This Hungarian Hangover Soup promises to bring you luck in the new year and cure your hangover!
Happy New Year!! How did you ring in the new year? My family and I spent a quiet night in. We watched the movie The Little Prince. Have you seen it? We loved the books and thankfully the movie did not disappoint. Both my daughter and I shed a tear at the end. After the movie we had a lovely Spanish style tapas dinner. Complete with Spanish tortilla, a selection of cheeses, serrano ham, olives, apples, grapes, bread and aioli. Hubby popped the champagne early while the little princess and I drank sparkling apple juice.. haha. As it approached midnight we tuned into Spanish television for the countdown. Spanish tradition is to have 12 grapes with each chime of the clock counting down to midnight. Getting all 12 grapes down by the time the clock strikes 12 is supposed to bring you good luck.
After a not so pleasant first time experience with las uvas (the grapes) last year ,think a lot of choking/gagging, I bought seedless grapes but unfortunately at midnight I still had 3 grapes left and the little one 5. My hubby had eaten all of his 12 though so at least one of us will be lucky in 2016! To improve the odds of being lucky this year for New Year’s Day lunch I prepared a traditional Hungarian ‘lucky’ soup.
Back home in Trinidad the tradition is to have black eyed peas for good luck. Since I cannot find black eyed peas here in Spain I turned to my Hungarian husband for ideas. He told me about korhelyleves. Korhelyleves translates to drunken soup or hangover soup. After all isn’t everyone hungover on New Years Day? Besides being a great cure for hangovers hangover soup is supposed to bring you good luck. Win , Win!
I followed the recipe in my Hungarian cookbook but made a few additions according to hubby’s recommendations. My version of korhelyleves combines Spanish chorizo, Hungarian paprika, sauerkraut and sour cream and they all come together for an absolutely delicious soup. My Hungarian man gave it a big thumbs up!
So tell me what are the traditions in your country on New Years Day? I love hearing from you
- ¾ cup / 150g sauerkraut
- 2 cups / 500ml liquid from sauerkraut
- 1 cup / 250ml bone broth or water
- ½ cup / 125ml sour cream
- ¼ cup / 50g smoked ham, diced
- ¼ cup / 50g chorizo, finely chopped
- ½ small onion, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons butter or lard
- 1 teaspoon smoked Hungarian paprika
- pinch of black pepper
- Melt the butter or lard in a medium pot.
- Add onions, paprika, smoked ham and chorizo to pot.
- Saute until onions are soft. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Add the sauerkraut and its liquid along with water and sour cream to the pot.
- When the liquid is hot add the onion, ham, chorizo mixture to the pot.
- Warm through.
- Remove from heat.