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This appetizer seems to have absorbed all the sunny colors of summer, as well as the generosity of autumn, and has become one of the favorite preparations for the winter. Despite the fact that this is a Hungarian folk dish, it has long been recognized as one of its own in many families. Especially popular is the sweet bell pepper lecho harvested for the winter under the delicious name "Lick your fingers."
Features of cooking lecho from bell pepper
Every housewife has made this dish at least once. With the onset of autumn, an abundance of vegetables appears in markets and summer cottages, including sweet peppers, carrots, tomatoes and onions. They are the main ingredients of lecho.
How to properly prepare food and containers
Only ripe, firm, fleshy vegetables are used for cooking. For a spectacular appearance, red, orange and yellow peppers are chosen. All components of the dish are washed, the stalk is cut off from the pepper and the seeds are scraped out.
Tomatoes are also stalked, and onions and carrots are peeled. Jars are well washed and sterilized using steam, roasting in an oven or microwave.
The best recipes
Although the main ingredients are similar, there are many different lecho recipes to suit every taste, even the most sophisticated one.
Classic bell pepper and tomato lecho "You will lick your fingers"
Despite the fact that this is a national Hungarian dish, it was the classic Bulgarian lecho, also called "You will lick your fingers", that won the greatest love. Required ingredients to make it:
- tomatoes - 4 kilograms;
- bell pepper - 5 kilograms;
- sugar - 250 milliliters;
- salt - 2 tablespoons (with a slide);
- vegetable oil - 250 milliliters;
- table vinegar (9%) - 50 milliliters.
Peeled peppers are cut into 5-8 pieces, depending on their size. The stem of the washed tomatoes is cut off, scrolled in a meat grinder, and the juice is poured into a large saucepan. Then salt and sugar are poured there and put the saucepan, covering it with a lid, on low heat. After boiling, sunflower oil is added to the juice and Bulgarian pepper is put.
After the start of the boil, the lecho is stewed for half an hour over low heat, stirring constantly, and then removed from the stove and vinegar is added. Then the filling and tomato sauce are evenly poured into sterilized jars. It is important to cook the lecho for no more than 30-40 minutes so that it does not turn into mashed potatoes.
This option is suitable for people suffering from diseases of the digestive system, as well as diabetes or hepatitis. Despite the fact that it is not difficult to make lecho without vinegar, it has an exquisite, velvety taste. It can also be used as a separate sauce or filling for many dishes, in particular, rice.
Contains tomatoes, peppers, sugar and garlic. The principle of preparation is the same as that of the classic lecho, only at the end, instead of vinegar, add crushed garlic and black pepper.
Lecho for the winter can be done without sterilizing cans. First of all, tomato juice is prepared, then it is boiled for half an hour to evaporate excess moisture. Then garlic, sunflower oil and vinegar, spices are added to it and boiled for 15 minutes. Then put pepper and boil everything together for another 15 minutes. Banks are fried in the oven and ready-made lecho is poured into them.
With tomato juice
Tomato juice can be used instead of fresh tomatoes. For a bright and rich taste, it is advisable to use homemade juice, which is taken at the rate of 3 liters per 4 kilograms of bell pepper. This lecho can be consumed both fresh and rolled up in jars.
The delicious Hungarian lecho recipe is suitable both for rolling and for fresh consumption. It differs slightly from the Bulgarian version.
- sweet pepper - 3 kilograms;
- tomatoes - 0.9 kilograms;
- carrots - 3 pieces;
- onions - 300 grams;
- garlic - 1 large head;
- smoked bacon (bacon) - 100 grams;
- sweet paprika - 10 grams (1 tablespoon);
- white (wine) vinegar - 3 tablespoons
- sugar - 50 grams (2 tablespoons);
- salt - 25 grams (1 tablespoon).
A tasty and healthy option would be to preserve lecho with garlic for the winter. The sauce will not only paint long winter evenings with bright summer colors, but will also become a prophylaxis against various diseases. For 3 kilograms of pepper and 3 kilograms of tomatoes, take 2 heads of garlic, as well as 10-15 peas of black pepper.
Meat grinder with carrots
You can prepare lecho for the winter by passing tomatoes and carrots cut into circles for convenience. The pepper itself is cut into strips, and the onion is cut in half rings, garlic and allspice peas are added, and then everything is stewed for half an hour.
In a multicooker
Using a slow cooker, you can quickly prepare lecho for dinner and, of course, preparing a salad for the winter will also not be difficult. Chopped onions and carrots are cooked in the "Stew" mode, with the addition of a large amount of oil. Then put the grated tomatoes and stew for another 10 minutes. Then add pepper, sugar and cook for another 30 minutes.
This option can act as a side dish or as an independent dish, moreover, delicious and quite nutritious. It is used both hot and cold.
You need to cook lecho like this:
- take equal parts of onions, carrots and peppers (500 grams each);
- 3 kilograms of tight tomatoes;
- 250 grams of sunflower oil;
- 2 tablespoons of salt;
- 250 grams of sugar;
- and 250 grams of rice.
After boiling all the vegetables, rice is poured for half an hour and cook for another half hour. Then the appetizer is poured hot into jars and rolled up for the winter.
Delicious and satisfying lecho is obtained by adding beans. For 3.5 kilograms of tomatoes, 2.5 kilograms of sweet bell pepper, 1 hot pod and 500 grams of beans are taken.
With green pepper
Looks original in jars of lecho with green bell pepper. For 1 kilogram of tomatoes, 2 kilograms and 100 grams of carrots are taken. The cooking time is 45 minutes, after the lecho you can close it in sterilized jars. Such an appetizer comes out not only bright, but also very healthy.
For lovers of "spicy", just such an appetizer is suitable, in addition, it is used in winter as a prophylactic remedy for colds. For 2.5 kilograms of tomatoes, take 2 kilograms of bell pepper, 3 hot pods and 2 heads of garlic. After cooking, the snack can be rolled up in sterilized jars or consumed fresh.
Storage terms and rules
Rolled up in pre-sterilized jars, lecho is stored in a cool dark place for up to 1 year. A basement, a cellar and even a pantry are suitable, where the lecho is kept at room temperature. The main thing is the tightness of the can.
In an open jar, it is stored only in the refrigerator, up to 1 week.