Placek po Wegiersku - Hungarian Style Potato Pancake - Recipe #112

Placek po Wegiersku, crispy, golden brown potato pancake with nice beef stew - served with sour cream and some green onions. This dish brings a lot of memories because it was our favourite during our honeymoon in Zakopane.

Ingredients:

For the stew:

  • 600 g of stew beef
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • half an medium onion
  • all spice
  • bay leaf
  • 1 tbs of sweet paprica
  • some chilli flakes
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 1 cup of beef stock
  • salt and pepper
  • oil for frying

For the pancakes:

  • 600 g of potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • small onion
  • oil for frying
  • sour cream and chopped green onions for serving

Instructions:

  1. Chop the onion finely and then slice your garlic cloves. Cut your meat in to 1 cm (1/2 inch) cubes and the bell peppers in to bite size pieces.
  2. Transfer the meat in to a mixing bowl and add flour. Mix until all pieces of meat are fully coated with flour.
  3. On a large skillet heat up few tbs of oil and then add sliced garlic. Wait until garlic starts to sizzle before adding chopped onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until softened.
  4. Using slotted spoon remove onion from the pan leaving the oil. Transfer the onion in to a medium saucepan.
  5. Add bell pepper to the frying pan with the reserved oil and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until softened.
  6. Transfer the bell pepper to the saucepan with the onion and add your meat to the frying pan. Add more oil if needed. Sprinkle the meat with a paprica and brown very well. 
  7. Transfer browned meat to the onion and bell pepper and add wine and beef stock. Stir and add bay leaf, chilli and all spice. Cover and cook on medium low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  8. After 30 minutes add tomato paste and cook for additional 20 minutes or until the meat is tender.
  9. Check for seasoning. 
  10. Peal off your potatoes and onion and chop very roughly. Into your food processor add potatoes and onion and process until smooth. Add egg, flour, salt and pepper and process it for additional 30 seconds.
  11. On a large frying pan heat some oil and fry your pancakes (make them round, around 15 cm in diameter) few minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  12. Spoon the stew on one half of a pancake and fold the pancake in half. Spoon some sour cream on top and garnish with chopped green onions.

Enjoy!