Rakott Krumpli

A lovely dinner that I learned to cook while living in Hungary. From what I can gather, rakott means casserole, and krumpli means potato. So this is literally a potato casserole. But somehow, “Potato Casserole” just doesn’t sound as good as “Rakott Krumpli” which rolls off the tongue much more exotically. I learned this from the wife of the landlord we rented our flat from. I think she felt bad that the only food we ate for the first few weeks was pastries from the shop underneath us. In my defense, I did try to make eggs with ketchup, except the ketchup turned out to be hot red pepper sauce.

If I could, I would include precise ingredient measurements. But I didn’t learn it that way, and even if I did it would be metric (liters, grams, kilos, etc). So you’ll just have to jump in and experiment the way I did…but it’s pretty hard to mess this up. If you are in the middle of a cold snap, this is the dish to make…it’s pure, warm, creamy comfort food.

Rakott Krumpli

5-10 hardboiled eggs, cut up

Lots of cheese (swiss and/or havarti)

1 package of sliced salami, or 1 cut up cooked sausage

Lots of red new potatoes, cut in half

Lots of Sour Cream (2 cups or so??)

Paprika for seasoning

First, send your kid to the fridge to get the ingredients. This was easy for us…our refridgerator was smaller than the Golfer who at that time was 1.

Second, boil the potatoes in water…get them cooked through, but not too soft. Make enough to fill a casserole (or brownie) pan. When done, place potatoes in the pan.

Third, sprinkle the cheese, sausage, and eggs over the potatoes. (In that order…the eggs get nice and crispy if they’re on top) Sprinkle some paprika on top. Mix the sour cream with a little milk and spread it over the top of the casserole. Don’t skimp on the sour cream! You cannot add too much.

Fourth, cook in a 350 oven until everything gets all melty and warm.

Fifth, devour!

Hungarian flair:
cook the cut up hungarian sausage (kolbasz), add it to the potatoes, then drizzle all the fat on top. Use Trappista cheese (Trapissta Sajt).

American flair:
instead of hungarian sausage, use pepperoni or bacon. Attempt to de-fatten recipe by using plain yogurt instead of sour cream (but really, don’t do this!!!).

Vegetarian flair:
Many Hungarian Jews omit the meat and just add that eggs, cheese, and potatoes. It’s still very good this way!

Here’s the recipe in Hungarian, in case you have any questions:

A burgonyát főzd meg héjában, s karikázd fel. A tojásokat főzd keményre és karikázd fel, ahogy a kolbászt is. A szalonnát szeleteld fel, s a bőrére merőlegesen vagdosd be. Vajazz ki egy tűzálló tálat és hintsd meg zsemlemorzsával. Az aljára fektess egy sor krumplit, rá egy sor tojást, majd egy sor kolbászt és locsold meg sózott tejföllel. Így rétegezz tovább, a tetejére egy sor tejföllel meglocsolt burgonya jussson, arra pedig a a szalonnaszeleteket fektesd. Előmelegített forró sütőben addig süsd, míg a szalonna meg nem pirul.


10 Responses

  1. Oh man– my guys will love this!! Great suggestion!

  2. De-fatten? Are you kidding???? I’m pregnant…. and this seems like the PERFECT food for breakfast. YUM!

  3. Hi. Great pictures.

  4. They have havarti in Hungary?!? That just seems weird to me as it is a “Swedish” food in my house. I’m part Swedish and part Hungarian, but most of the Hungarian traditions died when my great-grandmother did. She simply refused to write down any of her recipes so now they are all gone except one recipe for Kiflies (cookies with lots and lots of nuts) which my mom secretly wrote down as my nana made them once.

  5. Catherine–no, no havarti in Hungary. I just used trappista, which is impossible to get here in the states! The best substitutions I found for it stateside are swiss or havarti.

    There is a woman who also grew up with her family’s undocumented hungarian food, so she compiled the recipes in this book…you may want to check it out! I bet many of the recipes will be similar. June Meyer’s Authentic Hungarian Heirloom Recipes

  6. thanks – sounds good and fattening – just what I need for my little mnm’s! Thanks

  7. […] butter and eating it without the sandwich fixin’s. I get out potatoes and meat/eggs to make Rakott Krumpli, and end up frying the potatoes in butter, drowning them in cheese, and eating them with loads of […]

  8. Besides kolbasz, the original recipe above also includes bacon (szalonna).

  9. i think rakott means “layered.” i make this dish without mean and with lots of dill.

  10. […] butter and eating it without the sandwich fixin’s. I get out potatoes and meat/eggs to make Rakott Krumpli, and end up frying the potatoes in butter, drowning them in cheese, and eating them with loads of […]

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