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Rustic Hungarian Potatoes: Tócsi

Rustic Hungarian Potatoes: Tócsi

Tocsi Rustic Hungarian Potatoes

Learn how to make tócsi, a fast, simple and deliciously crispy potato recipe hailing from the Hungarian countryside.

Tócsi (pronunciation) is a dish in Hungary which is called in many ways depending on the region. Wikipedia mentions 35 different names and most probably it will cause a debate among people who come from different parts of the country which name is the original. It is a dish a bit like rösti but not really the same. It is made from raw grated potatoes, flour, salt and garlic, some people add some eggs or milk as well, but it is not necessary. It is not difficult to prepare at all and these are the ingredients that you always find in your pantry. It is simple but great. Why it popped into my mind right now? The reason is the garden.

Fast and simple from a Hungarian countryside kitchen

I just moved back to my home country 6 months ago from the beautiful sunny Spain and I settled down  in a village in northwestern Hungary where my grandmother was born and grown up. We have to bring new life into an abandoned little cottage and the surrounding garden with 18 fruit trees.

I am still amazed by the beauty of the countryside, especially now, in spring. Maybe many of you are lucky enough to enjoy it every year but for me being so close to the nature after 15 years living in big cities it is like a miracle. Early in the morning it is still chilly, I would say cold because I can see my breath. I would love to sit down on the stairs under the cherry tree with my morning coffee but I keep back myself, I still need to wait a few months more. The mountains of Bakony are covered partly by layers of fog and horses are not left out yet to the hills in front of our garden. Nature changes day by day, I discover a new flower or another tree just about to bloom.

a delicious potato recipe from a Hungarian countryside kitchen

We stop for a chat with our neighbor, Tibor, who asks us whether we would like to have some canna plants which are high plants with beautiful red-orange flowers. They have more than they need and they would give us a bunch of them. In our village- he tells- it is a tradition that if you have some extra plants that you don’t need you only put it in front of your house and the ones who need them can take them. First of course they wanted to ask us. As living in cites for a long time I am not used to this friendly kindness, the natural gesture of giving, the old instinct of “I have enough, I will give you as well”. I am thinking of my Swabian grandmother who was born and grown up in this village and whose tulips and rosemary are decorating gardens of many friends and people who she knew. We will plant the cannas in front of a wall to hide it, it will be like a fence.

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Obviously I don’t feel like staying inside the house even not in the kitchen. So that is why tócsi pops up into my mind. Mami, my Swabian grandmother made it often, that is why I thought it is a Swabian speciality but later realized that is known all over Hungary and nobody knows its real origin. My grandmother grated the potatoes fine, I prefer it a little bit more roughly and fry it until it is crunchy. I already peeled the potatoes, I only need to grate them so I go over to my other neighbor, Ani to buy some farm sour cream. I only need a small jar for the two of us. I ask what I need to pay, but Ani shakes her head. “Nothing really! Just make a good tócsi!”


Step-by-Step Guide to Making Hungarian Potatoes – Tócsi


Preparation:


  • Prep Ingredients:

    • Wash, peel and grate the potatoes.
    • Peel the garlic cloves.

Cooking Process:


1. Prepare Potato Mixture:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes.
  • Press the garlic cloves (using a garlic press or finely mincing them) and add them to the potatoes.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and salt. Stir everything together until well combined, ensuring the mixture is even.

2. Heat Oil for Frying:

  • Pour sunflower oil into a frying pan, ensuring there’s enough to shallow fry the potato patties.
  • Heat the oil over medium heat until it’s hot enough for frying. You can test its readiness by dropping a small bit of the potato mixture into the oil; it should sizzle upon contact.

3. Shape and Fry the Potato Patties:

  • Using a spoon, scoop out portions of the potato mixture and carefully drop them into the hot oil.
  • Gently press down on each scoop to flatten it slightly, forming a patty shape.
  • Fry each patty until it’s golden brown on one side, then flip and fry the other side. Ensure both sides are evenly browned and crispy.

4. Drain Excess Oil:

  • Place a few layers of kitchen towels on a plate.
  • As each patty finishes frying, transfer it to the plate with kitchen towels. This will help absorb any excess oil, ensuring your Tócsi isn’t overly greasy.

5. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Serve the Tócsi while still warm.
  • For an added touch of flavor and creaminess, accompany them with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt. If desired, enhance the dip with some extra pressed garlic or sprinkle with chopped chives.

Tip:


Tócsi is best enjoyed freshly made, ensuring its outer layer remains crisp and the inside soft and flavorful.


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Tocsi Rustic Hungarian Potatoes

Rustic Hungarian Potatoes: Tócsi


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  • Author: Judit Neubauer
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 portions 1x

Description

Learn how to make tócsi, a fast, simple and delicious potato recipe from the Hungarian countryside.


Ingredients

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  • 1.3 pounds potatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 pinches of salt
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • sunflower oil for frying

Instructions

Preparation:

  • Prep Ingredients:
    • Wash, peel and grate the potatoes.
    • Peel the garlic cloves.

Cooking Process:

1. Prepare Potato Mixture:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes.
  • Press the garlic cloves (using a garlic press or finely mincing them) and add them to the potatoes.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and salt. Stir everything together until well combined, ensuring the mixture is even.

2. Heat Oil for Frying:

  • Pour sunflower oil into a frying pan, ensuring there’s enough to shallow fry the potato patties.
  • Heat the oil over medium heat until it’s hot enough for frying. You can test its readiness by dropping a small bit of the potato mixture into the oil; it should sizzle upon contact.

3. Shape and Fry the Potato Patties:

  • Using a spoon, scoop out portions of the potato mixture and carefully drop them into the hot oil.
  • Gently press down on each scoop to flatten it slightly, forming a patty shape.
  • Fry each patty until it’s golden brown on one side, then flip and fry the other side. Ensure both sides are evenly browned and crispy.

4. Drain Excess Oil:

  • Place a few layers of kitchen towels on a plate.
  • As each patty finishes frying, transfer it to the plate with kitchen towels. This will help absorb any excess oil, ensuring your Tócsi isn’t overly greasy.

5. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Serve the Tócsi while still warm.
  • For an added touch of flavor and creaminess, accompany them with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt. If desired, enhance the dip with some extra pressed garlic or sprinkle with chopped chives.

 

Notes

Tip: Tócsi is best enjoyed freshly made, ensuring its outer layer remains crisp and the inside soft and flavorful.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Hungarian

Fast and simple from a Hungarian countryside kitchen

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