Lesco

A savoury and filling supper dish, Lesco is an adaptation of a Hungarian recipe. It is traditionally served topped with a fried egg. To be truly authentic, Hungarian sausage may be substituted for the garlic sausage suggested below.

1 oz. butter large onions, chopped

Lesco, a Hungarian sausage and veg-etable stew, is traditionally served topped with fried eggs.

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tablespoons paprika

4 large green peppers, white pith removed, seeded and chopped

1 lb. tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped -½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

5 oz. tomato puree

8 oz. garlic sausage, peeled and sliced

In a large, deep frying-pan, melt the butter over moderate heat. When the foam subsides, add the onions and the garlic and fry, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until they are soft and translucent but not brown.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the paprika. Return the pan to the heat and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until the onions are well coated with the paprika. Stir in the green peppers, tomatoes, salt and pepper.

Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and cook the mixture for 10 minutes. Add the tomato puree and the sausage, stirring well to blend.

Re-cover the pan and simmer the mix-ture for a further 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the mixture to a warmed serving dish. Serve at once.

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