Fasirt (Hungarian Meat Patties)

mami kerekenHello Everyone!fasirt rizibizi 2

Today I’m sharing with you another recipe that originated as a peasant dish, however today it’s served in every single household and all gourmet and regular restaurants.  Your family will take just one bite and fall in love for good.  It’s called Fasirt in Hungarian, which is a sort of meat patty.

You may serve it with any of your favorite side dishes, such as boiled potatoes, rice (including my Rizibizi, which is Hungarian Rice and Peas), fries, salads or in place of burger patties for a mouth-watering gourmet burger.


The traditional meat is ground pork, however you may use ground chicken, turkey, beef egg yolks.jpgand more exotic meats such as wild boar.red onion

INGREDIENTS for Fasirt (Meat Patties)

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of any bread soaked in water (squeeze out water before placing in meat)wine for ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepperred paprika bright.jpg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled, finely chopped or grated
  • 1/2 tsp smoked red paprika (optional)
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled, finely choppedsalt talban bright
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 500 grams of ground beef


Place everything in a large mixing bowl and mix together until everything is evenly incorporated.  Remember to mix in the bread very well as it should be invisible and you should not have large chunks of wet bread peaking out.

Form egg-sized balls and pat them flat in your palm to get a patty.  Place breadcrumbs on a flat plate, put patties in the bread crumbs and coat all over.  Heat oil and test it before placing patties in it to fry.  The best way to test the oil is to take a patty and dip it in the oil.  If it’s hot enough, it will start frying right away.  Turn patties every 2-3 minutes until you get a dark brown (but not burned) outer crust all over.repa.jpg

INGREDIENTS for RIZIBIZI (Hungarian Rice and Peas)

  • 2 cups of rice (I used minute rice but the traditional recipe calls for sticky rice)red bell pepper .jpg
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into small cubes peas green.pngor grated so you get strands of carrot
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cored and cut into small cubes
  • 3 small heads of mushroom (any type), peel off skin, remove stem and salt 3.pngslicebors bright.jpg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen green peaswhie onion.png
  • 2 tsps. of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt for cooking rice


Place oil in a skillet, turn on heat; add onion, carrots, mushroom, bell pepper, salt, black pepper and sauté for about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile cook rice in salted water until soft, best to use minute rice as it takes about 5 minutes after the water reaches the boiling point.

Drain rice; add to the sautéed vegetables, stir together,; adjust salt to taste.  Sauté for another 5 minutes; add peas and continue sautéing for another 5 minutes.

Serve Fasirt with Rizibizi – Bon Appetite!








Hungarian Bean Goulash Soup

mami kerekenHello Everyone!beansoup 1

Today I will share with you one of my favorites.  I can never actually make enough of it, even though this dish is best when warmed up several times.  It’s like wine 🙂 gets better with age.  rajz tehenkeBut I never have leftover 😦


  • 2 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cored, choppedzellergumo
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced (leave out if don’t like spicy)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes (or 1 large), chopped
  • 1 large slice of celery root, peeled, sliced
  • 1 large parsnip, peeled, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of freshly chopped, cilantro (+1 tbsp. for serving)
  • 1 tbsp. red paprika powderFresh carrots
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 500 grams of beef, cubed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp goulash paste (leave out red paprika brightif you can’t find any)
  • 2 cans of rinsed kidney or white beans (I like kidney beans)

Place oil, carrot, parsnip, celery root, garlic, onion, 1/4 cup of cilantro, green pepper and jalapeño into a large stockpot and sauté for 5 minutes while stirring from time to time.

gulyas pasteAdd goulash paste (seen on the left) red and smoked paprika, stir and add a cup of water.  Cook for 10-15 minutes.  Add beef, salt and cook for another 10-15 minutes.salt talban bright

Add 4 cups of water and cook for an hour.  Check tenderness of meat.  If meat is fork-tender; add rinsed beans and 2 cups of water.  Cook for 10 minutes.

Serve with crusty bread and by sparkling freshly chopped cilantro in each serving of Hungarian Bean Goulash Soup.



Just a note 😉 before I get any messages about the fact that Hungarians don’t usually use cilantro or jalapeño peppers.  I, because it’s my kitchen 🙂 substituted parsley with cilantro brightcilantro and chili pepper with jalapeno pepper.


Whenever you use canned products such as beans, peas, carrots, corn etc. always pour them into a colander and rinse well to remove access salt and preservatives.

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Hungarian Beef Goulash (Marhapörkölt)


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Today I will share with you another dish that is suitable for Sunday dinner or family celebrations, holidays. 

Hungarian Beef Goulash (Marhapörkölt) is a very traditional, rustic yet elegant dish. 

rajz tehenkeThe robust red wine is one of the main ingredients in this dish.  It brings out the deep, rustic flavors of the beef.  It is customary to serve with boiled potatoes, however nokedli (Hungarian Spetzle) is also hagymacskaacceptable and tasty. 


  • 1 large onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, choppedgarlic parsley
  • 5 slices of any green pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled, chopped
  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) beef cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup of dry red wine
  • 1 tbsp. red paprika powder
  • ½ tsp saltred paprika
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 slices of chili pepper or jalapeño (leave out if you don’t like spicy)   

Wine being poured from a bottleWash and cut your beef into small cubes.  Place olive oil into a large stockpot; add onion, tomatoes, green peppers and garlic.  Sauté for 2-3 minutes; remove from heat add red paprika and stir well; add 1 cup of water. 

Place back on burner; add salt, wine and meat.  Also add enough water to cover meat entirely. wine for sugar 1

Cook for 1 ½ hours; always add enough water to cover meat.  Remember to stir goulash to make sure that it does not stick to bottom. 

Check seasoning and meat for tenderness after 1 ½ hours.  Adjust salt to taste.  If meat is tender, cook until meat peaks through liquid.  red book with porkolt

Remember this is not a soup it is a main dish so it should not have too much liquid.  Serve with boiled cubed potatoes or nokedli.

Recipe is from Treasured Hungarian Family Recipes 1 by Helen M. Radics, which you may purchase at any of the following sites.