Sonkás kocka – Ham square pasta

by | Jul 27, 2016 | Noodles

Sonkás kocka is an old member of the Hungarian pasta repertoire, which has lost some of its glamour lately. The noodles are not only cooked, but also baked, topped with a savory ham-sour cream mixture. I prepared this dish on the base of the recipe of Károly Gundel, who published it in his coobook “Kis magyar szakácskönyv” in 1937.

According to the practice of that era Gundel used homemade pasta, but today it is hardly to be expected that you knead, roll and cut your own noodles each time you want to eat them. Therefore, store-bought pasta is an acceptable alternative, you should only pay attention to one thing: the more eggs the pasta contains, the more it resembles the homemade version.

In the original recipe egg yolks are beaten with lard, but feel free to replace lard with butter. Cheese is not prescribed, but it won’t mess up the dish if you add some to the noodles.

Ham square pasta
Ham square pasta – Sonkás kocka – photo: zserbo.com
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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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