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This one is a one dish meal. All you need is a piece of good bread and you are set for the rest of the day. Except maybe have a slice of zserbó sometime afterwards. Cooked over an open fire the aroma and the flavour of course are superior. It is preferable to use a small slab of bacon to start the ragout when cooking out of doors, but in my kitchen, I opt for olive oil. When chopping the meat, keep in mind that larger pieces can considerably increase cooking time.

600 g pork meat, leg portion
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp caraway seeds
2 + Tbsp Hungarian paprika
2 Roma tomatoes
2 carrots
3 potatoes
1 parsnip
1 small celeriac [celery root]
1 yellow pepper

• Chop the meat into cubes.
• Add the olive oil to the pot.
• Sauté the diced onions on olive oil until transparent.
• Add the crushed garlic cloves and the pork cubes.
• Sprinkle salt, ground pepper and caraway seeds.
• Slowly cook the meat, turning it over often, until no pink shows.
• Add 2 Tbsp of Hungarian paprika and stir.
• Add the tomatoes and water halfway up the meat.
• Liquid should not cover the meat, this is stew; not a soup.
• Cover the pot and slowly sauté the meat.
• Meanwhile peel and chop the vegetables.
• Cut the carrots and the parsnip in half and cut them in half lengthwise again.
• Cube the potatoes and the celeriac.
• Cut the pepper into 4 parts.
• When meat is almost tender, add the carrots and a little water if needed.
• I five minutes add the potatoes and a little water if needed.
• When the potatoes are near being done, add the parsnip, celeriac and the yellow pepper.
• At this point you will have to add water to the ragout.
• When everything is cooked, stir in more Hungarian pepper for nice red color.
• Adjust the salt and add more water if needed. Serve with good sour cream.



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