Stranger Than Paprikash: Dinner and a Movie

Staying in? We've got you covered -- both on the culinary and entertainment fronts. Now presenting Dinner and a Movie -- a guide to a do it yourself evening of food and film.

While the 1980's produced gloss rock hair bands and Madonna, it also hosted an outsider jazz/punk/art scene in Downtown New York. In this mix of talent came iconic auteur Jim Jarmusch and his quirky minimalist films peppered with unusual and unusually hip personalities. 

Jarmusch's stripped down style, reflective of the mulit-cultural NY vibe he was a part of, was a comforting respite in the Speilberg/Lucas blockbuster era. In this week's film a pretty 16 year old Hungarian girl turns up at her cousin's doorstep in NY, ready for adventure. 

We paired this minimalist film with a simple recipe for some  Hungarian Comfort Food that packs flavor.

Popcorn: Bacon, Paprika, Apricot, and Smoked Sea Salt

Entrée: Chicken Paprikash

Beverage: We totally felt Phoenix up looking for Hungarian beer to go with that paprika. While beers from Hungary were non-existant , there are plenty of Austrian, Czech, and local beers that will do just fine. Many of the speciality stores we tried carried Hungarian dessert wine and a few had a  red or rose and the digestif, Zwack. 

Get the rundown after the jump.

Film Breakdown: This character driven seemingly absurdist comedy stars jazz musician/ actor/ and artist John Lurie as Willie, a young hipster living in New York. When Willie's cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) shows up unexpectedly, he sees it as burden, until he discovers that he actually likes having her around. 

Make it Double: 

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Michelle Martinez