Once again we need to eliminate a cuisine in The World Cup of Food and get one step closer to crowning a champion. This week’s match between Switzerland and Hungary featured Swiss cheesy goodness and Hungary’s spice of choice, paprika.
To understand Hungarian cuisine, it is important to understand the travels of Hungary’s largest ethnic group, the historically nomadic Magyars. The Magyar people’s origins have been traced as far back as the year 2000 BCE, when a group of Uralic-speaking people began to split from the rest of their people and occupied the southern Ural Mountains region, in what today is Kazakhstan. Between the fourth and eighth centuries the group moved over the Urals into today’s Ukraine and southwest Russia. Around the beginning of the tenth century they moved into the region that today is called Hungary and have been there ever since.