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Dec 12, 2009 09:14 AM

Hungarian Stewed Peppers? Help!

My dad remembers going to a Ma 'n' Pa-type Hungarian restaurant as a kid. When he ordered Paprikash, it always came with a side of spicy stewed peppers. He wants to learn how to make them himself, but can't find a recipe. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

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  1. He probably means "lecso" which are stewed peppers--plenty of recipes can be found on-line.

    1. Probably lesco as penthouse said. Try this:

      1 large cooking onion or 2 small ones peeled and chopped coarsely;

      2 ripe tomatoes. Dip them into boiling water for a few seconds, peel, core and chop coarsely. At this time of year canned diced ones are better.

      1 large sweet pepper chopped into 1-inch pieces. Green Bells are fine but a long green yellow or green sweet pepper gives more taste. Yellow wax peppers are great too.

      2 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika;

      About 6 or 7 peppercorns bruised or cracked;

      1 tsp more ore less of sugar;

      Salt to taste;

      1 tbsp of lard or 3 slices of smoked bacon in small pieces fried for their fat. All you want here is enough fat to fry the onions till they just go transluscent. Other fats or oils will work too.

      Fry the bacon or heat the lard in a pot at moderate+ heat. If using bacon, leave the bits in,

      Add the onions and peppercorns and stir continuously until the onions are just limp.

      Add the paprika, give a quick stir, savour the smell and then add the tomato chunks stirring all the time so that the paprika doesn't scald.

      Cook, stirring as required until the tomatoes start to break down and then add the peppers. Basically what you want is a tomato-medium in which to do the peppers.

      Let the peppers go for about 5 minutes and then add the sugar and salt while tasting.

      When the peppers are soft the lecso is ready.


      My mum used to add rice and we had our starch and side in one go;

      Add sliced sausage, or any meat for that matter, and allow it to cook along,

      Tonight we're having slices of pork shoulder from a previous meal reheated in lesco;

      Pan brown any chop or steak, pour lesco over and finish in the oven.