Mátrai borzaska – Pork chops coated in grated potatoes

by | Dec 12, 2014 | Meat dishes

Mátrai borzaska means pork chops in potato coating, topped with sour cream, garlic and cheese. Its literal English translation means unkempt meat, which refers to its looks as the coat is made of grated potatoes. It’s a filling dish, which won’t have you sneaking off to the kitchen for a midnight snack. You can serve it with any kind of side dish you like: steamed rice, mashed potatoes or vegetable side dish.

In opposition to the traditional breaded cutlet that is dipped into flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs, borzaska is coated in the mixture of grated potatoes, egg and flour. The chops are first deep-fried, then roasted with garlic sour cream and grated cheese.

Mátrai borzaska
Mátrai borzaska – photo: zserbo.com
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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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