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The Best Traditional Hungarian Christmas Menu – with Recipes!

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.12.24.

Since we are approaching Christmas, we have collected our favorite recipes, as we all know that this time of the year in Hungary is not the same without the traditional festive menu. If you are stuck for menu inspiration, you need to look no further.

Although not as popular as it once was, if you want a traditional Hungarian Chirstmas dish, the unique wine soup still has a place on the dinner table today.  The recipe from our colleague Adrienn Vass with the beautiful photos by Péter Csákvári will help you make it:

Wine Soup: The Number One Christmas Dish of a Bygone Age - With Recipe!
Wine Soup: The Number One Christmas Dish of a Bygone Age - With Recipe!

Nowadays, very few people group wine soup with traditional Hungarian Christmas dishes, and a whole generation may have never even had it. However, before the trinity of fish soup, bejgli, and stuffed cabbage, which now dominates the tables during the holidays, wine soup was still the star of Hungarian Christmas. Translated by Fanni Kaszás From […]Continue reading

As fish is traditionally considered a Christian symbol as well as a fasting dish, fish soup is perhaps the most important dish of a Christmas dinner in Hungary. The recipe has many variations as every region in Hungary has its own style of fish soup. But you can’t go wrong with ours:

The Christmas Dish Dividing Hungary: Fisherman Soup - With Recipe!
The Christmas Dish Dividing Hungary: Fisherman Soup - With Recipe!

Fish soup is arguably the most controversial dish in Hungarian gastronomy, but it is also an important element of the Hungarian Christmas table. Basically, we define three main types of fish soup in Hungary: the Tisza, the Danube, and the Balaton-type fish soup. Among these, the fish soup of Szeged is the most famous within […]Continue reading

Another important dish is stuffed cabbage, which is not only a typical Hungarian Christmas recipe, but one of the most popular, beloved, classic Hungarian dishes here, as well as a constant offer of restaurants that cook typical homemade Hungarian foods. You can’t make a mistake with our stuffed cabbage recipe:

Stuffed Cabbage, the 'Grandmother' of Hungarian Cuisine - With Recipe!
Stuffed Cabbage, the 'Grandmother' of Hungarian Cuisine - With Recipe!

Stuffed cabbage is not only a typical Hungarian Christmas dish, but one of the most popular, beloved, classic Hungarian dishes of the country’s inhabitants, as well as a constant offer of restaurants cooking typical homemade Hungarian foods. Translated by Fanni Kaszás As the base of the dish is cabbage, Hungary’s oldest crop dating back almost […]Continue reading

In addition to small baked goods, there is always a main dessert at the end of the Christmas menu in Hungary. Probably the most popular Hungarian Christmas dessert is the beigli/bejgli, a pastry roll filled with poppy seeds or walnut. These two type of fillings, according to tradition, brings good luck and protection against unpleasant things. Here’s how to make this heavenly dessert:

What Do Hungarians Eat at Christmas? - with Bejgli Recipe!
What Do Hungarians Eat at Christmas? - with Bejgli Recipe!

In Hungary, people usually start the Christmas celebrations and feasts with their families on December 24th, Christmas Eve. In most households in the country, one can find at least one traditional Christmas food on the table with old, peasant, superstitious roots: back in the day, foods prepared with poppy, peas, beans, and apples meant prosperity, […]Continue reading

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