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Hungarian Summer time Pickles (Kovászos uborka)

It’s a Hungarian custom to make these summer time pickles within the warmth of the summer time when the gardens are overflowing. This recipe is one which was handed down from his dad and mom.

Hungarian Summer time pickles, or Kovászos uborka, are made in a really completely different approach in comparison with conventional pickles. A number of easy substances and a pair magic steps are required to make these.

Hungarian Traditions

Rising up, each summer time Charles’ household had a jar of those dill gherkin pickles on the deck. With a backyard stuffed with cucumbers, there was by no means a meal through the summer time that bought served with out these pickles. Once we visited Hungary I grew to understand simply how necessary pickles have been to the tradition. Actually, pickles have been served at each single meal. Again within the day, Charles’ dad would often catch him consuming the brine straight out of the jar: clearly some issues by no means change!

Now, right here’s the deal. Don’t anticipate the identical flavour as a dill pickle you’d discover within the retailer. These pickles don’t have vinegar and are fermented with the assistance of the sourdough bread. Don’t be postpone by the cloudy look of the brine: it’s regular!

Homemade pickles
How to make Hungarian summer pickles

Easy methods to Make Hungarian Summer time Pickles

  1. Wash, prick and trim the ends off of pickling cucumbers.
  2. Place the cucumbers in a big jar with garlic and dill.
  3. Make a easy brine and pour over the cucumbers to cowl.
  4. Place sourdough bread and further dill on prime of the cucumbers and canopy with a plate.
  5. Set the coated jar in a sunny place exterior for 3-5 days.
Hungarian summer pickles

Hungarian Recipes

With Charles’ sturdy Hungarian roots we’re always remaking variations of his childhood favourites. It’s our favorite factor to do collectively. If you wish to make a powerful traditional Hungarian dish do that Rooster Paprikash (so good with the home made noodles). Subsequent up for the vacations is Lángos, a fried potato dough that I’ve made earlier than and it’s divine! Charles has been asking me to make Szilvás gombóc, plum dumplings: it’s on my listing for this fall when the plums are ripe.

Hungarian Pickles

Hungarian Summer time Pickles

These summer time pickles are a Hungarian staple within the hotter months of the yr.


  • 4 kilos small to medium pickling cucumbers
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 litres water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 1-2 slices sourdough bread


  1. Wash the cucumbers and reduce off the ends. Puncture them frivolously with a fork in a number of locations and switch the cucumbers, garlic cloves and half of the dill to a 3 litre jar.

  2. In a big pot, convey the water and salt to a boil. Take away from the warmth, stir, and funky barely earlier than pouring over the cucumbers and including the remaining dill. Place the bread gently on prime of the cucumbers so it’s touching the cucumbers and brine (however not pushed down), cowl the jar with a plate and put in a heat sunny place for 3 to five days. Switch the jar to a sunny place via the day if potential. The brine can be cloudy.

  3. The pickles can be able to eat after they flip a barely yellow. Take away and discard the bread and dill, pressure the pickles and garlic and switch to a clear jar. Pour the strained brine over the pickles and retailer coated within the fridge for as much as 3 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Recipe is predicated off of the Dill Gherkin recipe in Ilona Horváth’s The Conventional Hungarian Kitchen.

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