Kosher Hungarian Food
I have yet to meet a Hungarian Jew who doesn't have a great appreciation for good food. What kosher Hungarian food lacks in sophistication, it makes up for in passion.
In her book That Hungarian's in my Kitchen, Linda Radke shares her Hungarian Jewish Gramma's recipe for parve Apple Strudel. No one makes strudel like Hungarians!
My parents were born in Hungary before World War II, and they both remember loving this Cabbage and Noodles dish as children. When they immigrated to Israel as teens, after surviving the horrors of the Holocaust, they brought memories of this dish with them. In time they began to make it in their Israeli home and serve it to their Israeli children. By the time I was born, this dish was a well-established staple in our Hungarian-flavored, Israeli home.
In her book That Hungarian's in my Kitchen, Linda Radke provides this recipe for homemade Gefilte Fish. Gefilte Fish is traditionally eaten as a Jewish Sabbath or holiday meal appetizer. Serve these fish balls on a piece of lettuce with a side of horseradish sauce.
In her book That Hungarian's in my Kitchen, Linda Radke shares her Hungarian Jewish Gramma's recipe for Hungarian Goulash. With beef, carrots and potatoes, this traditional stew makes a hearty meal-in-one.
This Hungarian Potato Casserole was served about once a week during my childhood. My father, an Auschwitz survivor who grew up in Hungary, loves potatoes. And this is a very economical dish as it consists primarily of potatoes, onions and sour cream. After a long break I recently started to make it in my own home, and my kids went crazy loving it.
Noodli, also known as Hungarian Potato Noodles, was my favorite dish as a child. Today I make them with my children. My family likes to eat Noodli in the winter at the Sabbath lunch meal.
My Hungarian father makes this special Sweet and Sour Lettuce Salad, and my pickle-loving daughter gobbles it up. It is gentler than sauerkraut, but also dresses up meat sandwiches or makes a flavorful side dish.
If you have any Hungarian Jewish ancestors, then Linda F. Radke's That Hungarian's in my Kitchen cookbook can help you to get reacquainted with the aromas they enjoyed in their homes. While your grandmother may no longer be able to show you how to make chremslach, cremzle, and csirkes paprikas, this book of 125 Kosher Hungarian/American recipes can.