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Potatoes (hungarian Style) Recipe

Potatoes (Hungarian Style) Recipe:

Introduction:
Potatoes have been a staple food in Hungarian cuisine for centuries. The recipe, known as "Hungarian Style Potatoes," combines the simplicity of potatoes with a rich and creamy sauce. This dish is not only delicious but also reflects the unique flavors and culinary traditions of Hungary.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Hungary is one of the largest potato consumers in Europe? Potatoes are a common side dish in most Hungarian meals and are often prepared in various ways, highlighting their versatility.

Ingredients:
- 3 cups potatoes, washed, pared, and cut into one-third inch pieces
- 1/3 cup butter
- A few drops of onion juice
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup hot milk
- Salt and paprika to taste
- 1 well-beaten egg yolk
- Finely chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions:
1. Begin by washing, peeling, and cutting the potatoes into one-third inch pieces. This should yield approximately three cups of potatoes.
Note: As an optional step, some Hungarian recipes recommend parboiling the potatoes for three minutes before proceeding to the next step. Parboiling helps to soften the potatoes slightly.

2. In a large skillet or frying pan, melt one-third cup of butter over medium heat. Add the cut potatoes to the pan, ensuring they are evenly coated with butter. Cooking the potatoes on the back of the range allows for slow and even browning.

3. Cook the potatoes, stirring occasionally, until they become soft and slightly browned. This process may take around 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of the potato pieces. The slow cooking process enhances the flavor and texture of the potatoes.

4. In a separate saucepan, melt the remaining two tablespoons of butter. Add a few drops of onion juice to infuse the sauce with a delicate onion flavor.

5. Gradually add two tablespoons of flour to the melted butter, stirring constantly to form a roux. This step helps thicken the sauce.

6. Slowly pour one cup of hot milk into the saucepan, continuing to stir to prevent lumps from forming. Ensure that the sauce is smooth and well combined.

7. Season the sauce with salt and paprika, adjusting the amounts to suit your taste preferences. The paprika adds a distinct Hungarian flavor to the dish.

8. In a small bowl, beat one egg yolk until well combined. Gradually pour the beaten egg yolk into the sauce, stirring continuously. This step adds richness and gives the sauce a creamy consistency.

9. Once the sauce has thickened slightly and the egg yolk is fully incorporated, remove it from the heat.

10. Pour the sauce over the cooked potatoes, evenly coating them with the rich and creamy mixture.

11. To add a vibrant touch of color and freshness, sprinkle finely chopped parsley over the dish. The parsley also provides a subtle herbaceous flavor.

Serve the Hungarian Style Potatoes as a delightful side dish alongside roasted meats, grilled vegetables, or as a standalone vegetarian option. This dish is sure to please your taste buds with its hearty potatoes and creamy sauce.

Fun Fact: In Hungary, potatoes are commonly enjoyed as a side dish to traditional dishes such as Goulash (a meat and vegetable stew) and Paprikash (a creamy stew made with chicken or other meats).

Similar Recipes:
- Hungarian Potato Casserole: This variation of Hungarian-style potatoes involves layering sliced potatoes with a rich cheese and cream sauce, then baking until golden and bubbly.
- Paprikás Krumpli: Also known as Hungarian Potato Paprikash, this comforting dish features potatoes cooked in a paprika-infused stew with onions and smoked sausage.
- Rakott Krumpli: A Hungarian-style potato casserole, consisting of layers of sliced potatoes, boiled eggs, smoked sausage, and sour cream, then baked to perfection.
- Lángos: Though not a potato-based dish, Lángos is a popular street food in Hungary. It is a deep-fried flatbread topped with various savory or sweet toppings, including grated cheese, garlic, and sour cream.

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