Hi, my names is Joe, and I'm from Denmark. I'm new here, and was told that people here possess an impressive amount of gastronomic knowledge. I hope someone can help me...
I have always been a huge fan of Hungarian cuisine, but since I'm not that big a chef myself, it is really frustrating that I have never had any success cooking Hungarian food. In particular there are two dishes that I would like to cook:
1) "Kolozsvári töltött káposzta" (Stuffed cabbage Kolozsvar (a town) style?), which is some kind of meat dish with Hungarian bacon, sausage, pork and beef together with cabbage and paprika.
Link (in Hungarian, I'm sorry): http://www.noklapja.hu/cikk.php?id=53&cid=4135
Link (in English, doesn't contain receipe) http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...gewanted=print
2) The legendary "Szegediner Gulasch." I found some recipes in German, but they are way too complicated (i.e. contains to many unconventional things such as cumin and Schweine- or Gänseschmalz (I don't know the English word, but it is some kind of grease) - in other words ingredients that I do not know where to purchase). I would like to know what I could exclude, for example, it seems weird that sour cream and sugar are ingredient... I'm terribly sory but my gastromonic vocabulary is really bad, so if there are some German-speaker in here that would really help.
Links are in German, sorry.
500 grams of chopped beef
20 g of hen grease (see below)
1 spoon of paprika spice/powder
1 spoon of pepper
1 spoon of salt
1 can of tomato "consentrado"
1/4 litre of water
500 grams of sauerkraut
150 grams of potatoes
10 grams of sugar
150 gram of sour cream
500 grams of potatoes
300 grams of Onion
200 g Schweineschmalz (pork grease? I don't know the exact english word, but I guess they add instead of oil or butter. There's a pic here: http://www.marions-kochbuch.de/index/0392.htm
600 g of pork meat
2 TL Rosenpaprika (2 spoons of paprika spices/powder)
300 g Sauerkraut (sour cabbage, the German one)
1 TL (1 spoon of cumin)
250 ml sour cream
Obviously both reciepes contain directions, but I'm more confused about the ingredients themselves. For example, cumin, can I leave it out, and what will the effect be? What about the grease, could I use butter instead?