Just like for every holiday, Hungarians have their distinct dishes for New Year’s Eve as well. Some of them are absolutely delicious, however, others are rather questionable. In this article, you can learn about the most typical New Year’s Eve dishes you can find in Hungary.
As our New Year’s Eve 2020 article shows, Hungarians can be highly superstitious beings. New Year’s Eve’s dishes and activities are no exception. Some dishes are eaten on 31 December and/or 1 January to keep away bad luck and attract wealth and health.
Now, let’s get to the actual dishes and how to make them!
The egg is actually called casino egg in Hungary, and the creamy salad has many more names in other countries. Here is how you can make both the eggs and the salad. You can find the original recipe here by Hungarian Tidbits.
For the egg:
For the salad:
For the dressing:
For the egg yolk filling:
This light serving is the perfect appetiser before any dish. However, it is also a dish on its own (or with francia saláta!) in Hungary for New Year’s Eve. Here is how to make it (the original recipe belongs to Poomy Thomas from Allrecipes):
Take a medium bowl and mix the cream cheese, sour cream, horseradish, and onions in it. Spread this mixture onto the slices of ham. Tightly roll up the slices, and put toothpicks in them to secure them. You are done!
One of my personal favourite New Year’s Eve “snacks”. Not too healthy (just like most snacks), but extremely delicious. Also, they can be made pretty easily. Check out how (original recipe by EatSmarter!).
As mentioned above, Hungarians can be pretty superstitious. This especially shows on New Year’s Eve/on the first day of the year. On January 1st, many of us eat lentil soup or stew because the small pieces of lentils symbolise money and wealth. Many Hungarians believe that if you eat lentils on January 1st, you will attract wealth during the year. Let’s not take risks: make some lentil soup this coming January! The original recipe is by Bob Cody at Allrecipes.
Source: Hungarian Tidbits, Allrecipes, SegitunkFozni.hu on Youtube