Indulge in the rich flavors of Hungary with our savory Hortobágyi Húsos Palacsinta. Delicate crepes filled with seasoned minced meat, enveloped in a tantalizing paprika sauce that will transport your taste buds to the heart of Eastern Europe. Savor the perfect balance of savory and spicy notes in every bite of this traditional Hungarian dish, a culinary masterpiece that's sure to delight any palate.

Here's a recipe for Hortobágyi Húsos Palacsinta:


For the crepes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Butter or oil for frying

For the filling:

  • 1 lb ground beef or pork
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground caraway seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons flour

For the paprika sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


1- To make the crepes, whisk together the flour, milk, eggs, and salt until smooth. Let the batter rest for about 30 minutes.

2- Heat a small amount of butter or oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Pour a small ladleful of batter into the skillet and swirl to spread it thinly. Cook until the edges start to lift and the bottom is golden brown, then flip and cook the other side briefly. Repeat with the remaining batter, stacking the crepes on a plate as you go.

3- For the filling, heat some oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add the ground meat and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Stir in the paprika, caraway seeds, salt, and pepper.

4- Sprinkle the flour over the meat mixture and cook for a minute, stirring constantly. Gradually pour in the broth, stirring constantly, until you have a thick sauce. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream.

5- To assemble the palacsinta, place a spoonful of the meat filling in the center of each crepe and fold it over to enclose the filling. Place the filled crepes in a baking dish.

6- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

7- For the paprika sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the paprika and flour and cook for a minute. Gradually whisk in the broth until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for a few minutes until thickened, then stir in the sour cream.

8- Pour the paprika sauce over the filled crepes in the baking dish.

9- Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until heated through.

10- Serve the palacsinta hot, garnished with chopped parsley if desired. Enjoy your savory Hungarian delight!

Nutritional Values:

Here's a rough estimate of the nutritional values for the ingredients used in the recipe. Keep in mind that actual values may vary based on specific brands and variations in preparation:

All-purpose flour (1 cup):

  • Calories: 455 kcal
  • Protein: 12.9 g
  • Fat: 1.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 95.4 g
  • Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Sugars: 0.4 g

benefits:Provides carbohydrates for energy and small amounts of protein and fiber for satiety and digestive health.

Milk (1 1/4 cups):

  • Calories: 160 kcal
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.5 g
  • Sugars: 12.5 g

benefits:Rich in calcium and vitamin D for bone health, as well as protein for muscle repair and growth.

Eggs (2 large):

  • Calories: 143 kcal
  • Protein: 12.6 g
  • Fat: 9.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.1 g
  • Sugars: 1.1 g

benefits:Excellent source of high-quality protein, essential vitamins (such as B12 and riboflavin), and minerals (like selenium and phosphorus) important for overall health.

Ground beef or pork (1 lb):

  • Calories: 1200 kcal (approximately, depending on fat content)
  • Protein: 100 g (approximately)
  • Fat: 80 g (approximately)
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g

benefits:Good source of protein, iron, zinc, and B vitamins, essential for muscle growth, energy production, and immune function.

Onion (1 medium):

  • Calories: 44 kcal
  • Protein: 1.2 g
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.4 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Sugars: 4.7 g

benefits:Contains antioxidants like quercetin, which may help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases. Also a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.

Garlic (2 cloves):

  • Calories: 8 kcal
  • Protein: 0.4 g
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Sugars: 0.1 g

benefits:Known for its antimicrobial properties, garlic may help boost the immune system and promote heart health. It also contains antioxidants that support overall well-being.

Sweet paprika (2 tablespoons):

  • Calories: 39 kcal
  • Protein: 1.6 g
  • Fat: 2.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.1 g
  • Fiber: 4.8 g
  • Sugars: 2.7 g

benefits:Rich in antioxidants, including vitamins A and C, which help combat oxidative stress and inflammation. Paprika may also aid digestion and improve blood sugar control.

Ground caraway seeds (1 teaspoon):

  • Calories: 8 kcal
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Sugars: 0 g

benefits:Contains fiber and antioxidants that support digestive health and may help reduce bloating and gas. Caraway seeds are also known for their carminative properties.

Sour cream (1 cup):

  • Calories: 444 kcal
  • Protein: 8.3 g
  • Fat: 45.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.4 g
  • Sugars: 2.1 g

benefits:Provides calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin B12 for bone health and energy metabolism. It also adds richness and creaminess to dishes.

Butter (2 tablespoons):

  • Calories: 204 kcal
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Sugars: 0 g

benefits:Contains healthy fats, fat-soluble vitamins (like A, E, and K2), and antioxidants that support brain health, hormone production, and immune function.

Beef or chicken broth (2 cups):

  • Calories: 30 kcal (approximately, depending on the type and preparation)
  • Protein: 3 g (approximately)
  • Fat: 0 g (approximately)
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g (approximately)
  • Sugars: 0 g (approximately)

These values are rough estimates and may vary based on specific brands and variations in preparation. Always check the nutrition labels on your ingredients for the most accurate information.


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