Much of our cuisine was highly influenced by Hungarian dishes, and this one is a prime example.
Meat on sticks covered with a tangy Paprika and tomato based sauce. Fond memories....
For the Schaschlik any kind of meat or sausage can be used, but tradition had it, that
Diced Pork Fillet
Thick sliced of bacon and diced pork liver
Or pieces of liver rolled in bacon
Sliced pickled cucumbers and
were used to make up the sticks.
Nowadays I like to add more things. Meatballs, bratwurst, peppers, mushrooms and whatever else I can think of. The more variety to more fun to eat!
The Letcho sauce is made by
Sautéing Bell peppers or similar and onions in bacon fat or olive oil, then adding fresh tomoatoes, preferably skinned or tinned or passata. I like passata as it’s nice and smooth and makes an attractive sauce.
Simply add salt, pepper and paprika powder to taste and a delicious sauce awaits. It’s lovely hot, but I actually really like it fridge cold.
The traditional Schaschlik Recipe:
1 Pork Fillet, diced into 1inch pieces
400g chicken livers, cut into equal size pieces to the Pork
4slices of streaky bacon cut in half and used to roll around the chicken livers
1 onion, quartered, then the segments separated.
1 large gherkin, thickly sliced
Salt, pepper and paprika powder mixed together to make the seasoning
Alternate the ingredients onto your skewers and bbq, grill or shallow fry on a medium heat until cooked through, while turning frequently.
Letscho German Style:
1 red, yellow and green bell pepper, sliced
1 400ml jar of passata
1 onion, sliced
1tbs lard, (I’m using olive oil, but lard was the fat of choice in olden days)
Salt, pepper and paprika powder to season
Sauté the peppers and onions in the fat until softened, the. Add the passata, season and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Serve hot, warm or leave to cool. It’s delicious at any temperature.