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
September 10, 2014 by Varga László
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 kg
- 3 medium onions
- 1 garlic bulb
- 1 medium pickled cabbage – about 1.5 kg
- 250 ml white wine
- 3-4 medium apples
- 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 tarragon branches
- Cut the duck in pieces.
- 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.
- Dice the onions and garlic.
- Fry the diced onions and garlic in the duck fat. When translucent add the sweet paprika and stir fry it for another 15 seconds.
- Return the duck pieces to the pot, add the wine and simmer for about half hour.
- Meanwhile wash the pickled cabbage if too sour, because it can suppress the duck’s taste. Then chop the cabbage in smaller chunks.
- Peal, clean and dice the apples into 2 cm cubes.
- 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.
- Simmer over low heat until the cabbage has softened, stirring from time to time.
- If you like the soups more creamy, add to the plates some cream or yogurt.
Category Duck, Hungarian, Stew | Tags: apple,cabbage,Hungarian,kettle,open fire,paprika,pickles,stew,tarragon | No Comments