17 September 2017

Hungarian potato pancakes

They're not actually Hungarian, they're Polish. We just call them 'Hungarian' to make them sound fancy and foreign.


For the stew

  • 500g of diced pork
  • 500g of diced beef
  • 1 large or 2 small onions, diced
  • 1 tbsp of salted butter
  • 2 red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of ground caraway
  • 1 tbsp of spicy paprika
  • 1 tbsp of smoky paprika
  • 1 tbsp of chilli flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream
  • 1 tbsp of plain flour
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 cup of water
  • a dollop of sour cream to serve
  • oil for frying

For the potato pancakes

  • 500g of potatoes, peeled and finely grated
  • 1/2 a large onion, or 1 small, grated (I strongly recommend using a food processor for that)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • sunflower oil (plenty of) for frying

1. Heat up oil in 2 pans. Add butter to one of them, and once the butter melts add in onions. Fry until the onions are lightly browned. Brown the meat in the other one, in batches, so that the pan isn't overcrowded.
2. Put the meat, onions, garlic, water, smoked and spicy paprika, caraway and a good pinch of salt in a slow cooker. cook on low heat for about 5 hours. If you don't have a slow cooker, just use a pot and slow cook it the old-fashioned, analogue way. Light a bonfire in your kitchen and hang a cauldron over it or something, dunno.
3. Once the meat is completely tender, taste the stew and spice up/season as required.
4. Mix the cream and flour in a cup, and add a few spoonfuls of the liquid from the stew, one by one, mixing it in so that there are no lumps. Now add it back into the stew and mix in. Cook for another 5 min or so.
5. For the potato pancakes, mix the grated potatoes and onions, egg, flour and seasoning together. If you feel adventurous, you can add chilli flakes to it as well.

6. Fry on a generous amount of oil and medium heat, like you would normal pancakes, until golden brown and cooked all the way through. It may take about 10 min on each side.

7. Serve the pancakes with the stew and a dollop of sour cream. Also goes well with pickled gherkins or peppers.

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