Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to Everyone! :)

Christmas Dishes (Part IV) - Halászlé (Fish Soup)

Dear Readers,
this is the dish, which most Hungarian families have on Christmas Eve. Carp is almost every table's content at this time. Hope you'll like it and/or try it! 


30 g (2 tablespoon) Hungarian ground red pepper (pirospaprika por)
500 g (1 lb) onion (hagyma)
3 kg (7 lb) carp (ponty)
salt (só)

How to become master of the Hungarian kitchen #21

Scale and wash the carps before gutting them. Then cut into equal-sized pieces, salt, and cover with onions. Put the heads, backbones, tails, and fins with some sliced onions into a pot of water and boil it. When the water reaches boiling point add the two tablespoon ground red pepper and cook it till the onions don’t get tender and light brown. It’s about an hour and a half. Strain the stock over the pieces of fish and boil for 25-30 minutes. Don’t forget to shake the bowl several times. You mustn’t stir it; you can only shake the bowl. It’s important, because the fishes will stay in gross. You can add a few green peppers to the fish, if you have them at home.  Serve the soup in a plate with a slice of bread. Jó étvágyat!

Christmas Dishes (Part III) - Sült Libacomb burgonyával és párolt káposztával (Roasted Legs of Geese with Potato and Stewed Red Cabbage)

Dear Readers, 
I continue posting the Hungarian Christmas dishes. The following dish takes a long time to prepare, but it is worth to try it. I hope you'll like it. 

6 pieces of leg of goose (libacomb)
2 teaspoon yellow mustard (mustár)
3-4 dl (10-13 fl oz) cooking oil (főzőolaj)
2 piece of onion (vöröshagyma)
2-3 broth cubes (húsleves kocka)
pepper (bors)
salt (só)

How to become master of the Hungarian kitchen #19

Wash and then salt the legs of goose. After this put them in a bowl and cover it with aluminum foil. Keep the bowl in the fridge for 5 hours. Then marinate the legs with a sauce, which you have already prepared from mustard, cooking oil, and onion. When you are ready with this step pepper them and put the covered bowl to the fridge for a night. Grab a pressure cooker and put the legs of geese in it, then cover them with water. In order to get a more tasteful dish, use 2 or 3 broth cubes. When it boils, cook it for an hour on stage 3. Then let out the steap from the pressure cooker and check if the meat if tender enough. Now separate the legs from its liquor. The legs get in a roast pan and salt them and add the liquor from the pressure cooker to the pan. Roast the geese for one and a half hours. It is important that you should smear the legs with the liquor in every 15 minutes, so they won’t dry. Serve it with potato and stewed red cabbage (see the recipe below). Jó étvágyat!

Ingredients for the Stewed Red Cabbage:

1 red cabbage (piroskáposzta)
black pepper (fekete bors)
cooking oil (főzőolaj)
sugar (cukor)
salt (só)

How to become master of the Hungarian kitchen #20
Wash and then cut the red cabbage. Salt it a little bit and leave it for 10 minutes. During this time caramelize 2-3 tablespoon sugar on cooking oil and when the sugar is melt, add the cabbage (you need to squeeze out the water from the cabbage first). The final step is to add pepper and salt to it, and fry it until it gets a light brown color. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Dishes (Part II) - Borsos tokány (Pepperpot)

Dear Readers,
here is the second part of the Christmas dishes. What will be the menu at your house on Christmas Eve? Tell us here or our Facebook page:

1 kg (2,2 lb) sliced leg of pork (csíkokra vágott sertéscomb) 
150 ml (5 fl oz) cooking oil (főzőolaj)
1 big onion (vöröshagyma)
25 dkg (8,8 oz) fresh green pea (zöldborsó)
6 pieces of pickling cucumber cut in four (ecetes csemege uborka)
4 pair of frankfurt sausage (virsli)
2 dl (6,7 fl oz) sour cream (tejföl)
2 tablespoon flour (liszt)
parsley (petrezselyem)
pepper (bors)
salt (só)

How to become master of the Hungarian kitchen #18
As usually a Hungarian cooking process starts cut the onion into little pieces and fry it in cooking oil. When the onion is nice light brown add the sliced leg of pork to it. Stir the pork for two or three minutes and then cover the meat with water. Add a little pepper and salt to it. I suggest you not to use too much of them. When the pork’s color is pinkish-brownish, it means that it is half cooked. Now add the green peas and the pickling cucumber which you have cut in four pieces. Before the leg of the pork is fully cooked, put the frankfurter in the pot and stir them together. In another bowl mix the sour cream, the flour, the parsley, and a little wate, so the dollop won’t be lumpy. Add this dollop to the pork and cook it for two more minutes. The ingredients always have to be covered by water, but you don’t need to use too much water. Serve this meal with pasta or rice. Jó étvágyat!

Notes from the writer:
The ingredients always have to be covered by water, so the meat won't dry out. Also, you can put a few real hot Hungarian paprika in it, so your meal will be more delicious. You can use hot dog sausages for this dish if you would like to.