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  1. Menudo – Mexican Hangover Soup with Tripe and Turkey Recipe

    July 9, 2018 by Varga László

    Ingredients (8-10 servings):

    • 1.5 kg tripe precooked
    • 1.5 kg turkey wings
    • 3 medium onions
    • 3-4 bay leafs
    • 1 bulb of garlic
    • 3 green chili peppers
    • 3 celery stalks
    • 200 g tomato puree
    • 1 tablespoon oregano
    • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
    • 2 limes
    • 1 kg of oyster mushrooms
    • 1 medium red onion for garnishing
    • a bunch of parsley or coriander leaves for garnishing
    • salt and pepper to taste.

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash the tripe in 1-2 bowls of fresh water.
    2. Chop the onions. Or even if you just clean them, they will dissolve during the hours of boiling.
    3. Disjoint the turkey wings.
    4. Clean the garlic cloves.
    5. Add the tripe to a large cooking pot ( I used an open fire kettle, because I cooked outside). Fill with enough water to cover it . Start cooking.
    6. Add the turkey pieces, onion, garlic and bay leafs.
    7. Grille the green chili peppers, turning them a few times, until a bit charred on all their sides.
    8. Chop the grilled chili peppers.
    9. Cut the celery stalks in smaller pieces to fit the pot and add to the soup.
    10. Season with the sweet and hot paprika.
    11. Add the tomato puree and season with the oregano and some extra paprika if needed. 
    12. Slice roughly the mushrooms to have sort of a similar shape with the tripe.
    13. When the tripe and turkey has cooked for about 90 minutes, add the chopped mushrooms to the kettle with the soup and continue to cook until the mushrooms are cooked, about another 30 minutes.
    14. Slice thinly the red onions.
    15. Chop the parsley.
    16. Cut the remaining lime into wedges.
    17. When the soup is cooked, serve while hot in soup bowls garnished with some chopped parsley (coriander/cilantro if you like it, but I do not 🙂 ), some slices of red onion and a wedge of lime.

  2. Rabo de Torro – Spanish Bull Tail Stew Recipe

    May 14, 2015 by Varga László

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    I came across this recipe quite a time ago, but up till now whenever I found in shops oxtails, I was never in mood for cooking this dish.
    Recently I had a free long weekend and I finally set my mind on it.

    Ingredients (6 servings):Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 0

    • 2 kg cow tail / oxtailRabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 02
    • 400 g canned tomatoes
    • 1 l dry red wine (If Spanish is better 😉 )
    • 150 g wheat flour
    • 2 cups beef stock
    • 2 carrots
    • 2 medium onions
    • 1 bulb garlic
    • 1 red bell pepper
    • 2 teaspoon chopped ginger
    • 50 ml olive oil
    • 4 cloves
    • 4 bay leafs
    • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

    Preparation Method:

    1. Cut the tails at each joint, Season the bull tail with salt and pepper.Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 03
    2. Place the tail pieces in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and add enough red wine to cover them all and let them marinate for 30-60 minutes.Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 05
    3. Dice the onions, chop the garlic and ginger.Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 04Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 06
    4. Slice thinly the carrots.Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 10
    5. Slice thinly the red bell pepper.Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 07  Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 09
    6. In a large cast iron pan heat olive oil over medium high heat.
    7. Remove the tails from the marinade drizzling down the liquid then dust them in flour, removing the excess flour.Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 08
    8. In batches, sear every piece of tail until browned on each side.
    9. Remove the bull tails from the pan and set them aside.
    10. Add a bit more oil to the pan and saute the onion and garlic for 5 minutes.
    11. Add the sliced bell pepper and sate 5 more minutes.Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 11
    12. Add the sliced carrots, bay leafs, cloves and ginger and saute 2 saute minutes.Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 12
    13. Place back the tail pieces into the pan, add the remaining wine and stock.
    14. Bring to a boil and then cover the pan and simmer it for 3 hours or more until the meat is tender and falling off the bones. Add some stock if needed.Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 13vRabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 14
    15. Serve with french fries.Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 15 Rabo de Torro - Spanish Bull Tail Stew 18

  3. Chilli con Carne Recipe

    March 26, 2015 by Varga László

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    Ingredients (8-10 servings):

    • 2 kg beef chuckChilli con carne 01
    • 4 red onions
    • 1 bulb of garlic
    • 2 cans cubes tomatoes
    • 2 cans tomato paste
    • 4 cans black beans
    • 1 red bell pepper
    • freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons thyme
    • 4 tablespoons chili flakes (personally made by me from very hot peppers from the farmers market) or 3-4 jalapeno peppers if you find
    • 2 tablespoons corn flour (best if you have the Mexican one – Masa harina, but I could not find so used regular)
    • 100 ml olive oil
    • 75 g dark bitter chocolate


    Preparation method:

    1. Dice the beef into 1 cm cubes.Chilli con carne 02
    2. Chop the onions and garlic.
    3. Cut the red bell pepper in thin stripes.Chilli con carne 08
    4. Place the beef cubes in a large bowl and season it with freshly ground pepper, salt to taste, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cumin and 2 tablespoons of the chili powder.Chilli con carne 03
    5. Heat a large cast iron pan over medium high heat, add the olive oil and the meat pieces spreading in one layer. Leave them to brown and caramelize, turning only after the bottom is browned.
    6. Repeat this procedure until all meat is fried, in batches, approximately 4 batches. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
    7. Heat some olive oil in the emptied pan, add the chopped onions and garlic and saute for 5 minutes over medium heat until they get soft and golden brown.
    8. Add the chili flakes and saute for another minute.Chilli con carne 04
    9. Return the meat to the pan and add the tomato paste and the diced tomatoes.Chilli con carne 05
    10. Add the corn flour, the remaining cinnamon, cumin, thyme and chili flakes to taste.
    11. Simmer for 1-2 hours stirring now and then, until meat is tender .
    12. Add the red bell pepper stripes and simmer for another 10 minutes.Chilli con carne 09
    13. Add the chocolate pieces and stir to melt them. Chilli con carne 07
    14. Strain the liquid from the black beans cans and add the beans to the chili. Simmer for another 5 minutes .Chilli con carne 10
    15. Serve while still hot with some chocolate crunches on top and some extra chili peppers.Chilli con carne 11