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

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 publications.

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 occasionally.

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