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Author: Eva

liver

Hungarian Braised Liver and Onions – Resztelt máj

Liver is nutritious and can be very tasty too, here is a quick way to serve it. The slightly caramellised soft onions give their own texture and sweetness to the earthy rich liver. It is spiced subtly with a ripe tomato, paprika powder and a…
hungarian bean soup

Hungarian Style Bean Soup – Magyaros Bableves

I call this soup Hungarian style as it is packing in the flavours but really is a quick and convenient version of the traditional and heavier bean soup made with smoked meats and the freshly made pasta “csipetke”. This vesion is completely meat free, made…
potato rosti recipe

Potato Rosti – Tócsni, lapcsánka, matutka, görhöny

A dish with a thousand names in Hungarian, depending on region, known to bring friendly conversation to a halt where the participants just look at each other try not to smile at the other’s name, establish that they mean the same thing, then carry on…
paradicsomos-husgomboc

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce – Paradicsomos Húsgombóc

Can’t go wrong with this crowd pleaser be it a family meal, weekday dinner. The ground meat is mixed with rice and binded with an egg like in quite a few of other Hungarian dishes. The tomato sauce could be made many different ways, from…

Sweet Jam Filled Buns – Lekváros bukta

These soft and light jam filled buns are often served as a second course after a soup lunch. Any leftovers would be nice for breakfast with tea or coffee.   I found some “plum butter” in the supermarket, which gave me the idea to have a go…
rakott karfiol layered cauliflower

Hungarian Layered Cauliflower – Rakott Karfiol

This is one of the layered vegetable dishes, a good way to use a head or two of cauliflowers and turn them into a tasty family dinner. I used minced beef but can use pork, turkey or even chicken.
poppy seed apricot dumplings

Poppy-seed Apricot Dumplings – Mákos Barackos Gombóc

One of the highlights of  summer is when the golden deep yellow apricots come into season. Hungary is blessed with a wonderful climate for this fruit. My family used to have a big apricot orchard and  I never got tired picking the fruit there.  Jam…
sweet poppy seed pasta

Poppy-seed Pasta – Mákos Tészta

Poppy seed is widely used for a variety of sweet cakes and bakes in Hungary and this dish can’t be more simple to assemble.  All we need is some tagliatelle or wide strip pasta, poppy-seeds and sugar.  The only fiddly bit that the poppy-seeds must…
tokfozelek

Vegetable Marrow Stew with Dill – Tökfőzelék

The creamy vegetable marrow stew is best paired with the obligatory bunch of finely chopped dill, they are really well matched. Nearly always served with a splash or two of vinegar that nicely balances out the sourcream, making it into a refreshing summer dish. Served…
zöldborsófőzelék recept

Hungarian Green Pea Stew – Zöldborsófőzelék

An easy-peasy healthy little dish, very popular as an everyday main course that only takes a few minutes to prepare. Makes a nourishing vegetarian meal on its own, goes well with fried or boiled eggs, or could be served with some meat like fasirozott, meat…
Hungarian liver dumpling broth

Hungarian Liver Dumpling Broth – Májgombóc leves

A lovely home-made vegetable broth with delicately spiced soft dumplings. Even those who are  not usually a fan of  liver may find this pleasing, kids usually love it too. A great traditional Hungarian starter. I have fond memories about this dish with grandmothers, summer holidays…
Hungarian apple slice cake

Apple slices – Almás pite

Simple and delicious little cakes with the winning combination of crumbly pastry, apples fused with cinamon and vanilla, perfect with a cup of coffee. Sprinkle some roughly chopped walnuts in the filling to make it even better .

Hungarian Egg Dumplings – Tojásos nokedli

A nice spring summer dish, light and fluffy dumplings with creamy egg.  The variations are endless and you can add your own extras to it. Sprinkle with chopped parsley or serve with some smokey fried bacon scattered on top. Another variation might be to add…
brassoi-apropecsenye

Roast a la Brasov – Brassói Aprópecsenye

A filling meat and potato dish. A few variations are popular, but it is more than often made with diced pork, onions and generous serving of chopped garlic cooked with a few streaks of smokey bacon and mixed with diced potatoes.  The potatoes supposed to…
Hungarian Quark Cheese Noodles

Hungarian Quark Cheese Noodles – Túrós tészta

Hungarian quark cheese noodles, “túrós tészta” is a firm favourite with the entire population of Hungary. It’s not exactly a diet food but so easy to make and utterly delicious for an ocassional indulgence. Often served as a second course after hearty soups like goulash.…
wild garlic soup

Creamy Wild Garlic Soup

There is just something right about the way you can find things on Nature’s tray in abundance and turn them into the most delicious nutritious food.  Organic, local, plentyful and free. Wild garlic (or bear garlic) can be found in shady European woodlands or riverbanks…
Wild rabbit in red wine with prunes

Wild Rabbit Braised in Red Wine, Herbs & Prunes

I had the good fortune to try this dish a few years back in Hungary at a Christening celebration only that it was made with wild boar. It was so delicious I decided this was my favourite game recipes to make next. Wild bore is…
Hungarian Bread Dumpling

Hungarian Bread Dumplings

Hungarians usually serve these tasty dumplings to accompany meat ragouts/stews especially rabbit and various game. They are not difficult to prepare and make an excellent alternative to potatoes or rice.
Lentil salad

New Years Eve Lentil Salad

New Years Eve is fast approaching when lentils are a popular choice on the menu as it would bring wealth and money according to one of the many traditional beliefs. This is a lighter lentil based party salad with cooked carrots, speckled with cheese cubes,…