Authentic Hungarian Recipes
The Republic of Hungary is a landlocked country, located in central Europe. The region has been occupied since ancient times, including a Celtic period (from about 450 BCE) and a Roman period (from 9 BCE until the 4th century), but the state traces its roots to the Kingdom of Hungary which was established by Magyar kings in the 9th and 10th centuries. The Kingdom of Hungary then continued to exist for more than nine hundred years with only brief interruptions (although much of its territory was occupied by the Ottoman Turks from 1526 to 1699). Following World War II, Hungary became a communist state, but with the end of Cold War, has been a parliamentary republic since 1989.
Today Hungary is a very popular tourist destination. The country is known for the beauty of its capital, Budapest, its culture, history, unique language, and its interesting cuisine. One particular ingredient which you will find in many Hungarian dishes, is paprika, and this adds an unusual taste to many dishes.
The most famous of Hungarian dishes is surely goulash (which is known in Hungary as “gulyás” or “gulyásleves”). If you have only ever previously eaten foreign adaptations of the dish you might be surprised at the Hungarian version. Hungarian goulash is prepared as a soup, using beef shoulder, shin or shank, together with other ingredients such as onions, potatoes, hot peppers and tomatoes, by slow cooking in a cauldron (“bográc”), and has a very definite taste of paprika. During the cooking process, the soup becomes very thick, which is probably why many people think of goulash as a stew.
Other Hungarian dishes that you may wish to try, include pörkölt, which is a kind of meat stew, pan-fried goose liver, and fish soup (“halászlé”). Additionally, there are many interesting Hungarian desserts too, such as pancakes (“palacsinta”), strudels (“rétes”), and of course, the famous Dobos Cake (“Dobosh Torte” or “Dobos Torte”), a five layered sponge cake that was invented by the Hungarian confectioner, József C. Dobos.