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  1. Quails Stuffed with Peaches and Sauteed Vegetables – Recipe

    July 15, 2018 by Varga László

    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 4 quails
    • 15 strips of bacon rashers
    • the juice of half of a lemon
    • 4 not very ripe peaches
    • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 500 g frozen mixed vegetables
    • 50-75 g butter
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash the quails thoroughly and remove any trace of feathers.
    2. Squeeze the lemon’s juice over the quails, then season them with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Leave them to marinate for 30-60 minutes.
    3. Bone the peaches and cut them in small pieces.
    4. Stuff the quails with the diced peaches.
    5. Carefully wrap the quails with the bacon rashers: for each quail use 2 for wrapping the around waist and one in the other direction.
    6. Fix the bacon strips to stay in place with wooden toothpicks.
    7. Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the bacon-wrapped quails on each side for about 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat, until nicely golden brown.
    8. Then place the quails in an oven-proof dish, breast sides up
      and spread the remaining diced peaches around the quails. Sprinkle a dash of olive oil over the peaches.
    9. Place the quails’ dish in the preheated oven to 190 C and broil them for about 25 minutes.
    10. Meanwhile, cook some frozen mixed vegetables in enough salty water.
    11. When tender with a bit of crisp, drain the water. melt the butter and saute the vegetables for a few minutes, season with some more salt if needed.
    12. Serve the quails together with the sauteed vegetables and peaches from the oven.

  2. Raspberry Beer Chicken Recipe

    December 10, 2012 by Varga László

    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 1kg chicken breasts
    • 150 g smoked bacon
    • a can – 1/2 l bottle of raspberry beer
    • 2 teaspoons hot paprika
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 2-3 tablespoons butter
    • a few branches of fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • optionally – a few raspberries

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash the chicken breast then pat them dry with kitchen paper towels.
    2. In a bowl mix together 250 ml raspberry beer, salt, hot paprika and lemon zest.  Add the chicken breasts, taking care to be covered fully by marinade and marinate for 2-3 hours, or best overnight.
    3. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade.
    4. Slice thinly the smoked bacon.
    5. Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the chicken breasts till golden brown.
    6. Add to the frying pan the remainder raspberry, the bacon slices and the thyme. 
    7. Simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the sauce thickens. Turn the chicken breasts so they get a nice glazing from the thickened juices.
    8. Optionally you can add a few raspberries in the last minute of simmering, but I did not have any so I left them out.
    9. Serve with still hot with potato croquettes and a chilled raspberry beer with a lemon wedge on the side.

  3. Yellow Summer Squash Stuffed with Pork Recipe

    September 5, 2012 by Varga László

    Ingredients (2 servings):

    • 2 medium ball-shaped yellow summer squash (pumpkin)
    • about 400 g a bit fattier pork meat
    • 1 leek’s white part
    • 1 medium carrot
    • 3-4 cloves garlic
    • 2 slices bacon (about 50 g)
    • 100 ml dry wine
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • some hard cheese for topping
    • 2 berry (cherry) tomatoes

    Preparation method:

    1. Dice the meat into small 1-1 1/2 cm cubes.
    2. Chop the garlic. Cut the leek lengthwise then slice it thinly.
    3. Slice the bacon into smaller pieces.
    4. Clean then grate the carrot.
    5. In a frying pan throw the bacon slices and fry them until golden-brown.
    6. Add the chopped garlic and leek and fry for another 2 minutes, adding some oil if needed.
    7. Add the diced meat and stir-fry for about 10 minutes until the meat is cooked and golden. At half of this process, add the grated carrot, soy sauce and hot paprika.
    8. Pour over the wine and simmer it down on medium-high heat, stirring not to burn.
    9. Preheat the oven at 180 C.
    10. In the meantime cut the tops of the summer squashes and the scoop theirs inside leaving a shell thick of about half a centimetre.
    11. Chop squashes scooped kernel. In a different pan, fry these squash bits with some oil and salt until golden and nicely scented.
    12. Add the fried squash to the meat pan, stir well together. Fry for another 2 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste.
    13. Place the squash shells in an ovenproof dish and sweat them in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
    14. Remove temporarily the squash dish from the oven, fill the shells with the meat and vegetable mixture.
    15. Add on their tops some grated hard cheese and a berry tomato (or cherry one) in their middle.
    16. Place again the squash dish in the oven and bake for another 15-20 minute.
    17. Serve them still hot from the oven.