhile boil the potatoes in their skins until fork tender.
- Peel their skins and mash them, add the butter.
- Wash the zucchinis, grate them and slowly integrate them into the mashed potatoes
Category Other poultry, Stew | Tags: bay leaf,celery,chili pepper,cider,cream,garlic,pheasant,sausage,stew,thyme | No Comments
December 19, 2014 by Varga László
Ingredients (about 10 servings):
- 750-1000 g pork
- 2 tablespoons pork fat
- 750-1000 g pork fresh sausages
- 2 large carrots
- 1 small celery root
- 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
- 4 bay leaves
- 4 allspice berries
- 10-15 black peppercorns
- 1/2 head large Savoy cabbage
- 1 medium leek
- 2 red onions
- 1 head of garlic
- 200 ml semi sweet white wine
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- salt to taste
- Cut the pork meat into 2 cm thick, 5-7 cm long strips.
- Chop the onion.
- Melt the pork fat in a large pot, cast iron if available.
- Add the meat and fry over medium heat for 5 minutes, turning once.
- Add the chopped onion and continue frying for 2 minutes, stirring.
- Add the cleaned but still whole garlic cloves, chili flake and paprika and stir-fry for another minute.
- Slice the carrots and celery root and add to the pot.
- Add the whole black peppercorns, crushed allspice, bay leaves, mustard.
- Add the wine and enough water to cover the meat and the other ingredients.
- Slice roughly the celery stalks and leeks.
- After about 30-45 minutes of cooking add to the pot the whole sausages and the sliced celery and leeks. Add water enough to cover all the ingredients.
- Cook for another 20 minutes.
- Chop the Savoy Cabbage and add to the cooking pot.
- Cook until cabbage is done about 20-25 minutes.
- Serve while still hot.
Category Pork, Stew | Tags: allspice,bay leaf,carrots,celery,garlic,mustard,paprika,pork,sausage,stew,wine | 1 Comment
October 8, 2014 by Varga László
I had over a friend from France – Robin – very nice guy and very good blues musician. His plan is to go by hitchhiking all the way to Australia along singing and playing his guitar and harmonica.
He has seen a lot of places and has been in a lot of places, having a lot of good stories to tell. He has been through Hungary but from his recollection didn’t eat tasty Hungarian food. So I had to correct his impression on Hungarian cuisine. I met with some friends with whom planed for ages to cook, gulyas soup in a cast iron kettle over open fire. This was a very good opportunity to to finally do it.
We went to our friends garden unpacked the kettle, set the fire and cooked the delicious goulash or gulyas as it’s called in Hungarian. It was the beginning of the summer on a long Sunday warm afternoon prolonging into the cooler night. In the meantime we had fun, singing talking and drinking beers. As it turned out, it was the start of the open fire kettle cooking – since this time we had another five cookouts at the same venue which (apparently) finished for this year at the end of September. Some of the recipes I already shared, some are still to come.
And here follows the recipe:
Ingredients (8-10 servings):
- 2 kg lean veal, preferably, but you can also use beef
- 1 kg onions
- 2 whole bulbs of garlic
- 2 kg potatoes
- 100 ml rendered pork lard or vegetable oil
- 1/2 kg red/green bell pepper
- 4 tomatoes – about 1/2 kg
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin
- sweet and hot paprika to taste ( 1 used about 1 tablespoon sweet and 1 tablespoon hot)
- Dice the veal into 2 cm cubes.
- Chop roughly the onion and garlic.
- Dice the bell peppers.
- Dice the tomatoes into 1 cm cubes.
- Clean and dice the potatoes into 2 cm cubes.
- Heat the rendered lard/oil into the cast iron kettle.
- Add to the kettle the chopped garlic and onion and fry, stirring them about 5 minutes until golden and fragrant.
- Add the diced meat and the hot and sweet paprika
- Fry them stirring from time to time for about 15 minutes until the meat has taken a brownish darker color.
- Add water to cover and the salt and cumin to taste. Don’t use black pepper, all the hotness of this dish is from the cumin and hot paprika.
- Bring to boil and cook over medium fire for about 2-3 hours until the meat is 2/3 done. It depends on the kind of meat you use and don’t’ forget to stir now and then. Because this step is a lengthy one, you can relax and sing a bit as we did with our recent friend Robin Madier.
- When the meat is about 2/3 done add the cubed potatoes, replenish with some more water to cover and cook for another circa 20 minutes.
- When the potatoes are almost done add the diced bell peppers and tomatoes, add if needed some more salt and sweet/hot paprika to taste.
- Cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the tomatoes and peppers mostly melted in the pot of soup.
- Serve the soup while hot.
Category Hungarian, Soup, Stew | Tags: beef,garlic,Hungarian,open fire,paprika,potatoes,soulfood,soup,veal | 1 Comment