Reasons to Try Hungarian Food

Does anyone really need a reason to try Hungarian food? Well, if convincing is what you're after, consider this. Hungarian cuisine has been influenced by the French, Germans, Italians and Turks, not to mention the Poles, other Slavs, and Asians. The result is a rich blend of one-pot meals cooked for hours over open fires and pastries that would put Vienna to shame. Take your palate on a magic carpet ride with these 10 recipes from Hungary.

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    Kohlrabi Soup
    Kohlrabi Soup. © Roman Maerzinger / Getty Images

    Kohlrabi is the darling of the Eastern European vegetable garden. Ugly duckling though it might be and a cross between a cabbage and a turnip, kohlrabi keeps well over the long, cold European winters, and finds its way into many recipes. This creamy soup is kohlrabi elevated to a gift from the gods.

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    Hungarian Goulash
    Hungarian Goulash. © Paul Poplis / Getty Images

    Hungarian Beef Goulash or marha gulas is a one-pot wonder that frees you to go off and do other things while it bubbles away. It's perfect for a slow cooker and makes another great potluck dish.

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    Hungarian Sausage and Potatoes ("Rakott Burgonya"). © 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This hearty dish of Hungarian sausage, potatoes, and hard-cooked eggs or rakott burgonya can be served as a luncheon dish with a crisp, green salad, as a main course, or as an accompaniment. It makes a great potluck dish, too.

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    Hungarian Plum Dumplings
    Hungarian Plum Dumplings. © Maggiehc on Flickr.

    Hungarian plum dumplings known as szilvas gomboc can be eaten as  a dessert, a meatless main dish, or a side dish. Like Polish, Romanian and Croatian plum dumplings, the dough is made with mashed potatoes. This dough, however, is rolled with a pin, rather than forming the dumplings by hand.

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    Hungarian Chicken Paprikash
    Hungarian Chicken Paprikash. © Philip Wilkins / Getty Images

    Hungarian Chicken Paprikash or Csirke Paprikas is the perfect excuse to eat carbs. The sour cream-rich meal wouldn't be the same without some type of noodle or dumpling. This one-pot dish is another candidate for the slow cooker and potlucks.

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    Stuffed Peppers Before Cooking
    Stuffed Peppers Before Cooking. © Ladida / Getty Images

    Hungarian Stuffed Peppers or Toltott Paprika cook up moist in a slow cooker but do just as well on the stovetop or in the oven. It's a great busy day meal.

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    Hungarian Palacsinta
    Hungarian Palascinta. © Gabor Izso / Getty Images

    Hungarian pancakes or Palacsinta can be made with or without sugar for sweet or savory fillings. These crepe-like, paper-thin pancakes make a great base for creamed meats, seafood and vegetables, and fruits, custards, and mousses.

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    Hungarian Goulash Soup or Gulyas Leves
    Hungarian Goulash Soup or Gulyas Leves. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course with rye bread. This soup benefits from a long, slow cook and is actually a goulash, which is a stew, to which more liquid has been added.

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    Hungarian Stacked Pancakes - Rakott Palacsinta

    Hungarian Stacked Pancakes ("Rakott Palacsinta"). © Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Hungarian stacked pancakes or Rakott Palacsinta are a delightful change from the mundane. They're filled with fruit fillings, custards, flavored cream cheeses, sweetened nuts or whatever you like best.

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    Hungarian Sweet Cabbage Strudel

    Hungarian Sweet Cabbage Strudel (Poor Man's Apple Strudel). © 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This poor man's strudel, made with cabbage instead of apples, is an unexpected delight. When the cabbage is sautéed and combined with sugar and raisins, you'd never know there are no apples in it at all.