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Pörkölt Recipe – Hungarian Stew

by Adina 16/11/2017 3 comments

hungarian pörkölt with nokedli - pork stew with dumplings

 

Hungarian pörkölt recipe, tender pork pieces in an aromatic onion and paprika sauce, served with nokedli.

Another delicious Hungarian stew – pörkölt – that can be enjoyed with the Hungarian Flour Dumplings – Nokedli, one of our favorite side dishes for stews.

PÖRKÖLT RECIPE

Pörkölt or porkolt is another typical, authentic Hungarian stew, which is also very common in Romania, especially in Transylvania. Another dish I have been eating all my life, although my grandmother never actually called it porkolt, she would call it “tocana de porc” – pork stew or even goulash.

 

porkolt 1 Pörkölt Recipe   Hungarian Stew

 

However, I have learned that both “tocana” or “tokany” in Hungarian and goulash would be the wrong names for this particular stew.

According to Wikipedia there are differences between the three dishes: Porkolt or better spelled Pörkölt is made of meat (beef, pork, lamb), onions and paprika and does not have a lot of sauce. Goulash on the other side has more sauce, it is almost like a thick soup and also contains peppers and other vegetables.

Tokany is originating in Transylvania – Romania and doesn’t contain so much paprika (well, my grandma’s tocana always did have lots of paprika in it…) and it is made with different kinds of meat and normally lots of vegetables.

And when it comes to tocana, I really am an expert, I have made tocana with all kinds of meat (including lamb stew and rabbit stew) and with all possible vegetables, like potatoes, eggplants, peas and so on.

 

porkolt 4 Pörkölt Recipe   Hungarian Stew

 

INGREDIENTS FOR THE PÖRKÖLT RECIPE

Well, the pörkölt recipe is actually a very easy, straightforward recipe using only a few, good quality ingredients: meat, onions, paprika and lard.

Meat for pörkölt:

  • This pörkölt recipe can be made with beef or pork, however I make it with pork most of the times, because that is the way my grandmother always cooked it. You can use neck or leg of pork, cut into cubes.

Fat:

  • When using lard, just make sure you buy the pure pork lard%name Pörkölt Recipe   Hungarian Stew and not some hydrogenated stuff, which is not good for you. Pure lard, it is easily available here in Germany, but I am not sure how easily you will find it elsewhere. If you don’t find the good stuff (have a look at the ingredient list), you could make your own or use oil instead.

Spices:

  • A good quality Hungarian sweet paprika powder%name Pörkölt Recipe   Hungarian Stew is very important as well, make sure you buy the best you can afford, really cheap one just won’t do, I have made that experience myself.

 

HOW TO MAKE HUNGARIAN PÖRKÖLT

  • Dice the pork neck or leg into small cubes, about 1 cm/ 0.4 inches. Set aside.
  • Quarter the onions and slice the quarters very thinly.
  • Heat the lard or oil in a heavy bottomed stewing pan or Dutch oven. Fry the onions until golden. Add the paprika powder and stir very well.
  • Give the pork to the pan and continue cooking for about 5 minutes searing the meat on all sides.
  • Add about 250 ml/ 1 cup hot water, the meat should be barely covered in water. Add some some salt and pepper as well. Stir well and cover.
  • Simmer for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring regularly and checking that the dish doesn’t become too dry and catches at the bottom of the pan. Add a little bit of extra hot water when the water in the pot is gone, but not more than 50 – 60 ml/ ¼ cup at a time.
  • After this time check the meat, it should be very tender. The onions should be “melted” or dissolved, you should not be able to recognize their form anymore. If the meat is not perfectly tender and the onions can still be seen and felt in the mouth, continue cooking the pörkölt for another 15 minutes, then check again.
  • At this point, if you have too much liquid in the pot, remove the lid and continue cooking the pörkölt for another 5-10 minutes or until the water evaporates.
  • Adjust the taste with salt and pepper and serve.

 

HOW TO SERVE PÖRKÖLT

My favorite side dish for the Hungarian pörkölt are the nokedli – flour dumplings, but I have also had this with mashed or boiled potatoes, German Spätzle or regular pasta.

 

porkolt 2 Pörkölt Recipe   Hungarian Stew

 

porkolt 3 200x200 Pörkölt Recipe   Hungarian Stew

Pörkölt Recipe - Hungarian Stew

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Hungarian pörkölt recipe, pork pieces in an aromatic onion and sweet paprika sauce, served with flour dumplings – nokedli.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs pork leg, neck or shoulder
  • 6 medium onions
  • 2 tablespoons lard (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika powder
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Dice the meat into small cubes, about 1 cm/ 0.4 inches. Set aside.
  2. Quarter the onions and slice the quarters very thinly.
  3. Heat the lard or oil in a heavy bottomed stewing pan or Dutch oven. Fry the onions until golden. Add the paprika powder and stir very well.
  4. Add the meat and continue cooking for about 5 minutes, stirring often and making sure you sear the meat on all sides.
  5. Add about 250 ml/ 1 cup hot water, the meat should be barely covered in water. Add some some salt and pepper as well. Stir well and cover.
  6. Simmer for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring regularly and checking that the dish doesn't become too dry and catches at the bottom of the pan. Add a little bit of extra hot water when the water in the pot is gone, but not more than 50 – 60 ml/ ¼ cup at a time.
  7. After this time check the meat, it should be very tender and the onions should be “melted” or dissolved, you should not be able to recognize their form anymore. If the meat is not perfectly tender and the onions can still be seen and felt in the mouth, continue cooking the pörkölt for another 15 minutes, then check again.
  8. At this point, if you have too much liquid in the pot, remove the lid and continue cooking the pörkölt for another 5-10 minutes or until the water evaporates.
  9. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper and serve with nokedli – Hungarian flour dumplings, mashed or boiled potatoes, Spätzle or regular noodles. And also with gherkins or other preserved vegetables.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 812 Total Fat: 51g Saturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 28g Cholesterol: 241mg Sodium: 685mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Protein: 69g
Nutritional information is not always accurate.

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3 comments

Jutta Holden 17/11/2017 - 14:02

Can’t wait to make this! Looks so good!
I have pork butt roast in freezer, is that also ok to use?
Thank you for your wonderful recipes!

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Adina 17/11/2017 - 15:27

Hi Jutta. I think pork butt would be fine. Enjoy!😊

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Jutta Holden 17/11/2017 - 16:09

Thank you so much for your quick reply!

Jutta

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