Coppages in Hungary: Favorite Recipes

I (Lea) do have a few cookbooks; but one of my favorite sources for recipes is Here are a few recipes that I use regularly:


Soups are big here in Hungary. It's pretty standard to start every large lunch with soup, and after that you have meat and starch and, if you're lucky, a green vegetable. If you're not so lucky, it's peas.

Cheesy Potato Soup II from

Lea's Version of Cheesy Potato Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup II

Cock a Leekie Soup

I added celery salt, chicken bouillon, and a clove of garlic, crushed. I did not use leeks or the can of chicken broth.

Mom's Italian Beef Barley Soup

Brown the meat first, even though you might have to wash another pot. Some people suggested adding 1/2 tsp. spicy Mrs. Dash, red wine, fresh thyme, bay leaf, minced garlic, carrots, mushrooms (sliced or quartered), and/or frozen vegetables.

Main Dishes

Chicken Supreme IV

This chicken recipe is the closest we've gotten to duplicating the smell and taste of our favorite Italian restaurant — Norberto's, which used to be in Charlottesville, but unfortunately no longer exists.

Pork is by far the cheapest meat in Hungary, so that's what I use for lots of stuff.

Red Wine Pork

I have used this recipe with boneless chops as well as a whole pork roast. I have baked it in the oven and cooked it in the crock pot. It has never failed me.

Barbeque Pork Two Ways

Slow Cooker Pork Chops II

No Beans About It - Chili

According to comments on, this recipe is "not spicy." According to our experience, the two Tablespoons of chili powder make it very spicy! Some folks suggested using worcestershire sauce or balsamic vingar instead of the red wine vinegar.

As accompaniments, people suggested Fritos, crackers, sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped fresh tomatoes, chopped green peppers, and chili or other hot sauce. In Hungary, the most prolific tear-inducing hot sauce is "Erős Pista" (Strong Steve). I've heard it makes grown men cry.

Fabulous Zucchini Grinders



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