Prep 25 mins
Cook 45 mins
A rich Green Bell Pepper stew. Very warming on a cold day. It comes from Hungary and is a typical peasant meal.
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 7 large green bell peppers or 7 large yellow bell peppers or 7 large red bell peppers, cut into 1 inch squares (or combination)
- 3 large peeled tomatoes, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chili
- 1 chorizo sausage, sliced into thin rings
- In a large frying pan, saute the onions& garlic in olive oil, until limp, approx 2 minutes.
- Add sliced sausage& chilli and cook, mixing with onions& garlic for approx 5 minutes.
- Add bell peppers and mix well with onions, garlic& sausages.
- Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Turn heat down and add Tomatoes.
- Let simmer until the peppers are soft.
- Keep simmering for a further 2 minutes and serve with rice or mashed potatoes.
My Hungarian grandmother used to make this all the time. (although she made it with regular pork sausage instead of chorizo and added paparika as well) She used to make huge batches and can the leftovers. We ate a lot of it during the winter and fall when we helped harvest the garden for her.
It's nice to have this recipe available for everyone, not just Hungarians. I made this for a friend who is allergic to peanuts and just about every other food in the world and he was about ready to propose marriage! When I make it I use waay more onions, and about equal amounts, volume wise of onions, peppers, and tomatoes. My husband and I go on a marathon of chopping, we set up 4! frying pans to start the onions and green peppers toasting with the overhead fan going full blast. We deglaze each pan with Sutter Home wine (just a spash in each) because we prefer regular pans to get some nice fast browning on the onions which means, you must deglaze. If you use nonstick pans, it will take you forever to brown the onions slightly. Anyway, we take a tiny break and wipe our eyes while the onions start to heat up, then chop the tomatoes and the rest of the peppers. Put the peppers in a stockpot with a drop of oil and the lid on so they steam cook. Add the onions and tomatoes to the stockpot, add any spices, and let it bubble slowly for at least 2 hours. When everything is nice and soft, we crush the veggies against the side of the pot with a slotted spoon (metal spoon) to thicken the stew. At this point we bring the temperature all the way up to a bubble again (if needed) and add chopped (not crushed) garlic cloves (for 3/4 of a stockpot, we add about 12 cloves), then immediately turn off the heat and remove the stockpot to a different burner because we have an electric stove. The garlic shouldn't be cooked to death. Bay leaf and marjoram are allowable herbs in this dish, but many people leave them out. I like to use andhouille sausage if I can't get real kolbasz, but you can find lots of Euro markets that carry hungarian kolbasz these days if you look. My mother used polish keilbasa and it was fine. We also added a bit of cooked rice at home. I now add cooked brown rice and it's still just as good. There are other allowable adjuncts to the dish: eggs, ham, crutons, etc. Experiment and find something you like. Letcho is also an ingredient in many Hungarian dishes. It's always best to use fresh peopers and tomatoes, but in the winter, when you couldn't get it, canned letcho was used instead. Then it became a traditional additive. Try it in a braised meat dish, you might like it.
It is a great Hungarian dish.My son could eat it every week. I don't use chili,I use sweet Hungarian paprika,maybe 2 Tabls.It can be served without the sausage,as a vegetable side dish,