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Fasirt (Hungarian Meat Patties)

mami kerekenHello Everyone!fasirt rizibizi 2

Today I’m sharing with you another recipe that originated as a peasant dish, however today it’s served in every single household and all gourmet and regular restaurants.  Your family will take just one bite and fall in love for good.  It’s called Fasirt in Hungarian, which is a sort of meat patty.

You may serve it with any of your favorite side dishes, such as boiled potatoes, rice (including my Rizibizi, which is Hungarian Rice and Peas), fries, salads or in place of burger patties for a mouth-watering gourmet burger.

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The traditional meat is ground pork, however you may use ground chicken, turkey, beef egg yolks.jpgand more exotic meats such as wild boar.red onion

INGREDIENTS for Fasirt (Meat Patties)

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of any bread soaked in water (squeeze out water before placing in meat)wine for ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepperred paprika bright.jpg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled, finely chopped or grated
  • 1/2 tsp smoked red paprika (optional)
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled, finely choppedsalt talban bright
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 500 grams of ground beef

PREPARING FASIRT

Place everything in a large mixing bowl and mix together until everything is evenly incorporated.  Remember to mix in the bread very well as it should be invisible and you should not have large chunks of wet bread peaking out.

Form egg-sized balls and pat them flat in your palm to get a patty.  Place breadcrumbs on a flat plate, put patties in the bread crumbs and coat all over.  Heat oil and test it before placing patties in it to fry.  The best way to test the oil is to take a patty and dip it in the oil.  If it’s hot enough, it will start frying right away.  Turn patties every 2-3 minutes until you get a dark brown (but not burned) outer crust all over.repa.jpg

INGREDIENTS for RIZIBIZI (Hungarian Rice and Peas)

  • 2 cups of rice (I used minute rice but the traditional recipe calls for sticky rice)red bell pepper .jpg
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into small cubes peas green.pngor grated so you get strands of carrot
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cored and cut into small cubes
  • 3 small heads of mushroom (any type), peel off skin, remove stem and salt 3.pngslicebors bright.jpg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen green peaswhie onion.png
  • 2 tsps. of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt for cooking rice

PREPARING RIZIBIZI

Place oil in a skillet, turn on heat; add onion, carrots, mushroom, bell pepper, salt, black pepper and sauté for about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile cook rice in salted water until soft, best to use minute rice as it takes about 5 minutes after the water reaches the boiling point.

Drain rice; add to the sautéed vegetables, stir together,; adjust salt to taste.  Sauté for another 5 minutes; add peas and continue sautéing for another 5 minutes.

Serve Fasirt with Rizibizi – Bon Appetite!

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Hungarian Savory & Sweet Kifli

mami kerekenHello Everyone!kifli 4

Kifli has always been a favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl and that wasn’t yesterday 🙂 . Now I will share with you this simply, easy to recreate, delicious alternative to regular bread.  Not that there is anything wrong with bread, but having variety is never a bad thing.

You may eat Hungarian Kifli as a snack with milk, as a sandwich bread or simple serve every time you would serve bread.

Following the savory recipe you will find the sweet “kifli” recipe that my daughter invented.lisztes zsak

INGREDIENTS

500 grams of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon saltwine for sugar 1
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 pack of fast rising dry yeast
1 cup of warm milk (not hot)
100 grams of melted unsalted buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon caraway seed for top of Kifli

RECIPE

Warm milk, but do not make it hot as it would kill yeast. Pour in dry yeast and sugar, cover and let stand until foamy, which is about 5 minutes.

caraway seeds 2In a bowl mix together all the ingredients, except caraway seeds. Form a round dough, place in bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.

Cut into four and form four round balls. Cover with bowl and leave to rise for 30 minutes.baking sheet with parchment

Roll out each ball and cut into four, like a pie. Roll up each flat section, starting at the wide end. Let rise for another 30 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and put aside. Also bring to boil 6 cups of lightly salted wine for sugar writtenwater; also add 1/2 teaspoon sugar to it.pot with water

After the kifli has risen for 30 minutes, dip each kifli into the boiling water with a spoon for 5 seconds. Remove and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.

baking brushPre-heat oven to 375F (180 C). Whisk together an egg white and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush each kifli and sprinkle with caraway seeds and if you are not on a salt restricted diet, with coarse salt.

Bake until golden.

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It is wonderful for breakfast with butter, milk, tea or coffee; at a picnic with your favorite pate or just on its own. You can also use it as a base for a sophisticated deli sandwich.

arugula 2My daughter loves to make her favorite arugula sandwich with “kifli”. She cuts it in half (lengthwise), spreads a teaspoon of blue cheese dressing on it and covers the dressing with baby arugula. As much as you can fit into it. It is healthy and delicious.red book with porkolt

Kifli is served in Hungary every morning for blue cheese dressingbreakfast with milk or coffee.

Learn about the legend of Kifli from my cookbook, Treasured Hungarian Family Recipes® 1 (the red book).

FOR SWEET KIFLI

For the sweet “Kifli” which is not a traditional Hungarian invention but my daughter’s who wanted to have a chocolate dessert. As she couldn’t make up her mind as to which pastry to make, she decided to mix together some unsweetened cocoa powder with sugar and used it as filling.  The en result what a wonderful, chocolate filled croissant.

FILLING

2 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp. of regular sugar

Place 2 tsp. in each kifli before rolling into share

TOPPING

Sprinkle generously with sugar right after water bath

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Hungarian Goulash Soup

mami kerekenAs you may know I’m Hungary, but moved to Canadagulyas leves ujra with my family 30 years ago.  No, it wasn’t yesterday, but I could never forget all the delicious recipes that I grew up with.

One of my family’s favorite has always been Hungarian Goulash Soup, so garlic parsleylet me share the recipe with you.  You will fall in love with this recipe even if you are not Hungarian.  That’s the magic of this dish, no one can resist it.

INGREDIENTScherry tomato bright

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled, repa feher hatterrelchopped
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, cut in half (1 tomato, chopped)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cored, sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, sliced
  • 2 tsp. red paprika
  • 1 lb. cubed pork (shoulder or any part you like)celery 2
  • 2 carrots, peeled, sliced
  • 1 parsnip, peeled, sliced
  • 2 slices of celery root, peeled, sliced
  • 1 stick of celery, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (you may stick to the original recipe and use parsley instead)cilantro
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled, chopped
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp. crushed chili pepper flakes (hot)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper

Place olive oil into a large stockpot; add onion, peppers and tomato.  Sauté caraway seeds 2for a few minutes (3-5); add red paprika, stir and krumpli darabolvaadd pork.  Sauté for 2-3 minutes while stirring and add 1 cup of water; stir and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Add 2 cups of water and everything except the wine for ground black pepperpotatoes and the cilantro (or parsley) ; also add a tsp of salt; cook for another 20-25 minutes. Add the potatoes and 4 cups of water and cook 15-20 minutes or until potato is fork-tender but not falling apart.

Turn off the heat and add cilantro (or parsley).  Serve with crusty bread or biscuits.

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