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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

This Week's Hungarian Delicacy...

I am somewhat behind with writing this up, so without further ado, I give you:
Hungarian Turos Csusza (Cottage Cheese Pasta)--not for the faint-hearted

You will need:
1 package lasagna noodles (or homemade pasta--recipe follows below)
1/2 package thick sliced bacon (slab bacon or real Hungarian bacon is the best if you can get it, if not, just use non-sugar added grocery store bacon), chopped
24 oz. small curd cottage cheese
24 oz. sour cream
salt and paprika to taste

To prepare:
1. Break lasagna noodles into squares; prepare according to package directions; rinse.
2. While noodles are cooking, place chopped bacon in a frying pan and render the fat until bacon turns into rinds. Set aside.
3. In mixing bowl, mix sour cream and cottage cheese well, add salt to taste.
4. Preheat oven to 350 F.
4. Assemble csusza:, in 13x9 lasagna pan mix noodles, cottage cheese mix and 2/3 of the bacon plus fat (yes, fat). Sprinkle top with remaining bacon and fat plus paprika.
5. Bake in oven for about 20-25 minutes or untilk top starts to brown and bottom is bubbling happily.
Serve with additional sour cream dollops on top.
Did I mention this is my favorite dish ever?

If you are in the mood for homemade pasta, this is what you do:
4 eggs
3 cups of unbleached flour
1/2 cup water
Mix all on pasta board; let rest for 20 minutes; divide into 4 parts; roll out until very thin (either by hand using rolling pin, or using the thinnest setting on your pasta machine)
let it sit for 10 minutes and tear it into irregular shaped (fairly rectangular) pieces about 2 inches long and wide. Fresh pasta only needs about 2 minutes cooking time, so adjust preparation of other ingredients accordingly.



At 10:24 AM, Blogger Autumn said...

Is this what we ate Saturday? That was really very good. Wonderful in fact. :)

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Annamaria said...

Yup, that's the one...

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Autumn said...

Ah. I can now find Russ's claim of how much you love that to be true. Good good stuff. :)

At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Chris - Wichita said...

not for the faint hearted? why? I see nothing wrong with that. has several of my favourite foot products in it..

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Autumn said...

Foot products? THe answer's in the question there...:P


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