Fasírt – Pork patties

by | Oct 1, 2015 | Meat dishes

Fasírt – this magical word can make any Hungarian heart throb. It’s the king of canteens and everyday kitchens, an indispensable attendant of vegetable stews in the Hungarian cuisine. Fasírt means both meat loaf and patties in Hungarian, it can be breaded or not, fried in oil or roasted in the oven – everyone treasures a unique recipe.

In my family pork patties consist of minced meat, egg and milk soaked bread (or zsemle), and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and parsley. The balls are rolled in breadcrumbs and fried in oil or lard until golden brown.

Pork patties / Fasírt
Pork patties – Fasírt – photo: zserbo.com


  • 500 g (~1 lb) minced pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1 thin slice of white bread
  • 50 ml (~3-4 tbsp) milk
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sweet ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • small bunch of parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • oil or lard for frying

Soak bread in milk.

Place the minced pork in a bowl. Add egg, bread (squeezed out) and crushed garlic. Season with salt, pepper and paprika, lastly, add finely chopped parsley. Mix until well combined.

Form tiny balls with your hands and roll them into breadcrumbs.

In a frying pan heat up oil or lard and slowly fry patties in batches on both sides until golden brown.

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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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