There are a number of dishes in Hungarian gastronomy that we like not only for their deliciousness but also for the numerous health benefits that come with consuming them. Homemade spreads belong to this category, especially when it comes to the greaves spread.
In the past, many households had a problem with excess greaves. They could not use it up fast enough, so they arrived at the perfect solution – making a spread out of greaves would solve this problem as well as make sure something delicious was always available to whip out if a hungry grandchild or a guest came around. Nowadays, it seems to be gaining popularity again; however, store-bought is quite expensive and not nearly as yummy.
A spread made from greaves contains a number of healthy ingredients that help protect
our body and provide it with the necessary nutrients. Some say eating greaves (in the form of a spread, for example), is the key to not getting sick so often but also to have enough energy for our everyday lives.
Making your own greaves spread is not that difficult, though there are a few tips and tricks to ensure the end result is delicious – reports Magyarorszagom. First and foremost, it all depends on the greaves you use. Artisan greaves would be the best, without a bunch of additives, but they are hard to come by, unfortunately. It is always important to make sure the ingredients you use are of good quality.
300 g greaves
1 egg, boiled
100 ml sour cream
1 red onion
1 tbsp. mustard
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp paprika
some salt and pepper
Mince the greaves or puree them. It is not a problem if some bigger pieces remain, though, it can make it even more delicious. Add the chopped onions, the butter, the sour cream, the mustard, the boiled egg and the paprika, season it with the salt and pepper, then mix it all so it becomes nice and creamy. If it is too thick, add a tiny bit of butter or sour cream to ease the mixing process. Put it in a resealable container and let it set in the fridge for a few hours. You can store it in the fridge for a few weeks.
Once it is done, spread it on top of a nice piece of fresh bread or some toast, and add some extra red onions or peppers if you like. Enjoy!
Another popular Hungarian spread that you can make at home is the körözött. Every household has their own version. It is up to you what kind of cottage cheese you want to use, how exactly you want to season the spread and whether you would like to add a bit of sour cream, too. Once you find the recipe that works for you the best, however, you will be addicted for life.
250 g sheep’s cottage cheese
100 g cow’s cottage cheese
150 ml sour cream
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp hot paprika
1 small red onion
salt and pepper
caraway seeds (optional)
Break the cottage cheese into small pieces with the help of a fork. Add the sour cream, the paprika (to make it the signature orangey colour), the red onion and the caraway seeds, then season it with salt and pepper. Mix well together, then let it cool in the fridge so that the spices have the chance to really mix and spread. You can pair it with a fresh piece of bread, some toast, a number of veggies – whatever you feel like is allowed, make sure you find what works best for you 🙂
For more recipes, check out the floating island, an excellent dessert idea.
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Source: Daily News Hungary