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Hungarian Sole't - Cholent I (M, TNT)
Source: "Paprikash" T. Lapid
Serves: 8 or more

[Archivist's Note: we've also seen this dish spelled Schalet]

The Stew:
2-1/2 cups dry white beans, soaked overnight
1-1/4 cups barley
6 tbsp. oil, or veggie schmaltz
1 cup margarine
1 onion, big, cut into small pieces
1/2 pound smoked meat, or a piece of shpondra (250 grams)
bones (optional)
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. paprika
3-4 eggs, wash very well

The Kugel:
2 cups flour
2 tbsp. cornmeal
1 cup margarine, cut into small pieces
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. paprika
1/3 cup water
1 grated potato and 1 onion cut into very small pieces (optional)

First of all, boil in a lot of water the beans. When it boils, add 1 tsp baking soda, and continue to cook for a another 10 minutes.

At the same time, wash the barley and boil it too in a lot of water just for a minute. Drain both barley and beans, and wash well in running water. Put each in a bowl for further use.

In a frying pan warm up oil and margarine; fry onions until nice gold in color. Put in a big saucepan the meat, beans, barley. Add the onions and the fat in the frying pan, and on top put the eggs.

Add the salt, black pepper, and paprika. Cover with water until it just covers all. Put on the stove and bring to a boil. While waiting for it to boil, prepare the Kugel:

Put in a bowl, flour, cornmeal, mix. Add pieces of margarine, salt, pepper and paprika, and mix by hands until all is well blended. Make a big dumpling and put on top of all. Preheat oven on high. Transfer the Sole't into oven the minute it boils. Lower heat, and bake overnight, or 6-8 hours on low oven heat. If it needs more water, add only 1/3 cup each time. You can add more salt and pepper to your taste. Enjoy, and sleep well after it.

Poster's Notes:
The Hungarian sole't comes without potatoes, but with a lot of beans, barley, and of course with a piece of smoked meat, and paprika. To the sole't you add a kugel that is made with regular flour, cornmeal, and paprika that gives to it a nice orange color.

Posted by Rina Perry

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A