Hungarian Potato Casserole (Dairy)

Hungarian Potato Casserole
Hungarian Potato Casserole. Giora Shimoni
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 5-6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
304 Calories
24g Fat
18g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5-6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 304
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 107mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 6g
Calcium 104mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Hungarian Potato Casserole was served about once a week during my childhood. My father, an Auschwitz survivor who grew up in Hungary, loves potatoes. And this is a very economical dish as it consists primarily of potatoes, onions and sour cream. After a long break I recently started to make it in my own home, and my kids went crazy loving it.


  • 5-6 large potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter or canola oil for frying
  • 2 cups heavy cream or sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and sliced (optional)
  • 3.5 ounces (100 grams) yellow cheese (optional)

Steps to Make It

1. In a large pot, heat water until boiling. Add potatoes in their skin. Return to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook until a knife can be easily inserted (approximately 35 minutes). Do not cook the potatoes until they are too soft to slice nicely. Drain. Set aside to cool slightly.
2. Chop onion. In a frying pan, heat butter or oil. Saute onion until translucent. Set aside to cool slightly.
3. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit (180° Celsius). Grease a baking dish.
4. Peel and slice potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. In a bowl, mix onion, cream, salt, paprika and pepper. Gently combine the potatoes with the sour cream mixture.
5. In the baking dish, arrange half the potato slices in a layer. If desired, layer hard-boiled eggs slices on top of the potatoes and then yellow cheese on top of the eggs. Then cover with the rest of the potatoes. Sprinkle paprika on top.
6. Bake, uncovered, at 350° Fahrenheit (180° Celsius) for 45 minutes.

SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve with baked fish and roasted broccoli or a green salad for a satiating family dinner.

YIELD: 5-6 servings