Virsli (Sausages)

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The Hungarians called these Frankfurters 'Virsli'. Besides boiling it in water, there are other ways to cook it. In this photo, it was fried in oil. That's all. Horse radish is the dipping sauce to go with virsli, but some people prefer the mustard. For me, either Ketchup or mayonnaise is accompaniment.

Those virsli which are most commonly made from beef and pork are the Bécsi virsli where Bécsi means 'Viennese'. The first Bécsi virsli was made in 1805. In the Hungarian dish Lencsefőzelék, which is a lentils stew dish, traditionally eaten on New Year's eve, some families added virsli too.

There is also a belief that lentils resembles the 'coins' and it bears the symbolism of 'richness, wealth and money'. So that's why it is eaten on the New Years' Eve in Hungary.


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