by Benny Balazs
Simple Hungarian Vegetarian 4th of July Recipes
|Mason Jar Table Setting, Janis Brett-Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com|
|Hungarian Fried Mushroom, Benny Balazs, MommyBlogExpert.com|
|Time to Make Hungarian Fried Mushrooms, Benny Balazs, MommyBlogExpert.com|
The first recipe is Longosh, a classic food that is best described as the Hungarian equivalent of French Fries. They’re easy to make, found everywhere in Hungary, and make for a quick, delicious snack. The second, a favored summer dish in my ancestors' homeland, is fried mushrooms. Hungarian restaurants will often have some type of fried mushroom on the menu to the uniquely light taste that the locals can't seem to get enough of.
|Hungarian Longosh, Benny Balazs, MommyBlogExpert.com|
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
What you'll need
- Pizza dough is an easy pick you can grab at the market
- Vegetable Oil is a good choice so that your lángos don't retain much oily taste
2. Pull at edges of each piece, stretching the dough out -- not to worry about eveness
3. Grab a pan and add vegetable oil, when it’s heated, drop in pieces,one by one
4. Fry lángos until golden brown on both sides, carefully remove from pan
5. When done, drop onto a plate with paper towels, to soak up excess oil
You can put all kinds of toppings on these bad boys. Classic Hungarian cuisine calls for sour cream or garlic, which bring this dish to the more savory side of things. If that’s not your pot of pie, you can just eat them plain, as they taste quite amazingly delicious on their own.
|Hungarian Fried Mushrooms, Benny Balazs, MommyBlogExpert.com|
Prep Time: 25 minutes
What you’ll need
- 20 White Mushrooms
- 3 Eggs
- Flour (Whole Wheat/White)
- Breadcrumbs (Flavored/Plain)*
- Vegetable Oil
|Mushrooms cleaned & hollowed, Benny Balazs, MommyBlogExpert.com|
2. Remove the stem from mushrooms, since you’re going to use that newly made pit as the housing for toppings
3. Coat mushrooms in flour, which should have some salt added
4. Whip the eggs up then dunk floured mushrooms into that mix, which should also have some salt added to it
|Breaded mushrooms ready to fry, Benny Balazs, MommyBlogExpert.com|
5. Next cover as much of each mushroom as possible with breadcrumbs. It should stick easily to the now eggy surface.
6. Plop them carefully into hot oil in frying pan, and cook until golden brown on both sides.
7. Drop onto a plate with paper towels on it to absorb excess oil.
|Always use fresh produce, Benny Balazs, MommyBlogExpert.com|
As good as these fried mushrooms taste on their own, the recipe I like best as a Californian includes guacamole, which is one of the most complimentary toppings for the dish. Don't be tempted to buy ready-made guacamole at the store, this recipe is ridiculously easy and only takes a few minutes to make and is way more savory.
What you'll need
- ½ of a purple onion, chopped
- ¼ bundle of fresh cilantro
- 2 avocados
- 2 medium-sized whole tomatoes
- ½ a lime, squeezed
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground lemon-pepper
|Unicum from Hungary, Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com|
|Benny Balazs, MommyBlogExpert.com|
A special thank you to my Dad for editing my photos for this post and to my Mom for helping me whip up these succulent appetizers in the kitchen!
|Shot Glass from Budapest, Hungary, Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com|
About the Author
Californian Benny Balazs comes from a Hungarian family on both sides and describes himself as a writer by day and a singer by night. A newly-minted graduate, he received his high school's top music award, was a member of an a cappella group, editor in chief of a student literary magazine and originated/wrote a newspaper column as well a school play. Following his passion for performing and literary arts, he hopes to join an a cappella group soon and aspires to write a book.
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