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Subject: REQ Potato Salad with Hungarian Pepper Rings, from 'Ideals'


From: AthenryYank <AthenryYank[at]>
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2003 14:31:52 -0000
I have misplaced a favorite family recipe, which was
copied from an 'Ideals' publication, from the mid-1970's,
I think. It was a paperbound book, with a title like
"Favorite Recipes from Ideals', or something along those
lines.  It was a collection of general recipes, not a holiday
collection, nor a particular cuisine. Ideals published a
magazine, popular in the 50's, 60's and 70's, which
celebrated old-fashioned family values with poetry and
rather romanticized, glowing color photos of rural
American life, which was quickly disappearing.  They
often included favorite recipes, and these were collected
from time to time, in magazine format paperback

The recipe is for 'Hungarian Potato Salad'.  I have
searched many times under 'Hungarian Potato Salads',
with no real luck.  Perhaps it is not really a Hungarian
recipe, but that is what they called it. It included thinly
sliced potatoes, with mild onion, sliced thinly, and
thin-sliced 'rings' of Hungarian green peppers (the
long-bodied, mild peppers with rather thin walls.) The
ample dressing was olive oil and vinegar (either red wine
vinegar, or white wine vinegar,) with a bit of sugar, quite
mild, as I remember. It was a simple recipe, overall, but
developed a rich flavor when refrigerated for several hours.

I'd really love to find a copy of this recipe, or something
similar!  Can anyone help?


From: RoboCheese <RoboCheese >
Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 17:43:51 -0800
 Don't have an exact recipe for this, but I remember having it many times.

 Essentially, you boil potatoes and slice them 1/8th inch thick. Boil them
a bit on the hard side. Do not make mush.

 Slice the peppers, and the red or yellow onions. Add all of it to a bowl
and make a mixture of water, vinegar, sugar and salt until you like the
taste. Make enough to cover the stuff.

 Pour it on. Let it set for at least an hour. That's it. It is not any more
complicated than this. While there are recipes that take it further, this
is at its simplest. 

 You may search for German Potato Salad recipes and their variations as
well. But in Hungary, the pristine stuff rules.


From: Lamb Chop <r_puckett[at]>
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 17:38:57 -0800
Hungarian Potato Salad

Source of Recipe

Old Hungarian CookBook

List of Ingredients

6 medium-size (about 2 pounds) potatoes
1 large onion
1 green pepper
Oil-Vinegar Marinade (double recipe to follow)


Wash, cook 20 to 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender when pierced with
a fork.

Drain potatoes. To dry potatoes, shake pan over low heat. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, thinly slice and separate the onion into rings. Peel potaotes and
cut into 1/4 inch slices.

Arrange potaotes and onion rings alternately in a large, shallow dish and
add oil-vinegar marinade.

Chill at least 1 hour. in refrigerator, carefully turning vegetables

Shortly before serving the salad, rinse and remove the stem end of 1 green
pepper. Remove all white fiber and seeds for the pepper; rinse the cavity.
Cut green pepper crosswise into 1/8 in. rings and set aside.

Pour the marinade off the potatoes and onions before serving. Garnish top of
the salad with the green pepper rings. Serves aprox. 6

Oil-Vinegar Marinade

Put in a small scew-top jar
1/2 c. vinegar
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp course ground pepper
Cover tightly and shake jar until ingredients are well blended.
If marinade is not used immediately, store in refrigerator and beat or shake
thoroughly before using. About 2/3 cup

This came over with my late husband from Hungry. Enjoy


From: AthenryYank <AthenryYank[at]>
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2003 02:41:55 -0000
Lamb Chop wrote:
> Source of Recipe
> Old Hungarian CookBook

That is the one I have been seeking! (Different book, but the details seem
to 'click' with what I remember.
Many thanks for taking the time to dig this out and post it here.  It is a
simple recipe, but it is SO GOOD!

Paul in Galway

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