Lecso (Hungarian)

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Hungarian Lecsó is a rather thick vegetable stew which consist mainly of Hungarian peppers (mainly sweet thin skin TV Paprika), tomatoes, onion, lard, salt, sugar and ground paprika.

It is a very hearty dish and sometimes I like to eat it just with fresh bread. My mother-in-law has a very delicious recipe twist to it. She adds the green spicy chilli peppers (in Hungarian Erős Paprika) which gives it a super refreshing charge to the Vitamin C intake at once.

Steps to make this dish:
1. Heat the lard (I prefer smoked szalonna) in a large pot over medium-high flame.
2. Add the onions and sauté until translucent and starting to brown.
3. Add the garlic and sauté for another 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and stir in the paprika until well blended.
5. Reduce heat to medium-low and return the pot to the flame.
6. Stir in the peppers, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Simmer until the peppers are cooked through and soft.

*Do not add water as the moisture from the fresh tomatoes and paprika will create the best texture. Adjust seasoning such as salt and pepper powder and serve.


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