Hungarian Food

Everyone knows Hungarian Goulash (Gulyas) but Hungarian food is much more than that.  Traditional Hungarian dishes are primarily based on meats, seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh bread, dairy products and cheeses.

Hungarian cooking features stews, roasted pork, breads, pastries, beef, poultry, lamb, and game, as well as paprika and pepper. The mixing of different varieties of meats is a traditional feature of Hungarian cuisine.

Goulash (gulyas) is a soup-like stew using meat with bones, paprika, caraway, vegetables (typically carrots and parsley root), other spices, and potatoes or various tiny dumplings or pasta (such as csipetke) simmered with the meat.

Did you know…  The word gulya means ‘herd’ in Hungarian, and gulyás means ‘herdsman’?

Hungarian Gulyas (Goulash) – all you wanted to know

Tom Ratoni-Nagy tells about traditional Hungarian Gulyas (Goulash) at the annual Goulash-Gulyas Cook-off.

Blood Sausage, Head Cheese, Klobasa and Mangalitsa Pig Meat

Tom Ratoni-Nagy tells about traditional Mangalitsa Pigs and Hungarian meats – Hungarian Pork, Blood Sausage, Head Cheese, Klobasa – at the annual Goulash-Gulyas Cookoff for the Hungarian Cultural Garden.


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Hungarian Scout Festival Food

Ohio’s largest Hungarian festival returned on September 5, 2021 at the German Central Park in Parma, Ohio. The kitchens served Hungarian delicacies such as stuffed cabbage, fresh sausages, grilled pork steak, chicken paprikas with dumplings, jam filled crepes, and “lángos” (fried dough). The Café Budapest featured scrumptious tortes, pastries, and espresso coffee. Strudel and fresh baked bread were also on the menu.

The lines snaked around in front of the counters serving Hungarian delicacies and fresh baked goods. The numbers speak for themselves:

  • 2,800 participants
  • nearly 1600 fried dough, elephant ears
  • 500+ grilled pork steaks
  • 1500 pieces of stuffed cabbage rolls
  • nearly 500 pounds of chicken paprikash
  • nearly 500 pieces of debreceni sausage
  • 225 pounds of fresh grilled sausage
  • 26 barrels of beer
  • 18 gallons of ice cream
  • 650 crepes
  • 750+ slices of dobos and walnut cake
  • 650 napoleons
  • 26 strips of strudel
  • 600 bacon biscuits

Hungry yet? See more from the 65th annual Hungarian Scouts Festival in Cleveland.