Hungarian Recipes

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Real Hungarian Goulash (No Tomato Paste Here)

Rating: 4.5 stars 75
It's hard to find a real Hungarian recipe for goulash. This is the real thing. Real goulash has no tomato paste or beans. Eat with a slice of rustic bread. Dip bread in sauce and clean the plate with the bread at the end. Can be eaten with spaetzle.

Chicken Paprikash II

Rating: 4.5 stars 268
Chicken pieces stewed in a sauce mixture including the traditional Hungarian ingredient - paprika - along with other spices and sour cream. This is our family recipe for Chicken Paprikash. Very good on cold days, and good served over dumplings.

Porkolt (Hungarian Stew) Made With Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 180
A flavorful stew, Pörkölt is redolent with the fragrance of paprika and bell peppers. It has few ingredients, and is surprisingly easy to make. Save time by using boneless pork chops and cubing them after they are browned. There should be enough salt in the canned tomatoes to season the stew, but if not, add more to your taste. Use best-quality, real Hungarian paprika for best results. We prefer to serve it with noodles, but galuska (Hungarian dumplings) or rice are good, too.

Hungarian Noodle Side Dish

Rating: 4 stars 73
This is a simple Hungarian dish. This recipe eases preparation by utilizing a slow cooker. Hope you all enjoy it!

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 2348
My family loves soup and this is one of their favorites. It has lots of flavor and is fairly quick to make. It's primarily a mushroom soup but derives a lot of its flavor from other ingredients.

Hungarian Beigli

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
This is a traditional walnut roll which is served in many Hungarian families at Christmas and Easter as a special treat. This recipe has been handed down in my family for generations. The preparation takes time, plus the dough needs an hour and 30 minutes of resting time, but the result is well worth the effort!

Hungarian Flourless Hazelnut Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 87
This cake was traditionally a birthday cake in my friend's home. Her mother is from Hungary and only has this recipe in her head! Now it will be preserved.... Note: hazelnuts may be toasted or untoasted. The skins may be removed or left on.

Chef John's Beef Goulash

Rating: 4.5 stars 490
This Hungarian-style goulash is a thick beef stew that is great served over buttered noodles and garnished with sour cream.

Hungarian Goulash I

Rating: 4.5 stars 445
A spicy way to dress up stew beef. My mom made this when we were kids, and we loved it. It is spicy while not mouth-burning! Can be made with cheaper cuts of beef, and comes out very tender. If it gets too thick, add a little water while it's cooking. Garnish with sour cream.

Hungarian Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 106
Great salad to make when you have a ton of cucumbers coming out of the garden. We make this year round but we are real cuke lovers in this family. Let it sit for a few days in the fridge and it's even better! Great make-ahead dish for BBQs and parties.

Chef John's Chicken Paprikash

Rating: 5 stars 48
After many, many requests, I'm excited to be sharing what is my second favorite Hungarian dish of all time. I really love making anything Hungarian, since the recipes tend to be simple and easy to make, as well as comforting and delicious, and the names are never not fun to say. Top with extra sour cream and freshly sliced chives on top.

Dobos Torte

Rating: 4.5 stars 31
The word 'dobos' means 'like a drum' in Hungarian. However, this cake is named after its creator, Hungarian pastry chef Josef Dobos.

Inspiration and Ideas

Authentic Hungarian Goulash
Rating: Unrated 60
This recipe was given to me by my sister, who got it from a lady visiting from Hungary in 1961.
Hungarian Potato and Sausage Soup
Rating: Unrated 73
When the going gets tough, the tough make soup! There are certain recipes that comfort the body and soul in a profound way and this hearty potato and sausage soup is in that class. I think you'll agree it's one of the best things you've had in a long time. The savory flavor from smoked sausage and the earthy sweetness from onions and cabbage are balanced perfectly with a splash of vinegar and a bit of sour cream, all brought together by soft and tender potatoes--the only way this gets better is serving it with a nice hunk of buttered, crusty bread.
Cabbage Balushka or Cabbage and Noodles
Rating: 4.5 stars 127

This Hungarian favorite is cabbage, onions, and egg noodles cooked in butter. Salt and pepper to taste. So easy, so good.