This recipe for Hungarian style peas or borsofozelek is probably one of the better meals I’ve had in the last month or so. If you’re a fan of creamed vegetables, you’ll love the combination of peas and onions seasoned with paprika. You can serve them alone as a side, or make it a meal as shown.
You’ll find this to be a pretty straightforward recipe. The sauce is made with a slurry of flour and milk, which is a technique I’ve used with cornstarch, but never flour. It worked to make a nice sauce and I didn’t have to use another saucepan (always a win in my book). Paprika gives the sauce a reddish tinge and adds a fabulous smoky flavor.
Transylmania of Food.com recommended serving with a fried egg or sausage, and someone in the comments mentioned fried potatoes. I was inspired to serve mine over toast and it was absolutely delicious!
- ½ large onion, diced (about a cup)
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1 cup water or broth (I used vegetable broth)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- ½ cup milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil (not needed if you steam/saute the onions)
- red pepper flake (optional if using hot paprika)
- 1 teaspoon paprika (sweet, smoky or hot as you like)
- In a large skillet or sauce pan, heat some olive oil with a pinch of red pepper flake and saute the onions until they begin to change color.
- Add the peas and broth. Season with salt, pepper and paprika.
- Cook until the peas are almost the way you like them.
- Mix the flour and milk together into a slurry and stir it into the vegetables.
- Continue to cook until the sauce thickens.
- Adjust the seasoning to suit.
As good as this was for breakfast, it would also be a great side for a family meal. I can imagine variations with carrots or potatoes and different seasonings. Or maybe it could be served as is over a puree of root vegetables instead of toast. A dairy free version would substitute vegetable broth for the milk. Whew! I’m getting excited over creamed peas, people! hahaha
How will you serve your borsofozelek?
Want to try another yummy Hungarian dish? Head over to see the recipe for Hungarian Style Potatoes. They’re like a cheesy scalloped potato. So good!
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