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19.10.17

PEPPER STEW WITH MUSHROOMS - GOMBÁS LECSÓ


Lecsó is big, very big in Hungary. There are lecsó festivals all around the country. It has become fashionable to cook lecsó on the open fire, something I tried a few times back in the days when Jim and I were young and campers. There are endless variations to lecsó, but there are two things that are common to every type. One, no green bell peppers. By flavour and texture, green peppers just don't work in lecsó. Green peppers cook up soggy and the best I can describe the flavour is that it sticks out. Second, we use lots of onions. Lots! By weight, not volume, we use about the same amount of onions as tomatoes. Onions provide the bulk and the sweetness for lecsó. If you have to sweeten the lecsó you didn't put enough onions in it. Beware it is a sacrilege to eat lecsó with sour cream; there must never be a tang to lecsó. And although paprika is present, it is present in a relatively small amount. OK that was five. Or was it six?   

   

6 Hungarian sweet yellow wax peppers 
[Hungarian wax can be substituted  with yellow or red bells]
2 LARGE onions,
2 cloves of garlic
3 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
5 medium ripe tomatoes sliced
2 tsp Hungarian paprika
2 cups sliced mushrooms

• Wash the vegetables.
• Chop the peppers into strips.
• Chop the tomatoes, removing the green centers.
• Dice the onions, but don’t grate them.
• Slice the mushrooms.
• Place 3 Tbsp olive oil in the pot on medium heat.
• Add the onions and garlic and sauté until onions are soft, but not brown.
• Reduce the heat and add the peppers.
• Add the salt and the pepper now.
• Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for a 3-5 minutes.
• Add the tomato and the Hungarian paprika.
• Simmer uncovered for 1-2 minutes.
• Add the sliced mushrooms and bring back to simmer.
• Simmer until mushrooms have reabsorbed their liquid.
• Serve with rustic white bread.
• Yields: 2 servings




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It began with posting a few recipes on line for my family. "zsuzsa is in the kitchen" has more than 1000 Hungarian and International recipes. What started out as a private project turned into a well visited blog. The number of visitors long passed the two million mark. I organized my recipes into an on-line cookbook. On top of the page click on the cookbook to access the recipes. I am not profiting from my blog, so my visitors will not be harassed with advertising or flashy gadgets. Feel free to cut and paste my recipes for your own use. Publication is permitted as long as it is in your own words and with your own photographs. However, I would ask you for an acknowledgement and link-back to my blog. This is to my old on-line friends and visitors: policing the comment section for spam and answering questions has become a chore. Good wishes to you all, happy cooking and keep on feeding your people with good food.

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