Hungarian Dinner

I hope you will enjoy this meal as much as we did with our 2009 Bull’s Blood Arpad Reserva.

As they say in Hungary Egészségére (cheers)













Hungarian-Style Roasted Chicken Thighs

This chicken recipe was inspired from one that I found in my Hungarian cookbook - given to me by our good friend Gabor. The original recipe was for a whole roasted chicken wrapped with bacon and stuffed with marjoram, scallions, and butter in the cavity of the chicken.  I wanted to make it simpler so that if you were coming home late and didn’t want to wait for a whole chicken to cook it would be a quick dinner.

Serves 6


6 Boneless thighs

6 Slices of smoked bacon

3 Tablespoons fresh Marjoram (or 2 teaspoons dried)

1/2 Cup Scallions

1/4 Cup Butter, sliced thin

Salt & Pepper


Preheat oven to 350

Lay out the thighs, skin-side down

Salt & Pepper thighs then sprinkle marjoram & scallions on the meat

Add the sliced butter (usually 2 slices) on top of the marjoram & scallions

roll up the thighs and wrap the bacon around the outside of the thighs to hold them together

Arrange in a baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Hungarian Roasted Potatoes with Paprika

The potatoes are a staple at our families table. I make them many different ways adding different root vegetables and spices depending on what meat we are having for dinner.


2 LBS Red and/or Yukon potatoes, cubed

6 Cloves Garlic, roughly diced

1 Small Onion, diced

1/2 Cup Butter, melted

2-4 TBSP Paprika

Salt & Pepper


Preheat oven to 450

Combine ingredients in a baking dish and mix to coat.

Bake for 60 minutes or until potatoes are done.  

Cucumber with Sour Cream & Basil

The cucumber salad is also something that is made many times for dinner especially in the summer! The sour cream/vinaigrette complements the paprika in the potatoes it is a tradition in many eastern European countries as well as Germany. I mixed it up and added Basil instead of the traditional dill that you would find.


2 English cucumbers, peeled & thinly sliced

2 Cloves Garlic, minced

2 TBSP Chopped Basil

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

2 TSP White Vinegar

Pinch of sugar

Salt & Pepper 

3 TBSP sliced scallions


Mix the sour cream, vinegar and sugar.  Taste test - you want the mixture to taste vinegar-sour and not too sweet.

Add the cucumber, garlic, basil, salt & pepper.

Adjust seasoning and add more basil or garlic according to preference 

It is best if you let it marinate for a few hours, but not necessary

You can also add thinly sliced sweet onion

Sprinkle with sliced scallions just before serving