For this month’s #Food of the World event, we are visiting Hungary. I have heard a lot of Hungarian food, but never really tasted or made it myself. Like most other European countries, traditional Hungarian dishes are primarily based on meats, seasonal vegetables, bread, dairy products and cheese.
Hungarians are especially passionate about their meat stews, casseroles, steaks and so on. Hungarian Goulash is very popular and I’ve seen it being made on TV many times and in fact a vegetarian version of it was my first choice to make for today. Goulash is a stew or a soup made with meat, paprika, caraway, vegetables and potatoes or various tiny dumplings or pasta simmered with the meat.
Other famous Hungarian stews include paprikas (a paprika stew simmered in thick creamy paprika gray) and porhoit and so on. Different kinds of noodles and dumplings, potatoes and rice are commonly served as side dishes.
Hungarian food is quite spicy with the use of hot paprika. Sweet or mild paprika is also common. Paprika is a spice made with air dried fruits of the chili pepper family. It is used widely in many Hungarian dishes.
After looking through many recipes, I finally made this Vegetable Paprikash recipe from Gourmandelle. It is basically a spicy veggie stew with eggy dumplings. Some of my dumplings fell apart while cooking but they tasted pretty good in the stew.