Hungarian Bean Soup Jokai BablevesFrom heatherbudapest 8 years ago
- 1/4 pound dried beans (Almost any type can be used. I like the large speckled brown and white flattish ones you find in the market in Budapest, but I don't know that I've seen them in the US) shopping list
- 2 smoked pig's feet shopping list
- 1/2 pound smoked pork ribs shopping list
- 1 celery knob, peeled and diced (for those in the United States who cannot find celery knobs, a few pieces of celery should make a fine substitution) shopping list
- 1 yellow onion, chopped shopping list
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil shopping list
- 1 Tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped shopping list
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour shopping list
- 1/2 Tablespoon Hungarian paprika (make sure it's fresh, not the funky stuff that has been sitting at the back of your cupboard for three years. It should be bright red and smell very pungent. In case you didn't know, paprika simply means "pepper" in Hungarian, and the dry paprika powder you use as a spice is actually ground Hungarian peppers. Like a bell pepper or chile you'd use fresh, paprika just isn't as good when it's been sitting on your shelf for months!) shopping list
- 1 garlic clove, mashed shopping list
- 1/2 pound smoked pork sausage (see note) shopping list
- salt to taste shopping list
- 2 Tablespoons sour cream shopping list
- Note: Hungarian sausage is a very delicious and special food item, typically made with a great deal of the local spice, paprika, yielding a deep reddish sausage. While you can use other kinds of smoked sausage, the soup is really best with authentic Hungarian sausage. If you can't buy it where you live, you can purchase it online here: http://quickshipeurope.com/Default.asp shopping list
How to make it
- Soak your dried beans overnight.
- Make your meat stock: Cook smoked pig's feet and pork ribs in 2 quarts water till the meat comes of the bones. Bone them and put meat pieces aside. (Should it be more convenient, you can do this step the day before, and refrigerate the meat and the pork stock. This also gives you an opportunity to skim more of the accumulated fat off the surface of the stock. Trust me, there will be a lot. When you are ready to continue, heat the stock up again.)
- Add the celery and the beans to the meat broth, and cook until the beans are done. (Be patient; this can also take a while.)
- Meanwhile, fry onion in olive oil over low heat. When onion is wilted, add chopped parsley and flour and make a brown roux over the lowest heat possible. Stir often to prevent burning.
- When the roux is light brown, mix in paprika and garlic; immediately add 1 cup cold water. Whip until smooth, then pour into the cooked beans.
- Add smoked sausage and 1/2 tablespoon salt. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Cut smoked meats into small pieces, and add to the soup.
- Adjust salt. Add the sour cream.
- Serve with Hungarian nokedli/ Little Pinched Dumplings (recipe to come).