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    Hungarian Lecso - Pepper, Sausage and Tomato Stew

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    Chef Czegeny's Note:

    Here is an ancient dish which originated in Serbia. Lecso is very versatile and essentially, is a stew of onions, various shaped and sized peppers including hot and yellow banana peppers, tomatoes and paprika. By adding sliced Kolbász, it becomes a main dish. Served as a side dish with any breaded meat; veal or pork is a perfect match. Excellent with scrambled eggs for breakfast! Many people refer to this is the Hungarian Ratatouille.

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    1. 1
      METHOD: In a heavy, straight-sided sauté pan or a casserole (like a Dutch Oven), melt three generous tablespoons of delicious lard.
    2. 2
      Prepare all peppers, core, devein and cut into 4-6 long narrow wedges.
    3. 3
      Cut onions into ½ moon slices. Place onions and peppers into the lard on high heat. Stir-fry until it becomes like a stew, cooked, but still firm; only about 6-8 minutes - no longer, you want the integrity of the peppers to remain in tact and the bright colours to stay. Then, add all seasonings, stewed tomatoes and paste.
    4. 4
      Adding the Hungarian Sausage: Take 1 pair of Hungarian Kolbász (Sausage) and slice it on the “diagonal” – the visual effect is important. You can add the slices right into the pepper stew and let it stew together if it’s not too dry. Other sausage variations like Debrecen are ideal, but the drier ones, like the Gyulai sausage are exceptionally delicious. Note: if the sausage is too dry – stew beforehand in ½ cup water in a shallow saucepan for 10-15 minutes before adding it to the peppers. (Add both stewing liquid and sausage to the peppers).
    5. 5
      Let simmer until all flavours are melded; about 4-6 minutes. Warning – when you are stirring, use a wooden slotted spoon so as not to break up the peppers – you are not going for baby food!
    6. 6
      Serving Suggestions: Serve with fluffy white jasmine rice and/or fresh Hungarian white bread. You can jazz it up or play it down. However you use, it you will find it to be very complimentary with a variety of your favourite dishes.

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    • on October 23, 2013


      I love this recipe, it's delicious. Thank you for showing that the pans are enamel on steel also. In the USA, it's nearly impossible to find such pans anymore. So for most Americans, the time of the onions will be closer to 10-12 min because of the effect of teflon pans. I personally go out of my way to find at least stainless stell pans, but I wish I could easily buy more enamel on steel. If I want a frying pan of that material, I'd have to buy a paella pan. Maybe I'll try to buy from Amazon-France. Anyway, thank you again, this recipe is superb.

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    Nutritional Facts for Hungarian Lecso - Pepper, Sausage and Tomato Stew

    Serving Size: 1 (330 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 194.6
    Calories from Fat 66
    Total Fat 7.3 g
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    Cholesterol 6.9 mg
    Sodium 961.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.8 g
    Sugars 17.4 g
    Protein 4.9 g

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