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Meggyleves Recipe (Hungarian sour cherry soup)
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(Hungarian sour cherry soup)

Average: 4.6 (10 votes)

Sour cherry soup is enjoyed by Hungarian families as cherries come into season in late spring and early summer. Each family has its own favorite recipe. Also known as meggykeszőce.

4 to 6 servings


  • Water -- 4 cups
  • Sugar -- 1 cup
  • Cinnamon stick -- 1
  • Sour cherries, pitted -- 4 cups
  • Salt -- pinch
  • Water -- 2 tablespoons
  • Cornstarch or arrowroot -- 1 tablespoon
  • Cream -- 1/4 cup


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the 4 cups of water, sugar and cinnamon stick to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar, for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the cherries and a pinch of salt and simmer for another 30-40 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  3. Stir the cornstarch into the 2 tablespoons of water and then quickly whisk the slurry into the simmering cherries. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes to thicken the soup a little.
  4. Pour the soup into a bowl place into the refrigerator until well chilled. Just before serving, stir in the cream.


  • To use sour cream instead of sweet cream, eliminate the cornstarch slurry and stir 2 tablespoons of flour into 3/4 cup sour cream. Whisk a little of the simmering soup into the sour cream, then whisk the sour cream into the soup. Simmer for another 5 minutes and chill.
  • If you use canned sour cherries, reduce cooking time to 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of chilled red wine (preferably Hungarian), rosé wine or dry sherry with the cream.
  • To add even more flavor, save the cherry pits. Wrap them in a towel and pound with a hammer to crack them. Tie them up in a piece of cheesecloth and simmer along with the cherries. Remove along with the cinnamon stick.
  • Try using strawberries instead of cherries. Adjust the sugar down a little.


Island sauce!!!!

This recipe calls for "fish". What type?. Sole, cod, flounder etc. will break up very easily once it has been cooked.
You could not saute' this fish. suggestions in consideration of a menu for my guests who are Puerto Rican. I am a Chef and I host Sweet 16 parties and Weddings. I want to be authentic.
Thankyou for any help you may give me.

Actually all the fish you mention are perfectly fine for sauteing. (Think sole meunière.) Sole and flounder are delicate, but that just means you use a delicate hand.

If you are cooking for large crowds though, a sturdier fish is a good idea. Cod is actually such a fish, either true cod or rock cod. Any type of firm, white-fleshed fish would do really. A common fish for catering chefs to use in a recipe like this is red snapper. Snapper is a common fish in the Caribbean, so it also fits the authenticity requirement.

The fish I have been told is used is snapper.

Marcel you could use any kind of fish that you could imagine. Lobsters, Blue Marlin, Shark you mane it and you could use it on. Most of the time we use it on Pargo or Mero Cabrilla(Spotted grouper snapper)

Is am island top sauce ,you could top any kind of fry fish with it is delicious