Al’s Hungarian Summer Squash
Al’s Hungarian Summer Squash has sour cream, paprika, and dill, and this is another great recipe from my friend Al Church who’s an amazing cook! And if you like the combo of sour cream and Hungarian paprika, you’ll love this recipe.
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A few years ago I shared Al’s Famous Hngarian Cucumber Salad, and that amazing recipe from my friend Al has been a hit with everyone who tries it. When I made that salad with Al, we talked about cooking together again, but I’m sorry that it’s taken us nearly two years to tackle another Hungarian dish together.
Then I saw Al and his girlfriend Judy at a party and we made a plan for them to come over and make this Hungarian Summer Squash.
This Hungarian dish uses a combination of zucchini and yellow squash with with sour cream, paprika, and dill for those Hungarian flavors I like so much, and it turned out to be just as good as the cucumber salad. We had a great time making it, and if you have summer squash in the garden, you must try this recipe!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- yellow summer squash
- red wine vinegar
- paprika, preferably Szeged Sweet Paprika (affiliate link)
- sour cream (see notes)
- dill pickle juice
- dried dill weed (affiliate link) (optional, for garnish)
What makes the recipe Hungarian?
It’s the Hungarian Paprika, sour cream, and dill in the recipe that gives this dish those Hungarian flavors I like so much. Al and I both use Szeged Sweet Paprika (affiliate link) for our Hungarian recipes, but any Hungarian paprika will be good.
Can you make this recipe gluten-free?
This recipe does have one tablespoon of flour to thicken the mixture, which makes it not gluten-free if you use that. Truthfully, I wondered how much that flour was needed, and if you like the sound of this but need it to be gluten-free, it would be worth trying it without the flour, or replacing the flour with a gluten-free thickener. I haven’t tried that but I’m confident it could work.
Who else loves those Hungarian Flavors?
I love Hungarian flavors and two of my favorite dishes on the blog are Hungarian Pot Roast and Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms, and Sour Cream. I’m not claiming either of those is an authentic Hungarian recipes, but they’re loaded with those great Hungarian flavor combinations.
How to make Al’s Hungarian Summer Squash:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- This recipe has classic Hungarian flavors like dill, sour cream, and Paprika (Al highly recommends Szeged Paprika (affiliate link), and that’s the kind I also prefer.)
- Al peels the squash completely, but I left some strips of peel on to add color to the dish. Your choice.
- Use a sharp spoon to scrape out the seeds.
- Then use a food processor or a large box grater to grate the squash. (I used my Cuisinart Food Processor (affiliate link) but Al prefers the large side of a Box Grater. (affiliate link)
- Put the squash into a heavy pan with a tight-fitting lid, add the salt and red wine vinegar, and let it sit for 15 minutes to draw out some of the liquid.
- While the squash sits, finely chop the onions and dill. (Great knife skills here by Al.)
- The original recipe says to drain the liquid, but if there’s not a large amount, leave the liquid to help steam the squash. (This will depend on how watery your zucchini is.)
- Turn on the heat to medium and quickly add the butter, chopped onion, and chopped dill.
- Add the Szeged Paprika, and stir gently until the ingredients are well-combined.
- Then cover with a tight lid and let the mixture cook 10-12 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender but not soft.
- Add the flour to the sour cream and whisk together with 1-2 tablespoon pan liquid or dill pickle juice.
- Stir the flour into the zucchini and cook 2-3 minutes more, just long enough for the flour to get cooked and the mixture to slightly thicken. Taste the finished squash and season to taste with more salt, paprika, or dill pickle juice.
- Serve hot with a sprinkle of paprika and dried dill weed (affiliate link) and a generous dollop of sour cream if desired.
More Dishes with Hungarian Flavors:
Instant Pot Hungarian Pot Roast
Al’s Famous Hungarian Cucumber Salad
Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms, and Sour Cream
Al's Hungarian Summer Squash
Hungarian Summer Squash has sour cream, paprika, and dill, and this is another great recipe from my friend Al!
- 2 medium zucchini
- 1 medium yellow summer squash (see notes)
- 3/4 tsp. salt (fine-grind salt is best)
- 2 T red wine vinegar
- 1 T finely chopped fresh dill
- 2 T finely chopped onion
- 2 T butter
- 2 tsp. paprika, plus more for garnish (see notes)
- 1/3 cup sour cream (see notes)
- 1 T flour
- 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice, as needed
- dried dill weed, for garnish
- additional sour cream, for garnish
- Peel strips off the summer squash, leaving some strips of peel for color.
- Cut squash in half lengthwise and use a sharp spoon to scrape out the seeds.
- Then coarsely grate the zucchini, using a food processor or the large side of a box grater.
- Put the squash into a heavy pan with a tight fitting lid. (I used an enamel-coated cast iron dutch oven.)
- Sprinkle over the salt and add the vinegar, stir a couple of times, and let the zucchini sit 15 minutes to draw out some of the liquid.
- While it sits, finely chop the dill and onion.
- After 15 minutes push the squash to the sides of the pan to see that you have just a little liquid in the bottom.
- Drain some off if there’s a lot of liquid or add a little water or dill pickle juice if you don’t see much liquid.
- Turn on the heat under the pan to medium, add the butter, chopped onion, and chopped dill.
- Sprinkle on the Paprika and stir a few times to combine, then cover the pan and steam the squash 10-12 minutes, or until it’s tender but not completely soft.
- When the squash is done, combine the flour and sour cream and whisk in 1-2 tablespoons of liquid from the pan (or dill pickle juice if there is not enough liquid).
- If you want a strong dill flavor, you can remove the liquid from the pan and use pickle juice in the sour cream.
- Stir the flour mixture into the cooked zucchini and cook 2-3 minutes more, or just until the flour is cooked and the mixture is slightly thickened.
- Taste and add more salt, paprika, or dill pickle juice as desired.
- Serve hot, garnished with paprika, dill weed, and a dollop of sour cream.
This recipe could easily be doubled. You can use all zucchini or all summer squash if you prefer. Al and I both prefer Szeged Paprika (affiliate link). Al uses full-fat Daisy Sour Cream, but you can use light sour cream if desired.
Al’s recipe is adapted from The Art of Hungarian Cooking.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 714mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Even though there’s a tiny amount of flour used as a thickener, this recipe is still fairly low in carbs, but probably not suitable for Keto. If you’re following the original South Beach Diet, the recipe also uses butter. But there’s a lot of low-glycemic squash to balance out those ingredients, and truthfully I would might still eat this for phase one. But if you’re more a “letter-of-the-law” person (or if you need this recipe to be gluten-free) I would definitely experiment with using olive oil or omitting the flour.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2014 when I made it with Judy and Al. It was last updated with more information in 2022.
17 Comments on “Al’s Hungarian Summer Squash”
I know I am a few years late to the comments here, but I found this as I was looking up what to call something my family has made for my whole life. This is close to it. We grate the peeled zucchini and onion into a collendar and salt it. Then we squeeze out the juice after it sits for about 30 minutes. It releases the salt and water. Then we cook in a pot with a lid on medium low till it starts getting a bit brown on the edges and bottom, add pepper and paprika (hot or sweet, depends on the day), and chopped fresh dill. This cooks a few minutes and a large spoon of sour cream is stirred in. We eat with rye bread or, if you are me, straight in a bowl.
Fun to hear about another family who has a dish like this! It was so good when I made it with Al!
This sounds like just my cup of tea. I will try it this week, keeping peel and seeds, i think.
Fun; hope you enjoy!
Good to know it worked without removing the seeds! I will try to get Al back cooking with me again much sooner this time.
Brilliant! I've been waiting for Al's recipes to make a return to this blog. I forgot to scoop out the seeds (was in a rush to get lunch on the table) but it all turned out fine.
Lydia, I'm jealous.
Casey, we used sweet paprika, but I think hot would also be good.
Do you use sweet or hot paprika
For the first time this year, I have abundant dill in my herb garden. I can't wait to try some in this dish; I love those Hungarian flavors.
Barb, can't wait to hear what you think. I do think the half-moon shapes from the seeded squash will give a nice look to the dish.
Thanks Kalyn…..I'm going to give it a try ( as soon as I buy some squash) and I'll let you know. I think if I deseed the squash it might eliminate some/most of the moisture they give off, and work. We shall see. ?
Barb, truthfully I am not sure. The grating helps the squash release the moisture quickly, which helps keep it from getting too soggy when it's steamed. But worth a try I'd say! The sour cream, dill, and paprika flavor combination was really delicious with the squash.
Kalyn…..would this recipe work if you kept the squash in slices, instead of grating?
Joanne, it's a vegetable side dish not a soup, but very delish.
I'm very intrigued by the fact that the squash is grated in this soup! Sounds quite tasty.
MnC, you certainly could but I think I prefer a food processor for short shredded pieces like this.
OH you can totally use a spiralizer to make this!