Top 17 traditional Christmas dishes in Hungary – and their meaning

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From lecsó to gelatin

Did we know which are the most characteristic and what is the meaning of the traditional Christmas dishes in our country? From fish soup to poppy seed soup to bishop’s bread, our favorites are not only delicious, but also have special holiday significance.

In our country, the holiday is unthinkable without at least a Hungarian Christmas plate or cake on the table!

Hungarians celebrate in a special way, and already on December 24, Christmas Eve, the festive table is laid around.

We eat food that is considered unique in the world, and also has its own meaning. Let’s see!

In the first and second parts of our article, we reviewed the first 11. Let’s look at the rest.


12. Lecsó

The traditional Hungarian lecsó is a comforting and warming stew made with salami, bacon, tomatoes and paprika.

Paprika gives food its bright red color. While lecho can only be eaten with a spoon, it can also make a fantastic side dish for meats.

For a healthy Christmas meal, it is served with roast pork or grilled lamb.

13. Székely goulash

Our signature dish is also popular, the székely gulyás. It is traditionally served at Christmas, but it is not only made during the holidays.

Hearty Hungarian food, which is a real pleasure for the taste buds.

It is made with sauerkraut, bacon, pork, onions and bell peppers, and of course it is seasoned with paprika, bay leaves and cumin seeds.

When serving, it is worth sprinkling the top with a little sour cream – heavenly!

14. Catfish paprika

Among the fish dishes, the very tasty Hungarian catfish paprika stands out – rich and tasty catfish in a paprika ragout.

This type of goulash is traditionally eaten with curd chusza dough.

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15. Bread of the Bishop

Bishop’s bread is also a decadent, traditional Hungarian dessert that has no equal!

Moist Christmas cake filled with chocolate, nuts and dried fruit. It has many flavors and textures mixed into it.

A special advantage is that it does not require professional baking skills – it can be prepared less than an hour before the arrival of the host of guests.

16. Piped cake

This traditional Hungarian cake is as delicious as it is charming. Their dough is made in the shape of a trumpet, then they are rolled in cinnamon sugar, and despite their simplicity, they are very tempting!

In addition, today there are many flavor options, depending on the demand.

17. Jelly

Although meat jelly may not appeal to some, this traditional Hungarian dish, enjoyed at Christmas, is worth a try.

Jelly is exactly what it sounds like: meat turned into jelly.

It takes days to make, so if you want it ready for the holidays, you need to plan carefully in advance – on the other hand, the process is long and requires minimal effort from the maker.

Not everyone likes it, but those who do look forward to Christmas just because of the jelly!

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