Ginny Weasley’s Paprikash | Harry Potter Inspired Recipes

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Yeah, size is no guarantee of power,” said George. “Look at Ginny.
What d’ you mean?” said Harry.
You’ve never been on the receiving end of one of her Bat-Bogey Hexes, have you?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

We’re celebrating Harry Potter week right in the heart of Harry Potter’s home, alongside Ginny Weasley herself. If you’re not up to speed with all the Harry Potter books and movies, be prepared; this post might have some mild spoilers!

The saga of Harry and Ginny’s relationship, while somewhat skimmed over in the films, receives a deeper exploration in The Cursed Child, set nineteen years post the Battle of Hogwarts. The story depicts Harry and Ginny leading a contented family life, despite their decision to name one of their children Albus Severus Potter (let’s be honest, that name practically predestines the kid to be a bit out of the ordinary).

I imagine Ginny, inheriting her mother’s knack for cooking, whipping up robust, homely meals in true Weasley family style.

Given Ginny Weasley’s character – strong, resourceful, and unafraid to spice things up (much like her Bat-Bogey Hexes) – it seems fitting that her namesake dish would be something warming, filling, and packed with flavor. Paprikash, a beloved Hungarian stew, mirrors these qualities with its rich blend of paprika, peppers, and tomato, creating a hearty dish that’s perfect for a gathering around the Weasley’s table.

This recipe not only brings a taste of the magical world into your kitchen but also serves as a nod to the warmth and unity of the Weasley family. As we delve into the cooking process, let’s channel our inner Weasley spirit – embracing simplicity, warmth, and the magic of a shared meal.

Here’s What You Need

  • Chicken breasts: Provides the protein base, easily shredded for texture.
  • Hungarian paprika: Infuses the dish with a smoky, sweet flavor characteristic of Hungarian cuisine.
  • Onion: Adds a foundational aromatic layer, enhancing overall depth.
  • Diced tomatoes: Contributes acidity and moisture, breaking down to thicken the sauce.
  • Chicken broth: Liquid base that enriches the dish with more flavor.
  • Garlic broth: Adds a subtle, aromatic depth, complementing the chicken.
  • Butter: Used for sautéing onions, adds richness and helps meld flavors.
  • Flour: Thickens the sauce, ensuring a hearty texture.
  • Plain Greek yogurt: Gives the sauce a creamy texture and slight tang.
  • Salt & pepper: Essential seasonings that elevate the other flavors.
  • Fresh parsley: Adds a pop of color and fresh, herbaceous notes for garnish.
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Let’s Cook

Start by boiling a pot of water. Once it’s bubbling, gently place your chicken breasts in. Let them swim around until they’re fully cooked—this usually takes about 25-30 minutes. When they’re done, the water will have mostly evaporated, leaving the chicken perfectly poached.

Take the chicken out and let it cool down a bit in a large bowl. It’s shredding time! You can use a hand mixer for quick work or go traditional with two forks. Season your shredded chicken with salt, pepper, and a generous helping of Hungarian paprika. Mix it all together so every strand gets a hit of that spice.

Building the Flavor

Now, wipe out your pot and get it back on the heat. Melt some butter until it’s nice and frothy, then throw in your chopped onions. Stir them around until they soften and become your base layer of flavor, which takes about 3-4 minutes.

Next up, the diced tomatoes. Let everything simmer until the tomatoes break down and the liquid is mostly gone. This is your cue to sprinkle in the flour, which will help thicken up our dish. Stir in the rest of your Hungarian paprika, coating everything evenly in that vibrant, sweet spice.

The Final Touches

Pour in the chicken and garlic broths, and let the pot simmer for about ten minutes. This is when all those flavors start to marry and get to know each other. Add your shredded chicken back into the mix. Keep the heat going until everything is bubbly and heated through.

Turn off the heat and stir in the Greek yogurt. This will give your paprikash a creamy texture and a bit of tang. Adjust your salt and pepper to taste. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with some fresh parsley to add a pop of color and freshness.

Paprikash Perfection: Tips & Tricks

  • Season generously with salt and pepper: Salt and pepper are more than just seasonings; they’re essential for bringing out the full flavor of the chicken and the sauce. Taste as you go and adjust according to your preferences.
  • Don’t rush the onion sauté: The onions should become translucent and soft, which builds a foundational flavor. Rushing this step can result in less flavor development.
  • Correctly measuring Hungarian paprika: Paprika can clump, so make sure to break it down before measuring to get the right amount. This ensures the flavor is balanced, not overwhelming.
  • Balancing the flour: Too much flour can make the sauce too thick, and too little won’t thicken it enough. Start with the recommended amount and adjust as necessary.
  • Integrating the Greek yogurt: Add the yogurt off the heat to avoid curdling. Stir well for a smooth, creamy sauce.
  • Shredding the chicken: Whether you use two forks or a hand mixer, aim for uniform pieces to ensure each bite is infused with the paprika and sauce flavors.
  • Garnishing with parsley: Don’t skip the parsley! It adds not just color but a fresh, clean taste that cuts through the richness of the dish.
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As we close out Harry Potter week with a dish inspired by Ginny Weasley herself, consider this paprikash a little slice of the Weasley household’s warmth and comfort. It’s straightforward, filled with flavor, and just the thing for anyone looking to bring a touch of magic to their dinner table. This recipe is a nod to the strength and spirit of Ginny Weasley, wrapped up in the kind of meal that feels like home. So, gather your friends or family around the table and serve up a dish that’s sure to be a hit, whether you’re in the wizarding world or just aiming to add a bit of its charm to your everyday meals.

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Ginny Weasley’s Paprikash | Harry Potter Inspired Recipes

The Starving Chef
A hearty, flavorful paprikash inspired by Ginny Weasley, perfect for bringing a touch of the magical Harry Potter world to your table.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Fictional Feasts
Cuisine Harry Potter Inspired
Servings 6



  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the chicken breasts and boil until they are cooked through, and most of the water has evaporated, about 25-30 minutes.
  • Transfer the boiled chicken breasts to a large bowl. Use a hand mixer to shred the chicken (or alternatively, use two forks to shred by hand). Season with salt, pepper, and 3 tablespoons of Hungarian paprika. (Note: The original instructions mentioned to season with paprika here, but the quantity was not specified; thus, it has been clarified to use 3 tablespoons for this step.)
  • Pour out the water used to boil the chicken and return the pot to the heat. Add the butter. When frothy, add the chopped onions and stir until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes to the pot. Bring to a rolling simmer and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in the flour to help absorb the remaining liquid. Add the remaining ⅓ cup of Hungarian paprika and stir until everything in the pot is evenly coated.
  • Pour the chicken broth and garlic broth into the pot. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for about ten minutes. Add the shredded chicken to the pot and continue to heat through, about another 5-10 minutes, until the soup is bubbling.
  • Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the Greek yogurt until the soup achieves a light orange-red color. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired, and enjoy alongside your magical family as they prepare to return to Hogwarts.
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