Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cottage cheese dumplings

The Hungarian cottage cheese or "túró" (as we call it in Hungarian) has a special slightly sour flavor and a grainy consistency.

Many years ago when I was in Sweden on the last day (what I spent with my Hungarian friends in Göteborg) we wanted to surprise our Swedish hosts with pancakes stuffed with cottage. So we went to the supermarket to buy the ingredients, especially cottage cheese, but we didn't find anything, what is same type of cottage cheese like the Hungarian "túró". So our plan was unsuccessful, we realized that this food is not known in Sweden. They also have cottage, but that is different from ours.
Few years later I spent a month with a scholarship in Belgium and my experience was the same. The Belgian cottage cheese (quark) is somewhere in between the Hungarian túró and our sour cream and very delicious, but of course I like mostly the Hungarian version :)

Here you can see the Hungarian cottage cheese dumplings (túrógombóc) :)

The cottage cheese dumpling is one of my favorite desserts. I guess you would like to know the recipe. So, here you go :)

500 gram cottage cheese
1 egg
9 tbs grits
salt to taste
bread crumbs
1 liter water for cooking
oil for toasting the bread crumbs

1. Mix well the main ingredients (cottage, grits and egg). Add little salt to taste.
2. Create dumpling forms.
3. Let rest the dumplings for at least 30 minutes.
4. Cook a few dumplings at a time in salted boiling water for about 10 minutes. After cooking put them in toasted bread crumbs.
5. Finally sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with sour cream.

I hope that nobody will steal your sour cream, how my daughter did when she was around one year old :)


hilary said...

i just moved to hungary and am interested in learning to make some hungarian foods. i think i'll try this recipe first. i'll let you know how it turns out. great blog, by the way!

i'm assuming you can find grits at the regular supermarket. correct?

Nóri said...

Oh thank you Hilary, I hope that already your first attempt will be successful :)

Yes, you can find grits in the regular supermarket (hope my translation was correct), but in the Hungarian supermarket look for the "búzadara" or "gríz" :)

Anonymous said...

In some English speaking countries grits is sold NOT as flour, but as "semolina" in the porridge section of the supermarket. In the US grits might be of corn origin, not of wheat.

My mother always made it with one egg white whipped, to make it even lighter and fluffier. This makes them fall apart a little more, but there were always fights over who was to get the delicious broken pieces, with the leftover breadcrumbs.