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  1. Green Beans Paprikas – Hungarian Recipe

    July 23, 2014 by Varga László

    Green Beans Paprikas - Hungarian Recipe

    I was at my parents this weekend and while in garden I gathered lots of season’s goodies: green beans, peas, kohlrabies, potatoes and so on. A lot of green beans.

    Also from my father’s I got some dozens of free-range eggs, so I wanted to cook something to combine these two main ingredients.

    Rge recipe I invented is mainly a Hungarian recipe with the addition of the hard-boiled eggs to the stew somewhat Southeast Asian style.

    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 1 kg fresh green beans (I used green butter-beans, also called wax-beans)Hungarian Green Beans Paprikas
    • 2 garlic bulbs pealedHungarian Green Beans Paprikas
    • 1 medium onion
    • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 6-8 hard boiled eggs
    • 400 ml cream
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • a handful of parsley leaves
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash and cut the ends of green bean pods.
    2. Chop the garlic and onion.Hungarian Green Beans Paprikas
    3. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the chopped garlic and onion. Fry them until translucent.Hungarian Green Beans Paprikas
    4. Add the green bean pods to the pan and add water until mostly covers the beans. add some salt. Cover wit h a lid and bring to boil. Cook at medium temperature until the bean pods are almost done.
    5. Add the hard boiled eggs and cream and cook 5 more minutes. Hungarian Green Beans Paprikas
    6. Take out the beans from the pot and set aside, add the cornstarch to the liquid to boil until reduces to the desired thickness.Take out the beans from the pot and set aside, add the cornstarch to the liquid to boil until reduces to the desired thickness.
    7. Return the beans to the pot, add the chopped parsley leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste.Hungarian Green Beans Paprikas
    8. Stirring gently cook for another 1-2 minutes.Hungarian Green Beans Paprikas


    Hungarian Green Beans Paprikas

  2. Palóc Soup Recipe – Hungarian (Palócleves)

    January 7, 2012 by Varga László

    The Story:

    This soup is invented by the famous Hungarian cook Gundel Károly at the request of writer Mikszáth Kálmán who was from Palóc-land region, nowadays situated in northern Hungary and southern Slovakia.

    Ingredients (6 persons)

    • 80 dkg of beef shank ( I used some bony parts too)
    • 1/2 kg frozen green beans
    • 2-3 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 level teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 2 medium onions
    • 6 medium potatoes
    • 200 ml sour cream
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    • 1 tablespoon of paprika
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • a few dill leaves



    1. Dice the onion into very small cubes.
    2. In a pot with little oil braise the onion.
    3. Dice the meat in cubes, add to the pot and fry them a few minutes in the oil.
    4. Then add the finely chopped garlic, spices, paprika and salt, and a little water.
    5.  Cook until the meat is almost done, the time is not fixed as it varies with the age of the cattle.
    6. Peel the skins off the potatoes, dice them into 2 cm cubes.
    7. Add some more water to the pot and the diced potatoes.
    8. When the potatoes are done,  add the defrosted green beans and bring it to boil for 2 minutes.
    9. Mix the sour cream with 2-3 spoons of soup and the flour – lump-free.
    10. Add this thickener to the soup and bring it to boil for 1 minute.
    11. Finally, sprinkle it with finely chopped dill.