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Hungarian Tomato and Pepper Stew

Hungarian Tomato and Pepper Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced Hungarian bacon ( 1/4 -inch dice)
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion ( 1/2 -inch dice)
  • 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds (about 3 large) ripe tomatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 pound (about 6) Hungarian peppers, stemmed, seeded and cut lengthwise into 1-inch strips
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley

What To Do

  1. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced bacon and sauté until crispy, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  2. Add the onion to the pan and sauté until the edges begin to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the paprika and salt.
  3. Add the tomatoes and pepper strips to the pan. Return to the stove top and cook over low heat until the tomatoes break down and the peppers are tender, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. Add a little water if necessary to maintain a stew-like consistency.
  4. Stir the bacon into the stew. Season to taste and serve, sprinkling the parsley over each serving.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is a very common mistake (even Hungarians do it) to add paprika to hot oil. Never, never do that! It instantly burns the paprika and turns the entire dish bitter Paprika should be added only after the rest of the dish is cooking and there is some moisture present (water, stock etc.). This is called "allowing the paprika to be absorbed." Burnt paprika tastes very bad and spoils the entire dish.

Resilient Hawk said...

That's an excellent point. It is a sensitive spice.