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Authentic Recipe of Zsiros Kenyer. Tasteful Traditional Hungarian Traditional Bread Spread with Lard.

The traditional Hungarian sandwich or Zsiros Kenyer, as they originally call it. Requires only a few ingredients and is ready in less than 15 minutes.

Things to know about Zsiros Kenyer Recipe

There’s nothing better than a tasty “Fatty Bread” while sitting next to the campfire with your friends and family. What is “Fatty Bread” or “Zsíros Kenyér”? It’s white bread with lard, red onion, and Hungarian sweet paprika powder on the top. It may not sound that delicious, but trust us, it is!

When there’s an event, celebration, or festival in Hungary, you will surely find this meal there; These ingredients are all very popular in Hungarian and are used daily in every Hungarian dish. Traditionally every ingredient should be homemade; Hungarians used to bake their bread at home, harvest their red onions, make their paprika powder, and make lard from their pigs.

It’s a tradition in almost every Hungarian family to gather together on the weekends, set a campfire in the backyard, sit in a circle, sharpen a stick from a tree, and place the Hungarian bacon (mostly only fat) on the stick, warm it up on the fire then hold the bacon above one slice of bread, let the fat (lard) drip on it then cut some fresh red onion slices, place them on the bread and sprinkle the top with some sweet paprika powder (Hungarian).

Tasteful Hungarian Traditional Bread Spread with Lard. Traditional Recipe of Zsiros Kenyer.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Tradicionális Magyar Zsíros Kenyér
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Main Cooking Method No Cooking Required


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 667 kcal


  • 4 slices Plain White Bread
  • 2 head Onion
  • 250 gram (8.82 oz) Lard – Fatty Pork
  • 50 grams (1.76 oz) Smoked Sweet Paprika Powder Hungarian
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  • Grab freshly baked white bread from your local bakery, and slice it up into 3 cm (1.1 inches) thick slices.
  • Open the pack of lard (it has to be room temperature) and spread some of it on each slice of bread.
  • Slice the onions into half then slice thinly and place them on the bread.
  • Sprinkle them with some Hungarian sweet paprika powder (optional).


  • It's almost the same way as when it is prepared indoors, but it's more fun. Grab freshly baked white bread from your local bakery, and slice it into 3 cm (1.1 inches) thick slices.
  • Cut the Hungarian bacon and cut it into large pieces (cubes); this way, each person will have its bacon cube, get a sharp and long stick (preferred wooden, since the metal ones will warm up and you won't be able to hold it in the fire) and stick the bacon cube on your stick, place it in the fire.
  • Once the bacon has warmed up and started dripping, hold it above your slice of bread and drip it over the whole bread, then cut the red onions in half, slice them up into thin pieces, and place them on the bread.
  • Sprinkle them with some Hungarian sweet paprika powder (optional).

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 667kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 65gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 128mgPotassium: 315mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 6157IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Hungarian Traditional Bread Spread with Lard, Tradicionális Magyar Zsíros Kenyér Recipe
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