This is a typical Summer dish in Hungary. But why wouldn't you bring a little Summer to other season? :) Just the colors of the ingredients make you smile!:) And the fresh aroma of the pepper and tomato.....( and the sausage!:)).....Mmmmmm, so good!:)
For the authentic Hungarian lecso you should use Hungarian sweet pepper but - like me here - I used what I could find. Green pepper, Hungarian pepper (which is a little hot)
There are many versions of lecso, you can add beaten eggs, sausage, ....just use your creativity. I like to keep it simple.
Here is a basic recipe:
Makes 4 to 6 servings of Hungarian Lecso
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
2 tablespoons bacon grease or oil
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1 pound banana or Italian or green bell peppers. cut into 1/4-inch strips
3 large very ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar ( I skipp it)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (less if using sausage)
1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
In a large skillet, saute the onion in bacon fat or oil over low heat for 5 minutes. Add pepper and cook another 15 minutes. Add tomatoes, (sugar), salt and paprika and cook for another 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until mixture resembles chunky tomato sauce.
Add 1/4 cup cooked rice.
Toward the end of the cooking time, add 4 beaten eggs and mix in.
For a main meal, add 1 1/2 pounds smoked or fresh Hungarian sausage.
For a lunch, serve in a bowl topped with a fried egg.