Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hungarian Cauliflower Casserole

When I was living in Hungary last year I met an amazing friend who taught me all the hidden gems of our little town, like where to get my nails/hair done, where to tan, take dance classes, and she would have me over to her beautiful house to teach me Hungarian dishes. I honestly love this dish so much I could eat the whole thing to myself. There are a few steps, but I will try my best to break it down for you!

1 pack of ground pork
1 pack of ground turkey
1 1/2 cups of uncooked rice
2 heads of cauliflower, or 1 really big one
1 large container of sour cream
2 TBSP of paprika
1/2 onion
Olive Oil
1 tomato or paprika pepper (optional)
Goulash paste & paprika paste (optional if you can find it get it its so good. Check it out herehere, or here)
salt & pepper to taste

Step 1:
Add 1/4 C Olive oil to saucepan and caramelize chopped onion. After about 6 minutes add ground turkey and pork mix together and cook thoroughly. When cooked add about 1/4 C of water, salt & pepper, paprika and a generous squirt of each paste if using. Paprika burns easily, so adding the water is an important part of this step. Mix together and continue cooking uncovered. Add a tomato cut in half, or a paprika pepper cut in half just for flavoring. Remove after about 5-7 minutes and discard. Do not worry if it seems runny, you want it to be moist.

Step 2: Add 1/4 C olive oil to sauce pan and then add uncooked rice and stir. Paying close attention stir and heat rice being careful not to burn about 3 minutes. Add 3 cups of water bring to boil then reduce heat. Allow to steam for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir, let sit additional couple minute then add rice to meat mixture.

Step 3: Chop cauliflower into small pieces and steam/boil until its soft, but not soggy.

Step 4: Put meat/rice mixture in the bottom of casserole dish, next layer cooked cauliflower on top, and then spread sour cream mixture on over top. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until sour cream starts to lightly brown on edges. Serve!

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