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Hungarian Bean Soup Perfect for Ham Leftovers

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Hungarian Bean Soup or Bab Leves
Hungarian Bean Soup or Bab Leves
Barbara Rolek
Many of us will be munching on leftover Easter hamsandwiches for awhile, but what else can you do with it? This Hungarian Bean Soup recipe or bab leves (bawb LEH-vesh) is the perfect candidate for a meaty ham bone and leftover drippings from the roasting pan. In fact, ham stock is what gives it such a wonderful flavor. You can make your own by adding water to ham drippings or use purchased reconstituted ham base.

It's not a bad idea to save the cooking water from a smoked pork butt and freeze it for just such an occasion. There's nothing like smoky-flavored stock to enhance a soup.

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Trappist Cheese at Home in Hungarian Ham Crescents Recipe

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Are you familiar with Trappist cheese, also known as monastery-style cheese? It's a semi-hard cow's milk cheese that slices easily and melts well, and is one of the most popular cheeses in Hungary. If you can't find Trappist cheese, substitute Edam or Port-Salut in this Hungarian Ham Crescents Recipe - sonks kifli.
Hungarian Ham Crescents or Sonks Kifli
Hungarian Ham Crescents or Sonks Kifli
2011 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.


This recipe is a perfect candidate for the soon-to-come leftover Easter ham. Here are more leftover ham recipes.

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Eastern European Leftover Turkey Recipes

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Who isn't looking for a new way to use leftover turkey? Well, this list of Eastern European Leftover Turkey Recipes should shake things up a bit.

Turkey Torte
Turkey Torte
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Tetrazzini, sandwiches and croquettes be gone! Enter Hungarian Pumpkin-Turkey Goulash, Polish Hunter's Stew, Croatian Turkey Lasagna, Bosnia Turkey Pot Pie and more. There are also links to international recipes for using leftover turkey. Gobble it up while you can.

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Leftover Easter Egg Recipes

Monday April 21, 2014
Creamed Eggs and Asparagus
Creamed Eggs and Asparagus
2010 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
So you colored eggs with impunity this Easter, eh? Well, never fear, no more stuffing them in kids' lunchboxes and hiding them in your spouse's coat pockets. These recipes will do you proud and you'd never know the eggs weren't purposely cooked just for these dishes! There are even two delicious cookie recipes that make use of hard-cooked egg yolks. Enjoy! Sign up for the Eastern European Food newsletter
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