Generations of chilly shepherds can't be wrong...

Chef John's Beef Goulash
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Porkolt (Hungarian Stew Made with Pork) — 4.5 rating, 51 reviews

Hungarian food was created for shepherds. It cooked all day in a pot while they herded the animals—they needed big-time fuel after work was done. All day cooking=hearty goodness.

a rich-looking brown stew on wide egg noodles topped with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with chives
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Chicken Paprikash — 4.48 rating, 191 reviews

Chicken Paprikash
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Blazing Brisket — 4.31 rating, 13 reviews

Blazing Brisket
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Real Hungarian Goulash (No Tomato Paste Here) — 4.58 rating, 12 reviews

Goulash—another slow-cooked stew—is Hungary's national dish. As you can tell from this recipe title, the exact way to make goulash is a matter of heated (ha!) debate. But the basic idea of "cook a ton of beef for awhile and spoon it over noodles" is pretty hard to mess up.

Real Hungarian Goulash
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Chef John's Beef Goulash — 4.59 rating, 121 reviews

Chef John's Beef Goulash
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Country Goulash — 5 rating, 2 reviews

Country Goulash
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Hungarian Mushroom Soup — 4.72 rating, 1316 reviews

Hungary's climate is similar to that of New England's, with temperatures usually dropping below freezing in winter. Warming soups like this gorgeous mushroom soup are a mental health imperative.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup
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Lentil Soup — 4.59 rating, 303 reviews

Lentil Soup
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Kohlrabi and Egg Noodles — 4.15 rating, 13 reviews

Vegetarians can get a little of this action too. Sauteed vegetables served over egg noodles make a hearty meatless dish.

Kohlrabi and Egg Noodles
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Cabbage Balushka or Cabbage and Noodles — 4.56 rating, 45 reviews

Cabbage Balushka
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