Haluska or Kaposztas Teszta – Hungarian Cabbage Noodles is a simple side dish to compliment any holiday meal. It’s very customizable as you can add any variety of herbs and spices as you desire.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. For most of us, it no longer symbolizes any celebration of Pilgrims when we understand the atrocities done to the Native American community. For me, it is a celebration of family and good food. It’s wonderful that it comes so close to Christmas. That way Thanksgiving can be spent with one partner’s family and Christmas can be spent with the other one’s family. Couples don’t have to alternate years to spend holidays with their families.
I often host large groups of people for Thanksgiving. I have a wide circle of friends and family and especially if I have family visiting from another country, I have had up to 25 people over for Thanksgiving. When you have that many people, the menu takes careful consideration and menu planning starts several weeks in advance. Being mindful of the different dietary restrictions and preferences guests may have is important so that everyone has a good time and enjoyed their food, whether they are vegetarian or gluten free and whether they prefer spicy or bland food.
Have you already started your menu planning? You might want to check out this collection of Healthy Side Dishes I put together.
I have a friend of my Mom’s who sometimes comes for Thanksgiving and she does not like any seasoning at all. For her, I always make sure I have simple things like mashed potatoes and glazed carrots, with no extra herbs or spices.
Since I have chosen as my BM theme this week to pick one letter of the alphabet and present 3 countries’ recipes that begin with that letter, Hungary came into the mix when I decided upon H. I discovered this simple side dish of cabbage and noodles. At first, I thought it was too bland. However, many of us struggle to come up with simple dishes that are still delicious when our natural palates usually go to spice. I thought it might come in handy to those of you already starting your holiday menu planning.
What I love about this dish is that it is so customizable. Although the traditional version is seasoned simply with salt and pepper, modern versions often add some more ingredients for more flavor like onions, mushrooms and bacon.
In this version, I have spiced it up a bit, but still using ingredients that are used in this cuisine keeping it Hungarian.
Serve it lots of soft butter and hot paprika, Hungary’s favorite spice!
Even if you keep it simple with just the base ingredients, they key to the flavor of this dish is cooking the cabbage long and slow so it caramelizes. Think of the difference in flavor between plain sautéed onions and caramelized onions. It makes a HUGE difference, so be patient when cooking the cabbage and this simple dish will reward you with so much flavor.
I think cabbage is such an underutilized vegetable. It is so cost efficient and versatile and is actually one of my favorite veggies. It is so quick and easy to cook up! Check out some of my other cabbage recipes from around the world.
Cabbage Foogath (Indian)
Sweet & Sour Cabbage (German)
Cabbage Paprikash (another Hungarian version)
Curtido – Pickled Cabbage Salad (Mexican)
Cabbage Corn Soup (Thai)
Cabbage & Green Plantain Poriyal (Indian)
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