Rustic Meals


Here are a couple of photos sent by our readers. One is from Hungary and one from Poland. Meat plays an important part in the Eastern European Cuisine and I believe these pictures capture this. Also using a wood plate makes food taste so much better and looks very appetizing.

Poland, Zakopane – a traditional restaurant with many kinds of meat dishes. It looks delicious!


Hungary, Budapest – a great assortment of meat dishes served with fries, vegetables, and pickled hot peppers.



Meat and Potato Dish

Here is a really easy and quick meat and potato dish that my Hungarian friend cooked; she calls it Jénai tálban sült csirkemell párolt zöldségekkel. Basically you put potatoes, seasoned chicken breast, tomatoes, onions, seasoning herbs, olive oil, lemon juice in a pan and put it in the oven.

The result is delicious as you can see it yourselves. Enjoy!

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers (Ardei Umpluti)

Here is a really easy and delicious recipe. The same ingredients go well for stuffed tomatoes or stuffed zucchini.


  • 7-8 peppers
  • 1 pounds ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups uncooked rice
  • Half chopped onion
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 bunch chopped dill
  • 1 bunch chopped parsley
  • 1 can tomato paste


  • Clean peppers – remove tops, seeds, and membranes
  • Arrange peppers in a dish standing upright – you can either bake it or cook it on top of the stove
  • Mix the meat, eggs, rice, onion, dill, salt and pepper

  • Stuff the peppers
  • Cover with water mixes with the tomato paste
  • Add parsley on top and cook until the peppers are tender
  • Serve with sour cream



Potato and Sausage Stew

I got this recipe from a friend of mine who lives in Hungary. This is so easy to make and so delicious that you really need to try it especially if you like sausage.

– 1 onion
– 4 sausages (try to pick 2 different flavors of sausage)
– 8-10 large potatoes
– Salt, Pepper, Red Paprika, Vegeta

You start off by cooking the chopped onion in a little oil, add spices and potatoes and cover with water. Let it boil for few minutes and add the sliced sausage. Cook until potatoes are fork tender.