1. Gulyás (goulash)
Goulash is a soup or stew made of beef, potatoes and vegetables. The main seasoning in goulash is sweet paprika (also coming from Hungary) but other spices, like oregano, are used as well. It is a national dish and a symbol of the country. Get the recipe here.
2. Kolbice (grilled sausages in a cone-shaped bread)
Kolbice is a typical Hungarian street food- hungarian hot-dog. Homemade mini sausages (spicy Hungarian and Bavarian flavors) in a whole wheat bread cones filled with ketchup, mustard, or mayo and toppings of your choice: fresh sauerkraut, onion and cheddar sauce.
3. Lecsó (vegetable stew)
Lecso is a thick vegetable stew made with green and red peppers, tomato, onion, lard, salt, and ground sweet and/or hot paprika as a base recipe. It is also traditional food in Czech, Slovak and Croatian cuisine but it is also very common in Poland, Austria, and Israel. Get the recipe here.
4. Meggyleves (sour cherry soup)
Sour cherry soup is a slightly sweet soup made with sour cream, sugar and fresh sour cherries. It is served chilled and it is a summer delicacy in Hungary, as well as in other European countries. Get the recipe here.
5. Csöröge (crispy fritters)
Csöröge is a crispy, light, twisted thin fried dough made of yeast and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Get the recipe here.
6. Főzelék (thick vegetable stew)
Főzelék is a type of vegetable stew thickened with roux, or sour cream. It makes a special category in Hungarian cuisine- it is thicker than a soup but thinner than a stew. Great choice for vegetarians. Get the recipe here.
7. Lángos (fried dough)
Lángos is a Hungarian street food speciality- a deep fried flat bread. It is eaten warm, topped with sour cream and grated cheese, garlic or garlic butter. Get the recipe here.
8. Csirkepaprikás (chicken paprikash)
It is one of Hungary’s most recognizable dishes. Paprikás csirke is chicken in a creamy paprika sauce, accompanied by dumplings or pasta. It is usually served with sour cream. Get the recipe for this delicious meal here.
9. Halászlé (fisherman’s soup)
Halászlé or Fisherman’s soup is a hot, spicy river fish soup. The soup is prepared with generous amounts of hot paprika and it is one of the hottest (spicy hot) dishes in Hungary. Get the recipe here.
10 Kürtőskalács (chimney cake)
Kürtőskalács is popular chimney-like baked pastry made from sweet, yeast dough which is wrapped around a truncated cone–shaped baking spit. It is baked above charcoal cinders while smeared with melted butter.
11. Töltött Káposzta (stuffed cabbage)
Töltött Káposzta, stuffed cabbage, or a cabbage roll is a dish made of cooked (pickled) cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of meet fillings (beef, lamb or pork), combined with rice. It is very popular during winter season. Get the recipe here.
12. Kifli (crescent shaped bread)
Kifli is a traditional yeast roll made into a crescent shape. It is often eaten warm, for breakfast or dinner with butter, cheese, meat or jam. Kifli can look very similar to croissant but the difference is that Kifli is more dense. Get the recipe here.
13. Dobos torte (dobos cake)
Dobos torte is a sponge cake usually made of seven layers filled with chocolate buttercream and then topped with caramel and coated with hazelnuts, walnuts and almonds. It is named after its inventor, József C. Dobos and it is Hungarian traditional desert. Get the recipe here.