Hungarian One-pot / Family Pork Porkolt Recipe

There is much more to Hungarian cooking than the stereotypical goulash, porkolt for one.  Porkolt is an easy, one-pot, family dish and can be made with cubes of pork shoulder or veal.  Just fry off the onion, add in the pork to seal the meat, add in the other ingredients, stir and leave to cook for a few hours on a low heat.  Just serve with gnocchi or polenta.  Super easy, super delicious!

Hungarian Pork Porkolt
Hungarian Pork Porkolt

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Borscht Recipe

Hot, cold, Ukrainian, Russian, there are so many arguments had over this dish it’s not even worth listing them.  Ultimately, every family has their own version and this is mine.  It doesn’t quite meet the standard I consumed at Chernobyl but it’s a pretty good effort.  Though be warned, it isn’t a quick dish to prepare.

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Ingredients

5 to 6 beetroots

2 carrots, grated

1 cabbage wedge, grated

3 potatoes, cut into chunks

2 white onions, grated

3 cloves garlic, crushed

15ml tomato puree

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 litre beef stock

300g boiled beef cut into chunks

3 tbsp rapeseed oil

Instructions

Put the beetroot in a saucepan

Cover with cold water

Heat until boiling and once come to temperature, lower to a simmer and leave for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes

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Remove the beetroot from the pan and allow to cool

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Keep the liquid for later

Peel and grate the beetroot

Heat oil in a large saucepan

Add the onion, cabbage, garlic, beetroot, tomato puree and carrot to the saucepan

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Stir together and cook for 10 minutes on a medium heat

Add the potato to the saucepan

Cook for another 10 minutes

Add the stock and a ladle of the beetroot water

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Simmer for 30 minutes, add the lemon juice and serve

Can be served with a spoonful of smetana (sour cream), a sprinkling of dill and/or parsley and crusty bread

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Romanian Bean Stew

Charlotte J - stirring. Photo Credit: Jill Robinson
Charlotte J – stirring. Photo Credit: Jill Robinson

I recently visited Cornwall for a few days as my school friends had rented a large cottage for the week.  The kitchen was an absolute delight and I insisted on cooking some good East European fare for my 7 companions.

The best thing about East European cooking is that the recipes are usually not desperately complicated, require just one or two pots and few ingredients, which keeps both washing up and costs down, yet enables you to create a really hearty and tasty meal.

Although this bean stew required smoked pork and a ham bone, I cheated and used pork chops and smoked bacon which added the required smokey flavour.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it  so I would definitely recommend this recipe!

Ingredients (serves 8 hungry beings)

2 white onions

1 tbsp sunflower oil

2 red chilies

1 tbsp Hungarian hot paprika (or to taste)

3 tins of mixed beans

20 black peppercorns

8 pork chops

500g smoked bacon

4 tbsp cornflour

Tomato puree or chili powder for colour if desired

Handful of chopped parsley for garnish

Crusty white bread to serve

Instructions

Put mixed beans into saucepan

Place pork chops on top of beans

Just cover pork with cold water and add peppercorns

Beans, chops & water in pan

Heat until boiling

Reduce heat, cover pan and leave on gentle simmer for 2 hours

Remove pork chops from pan

Cut off fat and bone and cut into chunks

Return pork to pan

Chop onions and heat in sunflower oil in separate pan until translucent

Onion

Add chopped and deseeded chili to onion and cook for 5-10 minutes

Onion & chilli

Chop smoked bacon and add to onion and chili and cook until crispy

Onion, chilli, bacon

Add paprika to bacon mix, stir and cook for 5 minutes

Onion, chilli, bacon, paprika

Add cornflour to bacon mix, stir and cook for 5-10 minutes

Add bacon mix to stew and stir

Cook for further 10 minutes until well mixed

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If desire deeper red colour, add tablespoon of tomato puree or chili powder

Serve into bowls, garnish with parsley (I forgot to!) and serve with chunky white bread

Serve!

Serve!

Owen, Jared, Dave, Jill, Simon, Nicky, Carla
Owen, Jared, Dave, Jill, Simon, Nicky, Carla

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