Hungarian Savory Pancakes (Palacsinta)

Hungarian Palacsinta
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
185 Calories
11g Fat
13g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 185
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 165mg 55%
Sodium 3625mg 158%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 8g
Calcium 103mg 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.)

Hungarian savory palacsinta are paper-thin pancakes served rolled or folded into triangles with savory fillings like scrambled eggs and mushrooms, creamed meats, seafood, and vegetables.

Palacsinta can be served as a main course, appetizer, brunch or luncheon dish.

Palacsinta is similar to French crepes, Polish naleśniki, and Croatia/Serbian palacinke. See this sweet palacsinta recipe for sweet fillings. When they are stacked to form a cake, it is called rakott palacsinta.


  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup club soda
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, club soda, and water. Stir in flour, sugar, salt, and vanilla to form a smooth batter.

  2. Heat a teaspoon butter in an eight-inch skillet. Use a small ladle to add enough batter to coat bottom of the pan in a thin, even layer, rotating the pan as needed to cover.

  3. Cook for two minutes on the first side and one and a half minutes on the second side or until the pancake is lightly browned. Remove and keep warm. Repeat with remaining butter and batter.

  4. Fill with your choice of scrambled eggs with mushrooms, creamed meats, seafood or vegetables. Roll or fold into a triangle and garnish with a savory sauce of choice and a sprinkle of chopped chives, if desired.

  5. They also can be formed into a "beggar's purse" to resemble a tiny money bag and tied with a blanched chive.