Hungarian Meatballs with Noodles

In October I had an opportunity to spend four days in Prague.  It was a girl trip as our husbands didn't wish to go.  They missed out on this was an amazing and wonderful experience.  We must have walked a hundred miles and I doubt that we missed seeing anything!  We had some wonderful food and aromatic hot wine to keep us going.

While it isn't Hungary, the cuisine in the Czech Republic is very least what we ate was.  I came home with the desire to try to recreate some of the tasty dishes we enjoyed.  (and....I think I am in love with paprika and all of the types that are available!)

That brings me to today's post.  It is time for the Secret Recipe Club and I was assigned Denise's blog, Creative Kitchen.  Denise has a very busy and active life.  She loves cooking, baking, photography, bike riding, travel, kayaking, blogging and reading...and she has a husband and three active daughters!  When does she rest!!  Denise doesn't believe that it is humanly possible to follow a recipe to the letter and she adjusts as she cooks...I have a tendency to deviate from a recipe also, so, Denise was the inspiration for the Hungarian Meatballs with Noodles that I prepared.

Hungarian Meatballs with Noodles

1 pound beef (I used a combination of beef and pork.  I used just over 1/2 pound of each.)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used Panko.)
1 egg
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp Hungarian paprika
1 tsp caraway seeds
1/2 tsp black pepper

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, thinly sliced or chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 14.5 oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes, with juice
1 14.5 oz can beef broth
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp Hungarian paprika
1/2 cup sour cream

In a large bowl combine the meat, bread crumbs, egg, parsley, onion, salt, paprika, caraway seeds, and black pepper.  Form into 1 1/2 inch meatballs.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.  Working in batches, cook the meatballs, turning often to get them evenly browned.  Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat in the skillet and add the carrots, onion and celery.  Cook, stirring constantly, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the flour and paprika and cook for 1 minute.  Pour in the tomatoes and the beef broth and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan; season to taste.  Add the reserved meatballs, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the meatballs are heated through, about 10-15 minutes.

Put the sour cream in a small bowl, then temper it by stirring in a few spoonfuls of the liquid.  Stir the sour cream mixture back into the pan, coating the meatballs and heating through.

Serve over buttered egg noodles.


Amazing Prague was the first stop on our journey!  I am ready to go back...


  1. And my mouth is watering. This looks so rich and savory

  2. These look so good. I recently copied down a recipe for Czech Meatballs (have no clue from where) that I have been wanting to try. Just pork, no bread crumbs, lots of parsley and caraway. Will need to make both of these recipes. My recipe is baked and then piled onto sauteed shredded cabbage. Now you have done it. I am really, really hungry. Susan

  3. Once we have a taste of another country I believe we usually want to go back, especially with delicious food such as this. Looks good for a cold winter day.

  4. What a great way to spend some time with the ladies, visiting Prague and eating comfort dishes.

  5. This looks like a great dish for a cold day like today!

  6. I don't know how Terry stays so thing eating the great dishes you prepare. The paprika that we buy in the store is pretty flavorless and no wonder it's just used for color. I began making my own a few years ago from my own paprika peppers and couldn't believe the difference - it was an explosion of sweet (or hot) pepper flavor in my mouth. It is definitely worth the effort.

  7. Looks like a great meal! Love what Big Dude just wrote above, I'd love to try growing my own peppers to dry:@)

  8. Never had Hungarian meatballs, but these sounds delicious!

  9. My hubby would ADORE this dish - anything with meatballs and he is happy! It was fun to have been assigned to your blog and look forward to trying other recipes you have! Hope you have a wonderful week!!

  10. I love meatballs and these look scrumptious. How lucky you were to travel to Prague.

  11. I've been wanting to visit Prague on one of our trips to Europe. Everyone that goes there seems to have a wonderful time. Your meatballs sound terrific and something that I will enjoy trying.

  12. So jealous, I'd go back to Europe in a heartbeat! Man those Hungarian meatballs look great!

  13. I'm a big "recreater" also. Love to try to make restaurant offerings at home. How did you think this recipe compared to the food you had in Prague? Sure looks good on my computer screen.

  14. who doesn't want to go to Prague?!! lol. who did you women marry, anyhow? well, more for you! :)

    i LOVE meatballs!! i just did a post actually on the art of the meatball. because it is an art. and i say, good job on the panko and herbs/spices. good. job.

    happy src reveal! xo, kristy

  15. Prague is one of my favorite cities and I would love to go back someday. I had the most wonderful goulash there and this recipe reminds me of those flavors. Paprika and caraway are the flavors I always look for. Great photo, Kate. I love all that red tile.

  16. Kate, how fun to re-live your trip through these delicious looking meatballs. I can almost smell through the screen the wonderful aroma!


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