Erdélyi zsiványpecsenye (beef wrapped in bacon)

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Literally this translates as Transylvanian bandits' meat. A quick and easy dish which uses an expensive cut of beef.

Do not use thickly sliced bacon, it's nowhere near as good as nice thin crispy bacon.

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Erdélyi zsiványpecsenye (beef wrapped in bacon)
Erdélyi zsivánipecsenye; plated.
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:607
Ready in:28 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:18 minutes (see comments)
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:5th August 2013

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  1. Using a meat mallet, gently flatten the fillet steak slices.
  2. Sprinkle them with the paprika, salt and pepper on one side only.
  3. Roll the slices tightly, lengthways into 'sausages' and wrap them with the bacon slices.
  4. Melt the lard in a frying pan to a high temperature.
  5. Quickly seal the meat on all sides.
  6. Reduce heat, cover and cook at a very low temperature until the meat juices evaporate and the meat cooks in its own fat, by which time it should be properly cooked.

Serving suggestions

Serve with vegetables and small Potato dumplings.


You can use a cheaper cut of beef if you wish, but you will need to increase the cooking time.

I've made this a few times now with this slight variation: Fry off a chopped onion and then saute 5 cloves of crushed garlic. Proceed with the recipe as above - just before the end, add a small glass of red wine and reduce, then allow the meat to rest.

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