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  1. Goose with Smoked Pears – Recipe Inspired from Ukraine

    December 13, 2014 by Varga László

    Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 07I have been recently in Ukraine in Zakarpattia – aka Subcarpathia, very nice place, very friendly people, very good food and vodka.

    While I was visiting the city and browsing through the farmers market I found smoked pears, never heard of them before.

    So when I came back, I had to try them and add a splash of vodka to keep the Ukrainian theme. And since it’s goose season the meat of choice was of course goose.

    Here’s the recipe:

    Ingredients (2-4 servings):

    • 2 goose legs
    • 2 goose wings
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 100 ml dry white wine
    • 10-15 smoked pearsGoose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 05
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 2-3 mild red chili peppers
    • 1 large tomato
    • 1 spoon of honey
    • a dash of vodka, optional
    • salt and pepper to taste

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Salt and pepper the goose legs and wings and place them in an ovenproof dish. Add the bay leaves and white wine,Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 02
    2. Place the dish with goose parts in the preheated oven at 180 C and roast the for about 1.5-2 hours, until done, and the skins are crunchy.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 11
    3. Meanwhile chop finely the red peppers.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 03
    4. Dice finely the tomatoes.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 04
    5. Place the diced tomatoes and chopped  peppers in a small pot, add a cup of water, a bit of salt and pepper, and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes until they are soft and mushy.
    6. In another small pot add the smoked pears and about 1 liter of water simmer over medium heat for about 30-45 minutes until the pears have soaked and soften up.
    7. Remove the pears and set them aside.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 06
    8. In the smokey-peary liquid add the dissolved cornstarch, a dash of vodka and the honey, simmer for a minute until thickens a bit.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 12
    9. Server the goose legs with some boiled potatoes, some smoked pears covered with sauce and a spoon of the chili-tomato sauce.     Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 08 Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 09 Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 10

  2. Chicken with Pears and Blue Cheese Recipe

    April 24, 2012 by Varga László


    Ingredients (2 persons):

    • 300 g chicken breast
    • 1 large aromatic pear
    • 50 g blue cheese
    • 10-15 almonds
    • 100 g butter
    • salt to taste
    • 1 teaspoon hot paprika
    • a bunch of ramsons (wild garlic) leaves for garnishing (optional)

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash the chicken breast and cut them into two slices.
    2. Slice thinly the pear.
    3. Rub salt and hot paprika on both sides of the chicken slices.
    4. Heat the butter in a pan and fry slightly the chicken on both sides over medium-high heat.
    5. Remove the chicken from the pan and braise slightly the pear slices on both sides in the same pan.
    6. In an ovenproof dish place the chicken slices, covered by the pear slices then the blue cheese and the chopped almonds.
    7. Roast in in the prehheated oven for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted a bit.
    8. Serve with some greens as side dish, I used some freshly and roughly cut ramsons (wild garlic) leaves, since spring it is their season.