Hunter style beef with bread roll dumplings

by | Jun 14, 2016 | Meat dishes

Vadas is a popular preparation method of game meat, but it works well with beef, too. Vadas or hunter style meat is a complex and rich dish with the fine balance of sweet and sour aromas. The meat is braised with a lot of vegetables, which are pureed after they have been cooked. Sweetness and the nice brown color of the sauce comes from the caramel, mustard and lemon juice are the sources of its sourish taste. The main spices of vadas are black pepper corns, bay leaf and juniper berries, the latters have a slightly piney flavour with a touch of both fruitiness and pepperiness.

The traditional vadas is served with zsemlegombóc/bread roll dumplings. Bread rolls are diced and toasted first, then stirred into a thick batter. The dumplings are seasoned with finely chopped parsley, and if you want to give it a twist, you can add some grated smoked cheese to the dough. The cooking time of the dumplings is about 10 minutes, but if you want to play safe, take out a ball and cut it into half to check if it’s done.

Hunter style beef with bread roll dumplings / Vadas marha zsemlegombóccal
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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