Surprise the family with a traditional Hungarian Christmas meal
I guess Hungarian people love to eat and the holidays aren’t exception either. Women usually start the preparation for the festive meal like 3-4days before it’s depend how big will be the celebration. Every family and every people have they own habit what they are usually making for the event. There is a plenty of variation what we can cook, we want to try new recipes or want to follow the traditional dishes. If you spend the holiday away from home you can surpirse your family or friends there with your amazing Hungarian meal. Now we will show the typical festive foods as like a main dish and desserts. Christmas celebrations in Hungary focus a lot on the culinary delights. Here are a few of the highlights.
Halászlé (Fish Soup)
As a relic of the earlier church tradition of fasting for Advent, it is still traditional for fish to be eaten by many Hungarians families on Christmas Eve. It is a hot, spicy paprika-based river fish soup, originating as a dish of Hungarian cusine, a bright-red hot soup prepared with generous amounts of hot paprika and carp or mixed river fish
Goose is quite popular in Hungary and many families will prepare the dish for Christmas dinner. Frequently it is stuffed with a mixture of apples and prunes or even sweet chestnuts. Usually it is cooking in the oven until the skin will be nice, gold and crispy. This is the best part of the food the crispy skin. It serves with braised red cabbage and potatoes.
Ham is likely to feature at one stage or another on the table during the Christmas season. It can be eaten cold, or roasted in the oven. In some rural villages of Hungary, pork butchering still takes place.
Beigli (Poppy Seed Roll)
Beigli is one of the most famous indulgences of Christmas in Hungary. This rich sweet bread is filled with either poppy seed (mákos) or walnut (diós) filling. There are many variations and even savoury alternatives, but these two are the most common. You can buy it in practically any shop or bakery but t is SO much better when made at home. You can try your hand, though this is probably not a pastry for the beginning baker. If you have some experience baking things at home, though, and you’re up for a Christmas challenge, you’ll be rewarded!
Vanillás Kifli (Crescent Cookies)
These cookies are shaped like crescents and are made from ground nuts with confectioners’ sugar sprinkled on top.
A traditional Hungarian candy that is often hung on the Christmas tree as decoration. It is made of fondant, covered by chocolate and wrapped in shiny colored foil. The tradition started in the 19th century. It was named Szaloncukor because the tree usually stood in the parlour, the most luxurious room in the houses of the nobility and middle-classes.
Mákos Guba Mézzel (Poppy Seed Bread Pudding with Honey)
A particular favourite around Christmas, this sweet dish contains bread, milk, honey, sugar, and poppy seeds. Originally, poppy seeds were used as a fertility charm to ensure a plentiful harvest in the coming year.