Wonderful Monday morning to all of you!
I know …. I know ….. some of you get really annoyed with my love for Mondays …. what can I tell you …. I love ‘em!
You know what I love more then Mondays?
……. first month of FALL …. the weather is cool enough to bake & cook …. warm enough to enjoy the changing outdoors …
Then there are the PUMPKINS …… APPLES …… GRAPES ……. & tons of gorgeous PEPPERS & TOMATOES.
Peppers & tomatoes always bring me back to my childhood in Slovakia …..especially when I make HUNGARIAN LETCHO.
Growing up we ate LETCHO made many ways from late summer to early fall & I could never get enough.
I was very fortunate to have one Hungarian & one Slovak grandmother …. both excellent cooks & bakers with different tastes & traditions.
My Hungarian grandma made Letcho with Hungarian sausage & served it over rice.
My Slovak grandma made Lečo with eggs & served it with bread and European wieners. Wieners were always optional.
Some of you are probably wondering what is Letcho or Lečo.
Lecsó – pronounced “LETCH-oh”; Lecsó, Czech and Slovak Lečo, Letscho, Leczo) is an originally Hungarian thick vegetable stew made from peppers, tomatoes, onion, lard, salt and Hungarian paprika as a base recipe. …
…. Summer & HUNGARIAN LETCHO in Central Europe go together as Ice Cream and Apple Pie…..
My kids prefer the SLOVAK style Lečo with wieners or sausage. It makes very quick & light dinner.
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- 1 Onion (chopped)
- 1 Tbsp Hungarian Paprika (sweet or hot)
- 2-3 Fresh Green Bell or Yellow Hungarian Peppers (cleaned & sliced)
- 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes (sliced in half) or 2-3 Tomatoes (cubed)
- 4 Eggs
- 1/4 cup Whipped Cream or Cream
- Salt & Pepper
STEP 1: In a skillet heat the oil on medium. Add chopped and Hungarian Paprika onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
STEP 2: Add sliced fresh peppers and saute until the peppers are soft.
STEP 3: Meanwhile lightly whip together eggs and cream. Add pinch of salt and black pepper.
STEP 4: When the peppers are soft add chopped up tomatoes and saute for another 2 minutes. Stir couple times.
STEP 5: Add whipped egg and cream mixture into the vegetable mix. Stir gently few times until eggs are cooked and ready to serve.
To make HUNGARIAN LETCHO just leave out the eggs & cream. Add sausage.
Do you have any special recipes that bring back childhood memories? What are they?
Don’t forget….Keep Smiling….Keep Cooking!
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