Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hungry Hungarian!

   Yep, you guessed it, we are going Hungarian today. I am making "Leczo" (Lesco/Lecho), a traditional Hungarian dish with tomato, peppers and kielbasa. I could not believe that it wasn't a Polish dish when I first found out the origin of it. What??? It's not Polish??? But... but...we always make it, since I was a child as typical Polish dish! Oh well, I have to give it to the Hungarian people for coming up with a pretty delicious dish! You can make it two ways, original with only peppers, tomatoes and kielbasa or "Polish style" with the addition of zucchini! I personally like our version better and not because I'm Polish, just because it's "fuller", more satisfying and you can make much more of it (lunches for few days!). So without any further ado, here is the recipe:

*  2 red bell peppers (roughly chopped)
*  1 yellow bell peppers (roughly chopped)
*  4-5 ripe tomatoes (chopped)
*  4 zucchinis (chopped)
*  2 cups of chopped smoked kielbasa
*  1 medium onion (chopped)
*  2 tbsp olive oil
*  1 tbsp smoked paprika powder
*  salt and pepper

1. Heat the olive oil and saute chopped onions and kielbasa until lightly browned.
2. Add peppers, tomatoes and zucchini and cook everything for 5 minutes.
3. Add paprika powder, salt and pepper, mix well, bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes until veggies are tender and the dish resembles a stew.

   So good. It's light, but filling and as I mentioned before it makes the perfect lunches for a busy week. Just portion it, put it in the fridge and "to-go" lunch is ready to grab on the way to work!



  1. This looks super delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! Getting Kielbasa miiight prove a little tricky for me though, but maybe I can find something similar here!

    1. I'm happy you like it. It depends where you live, but I think most stores should carry kielbasa... or similar stuff. Good luck!

  2. A Polish friend made this last week for us. It was so delicious she gave me the recipe which is slightly different from youre. Hers has equal quantities of red peppers, onions and fresh tomatoes (skins removed)She also adds one tin chopped tomatoes plus paprika or even chilli if you like it spicy. She explained that you can add any COOKED meat or fish to the dish. We had chopped chicken and meatballs (delicious) but apparently hard boiled egg is also good. Apparently the secret is to simmer the veg for about an hour and not to add any water.
    I had never seen anything like this and plan to make a large batch this week which I can freeze in portions to make easy meals later! Definitely one for the repertoire!

    It was so very good and different!
    Thanks for your version.

    1. Judith, I think like with any recipe everybody has their own version of it. I do tend to change up everything a little bit and try new things with traditional recipes. I'm sure it will be good no matter what!
      Good luck with your recipe... and remember you have to freeze it quickly after cooking... otherwise it might disappear in no time (that's what happens in my house!).


  3. I Just came back from Wroclaw, Poland. I also visited Krakow. My girlfriend lives in Wroclaw and one of her friends cooked this dish. She also added coriander to the mix. Delicious. I could not stop eating. Truly an amazing Dish. Thank you for posting the recipe...