Leczo Inspired Pepper Stew

Leczo is a bell pepper stew that originally hails from Hungary (where it is spelled lecso). At some point, variations made their way through the region and over to Poland. This is NOT a recipe for an authentic Hungarian Lecso, but it does contain some of the necessary fundamentals: peppers, onion, tomato, and paprika. The end result is still delicious and can be a vegetarian stew/ragout used to top something like rice or buckwheat, or it can include kielbasa or other meat to make it a heartier standalone stew. Or it can just be a great side. This recipe is also much thicker than a lot of other leczo recipes out there, but you can obviously combine elements of all and adjust based on your preferences. ūüôā Continue reading

Homemade Chicken Stock

Hey, this ingredient list looks familiar! Yep, because it’s the exact same as the homemade vegetable stock, just with chicken and thyme. The chicken from this stock tastes good, so don’t you dare discard the meat at the end! This stock will be a great base for almost any soup. Continue reading

Mushroom Soup

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After going mushroom picking with my family, my great aunt made the most incredible¬†mushroom soup. It smelled so warm and earthy and completely transformed mushroom soup for me!¬†This is my attempt to recreate that meal and bring back some memories while utilizing¬†some of those wild forest mushrooms.¬† Dried porcini mushrooms (or any dried wild mushrooms) that you find in most grocery stores have a deep, earthy flavor and should be the star of this dish.¬† You don’t need much to enhance the flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package crimini mushrooms
  • 1 package white mushrooms
  • Small handful of dried mushrooms

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Pickle Soup (Zupa Ogórkowa)

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Pickle soup?!? WHAAAT? Yes. Pickle soup. It has been a thing in Poland for quite some time! It is delicious, savory, and surprisingly doesn’t taste like a jar of pickles, but does have a bit of tang to it. Just try it!

As with all soups, this will taste better the next day, or after it has a chance to sit for a while. Additionally, you should adjust seasoning based on your preferences and feel free to add more liquid to soups as you go along! The ingredients an amounts below are a base, but add and taste and add and taste until you love it!
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