Nyárlőrinci tutajos

by | Jun 7, 2024 | Noodles

Nyárlőrinci tutajos, named after Nyárlőrinc, a village near Kecskemét in Bács-Kiskun county, is an old, forgotten shepherd’s dish from the Great Hungarian Plain. Traditionally, it was cooked in a cauldron over an open fire, a common practice among shepherds in the region. This rustic noodle dish features barley-shaped egg noodles, potatoes, smoked pork fat, and sausage, all cooked together to create a hearty and flavorful meal​.

The preparation of Nyárlőrinci tutajos begins by rendering the fat from diced smoked bacon, which is then used to toast barley shaped noodles and sauté onions until they are soft and fragrant. Diced potatoes are added to this base, along with sausage, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic. The mixture is then cooked until the potatoes are tender and the flavors meld together. In the traditional shepherd’s style, the cooked mixture is mashed into a coarse purée, forming a rustic and comforting dish. This purée is often shaped into small balls and served with fresh salads or pickled vegetables, providing a bright contrast to the rich and savory flavors of the dish​.

Nyárlőrinci tutajos
Nyárlőrinci tutajos – photo: zserbo.com
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