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Hungarian Goulash

Updated: 2 days ago

Just looking at Hungarian Goulash makes me Hungry. I am not Hungarian but a neighbour from Poland. I love good Goulash and enjoy it in the winter months with a good piece of sourdough bread. I also love to eat it with pasta or boiled potatoes, and binge on it for two or three days while smashing some vodka too. What could go wrong?

What is Goulash?

Goulash is a stew or soup prepared with meat, vegetables and seasoned with paprika. It can be served with the addition of spicy chilli to your preference. The dish comes from Hungary but is very popular in many countries in central Europe.

Hungarian Goulash Food Photography
Hungarian Goulash

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This recipe makes: 6 portions

Preparation time: 35minutes

Cooking time: 1-2h

Ingredients for Hungarian Goulash:

  • 500g (1.1 pounds) of diced beef, stewing cut (lean chuck works well)

  • 2 medium white onions, medium dice

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced

  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced

  • 3 bell peppers (red, yellow and green) big dice

  • 1L of beef stock

  • 200g (7oz) of chopped tomatoes

  • splash of red wine for deglazing

  • 1tsp of paprika

  • 1tsp of smoked paprika

  • 1tsp oregano

  • 1tsp marjoram

  • 1/2tsp caraway seeds

  • 2tbsp of vegetable oil

  • 1tbsp of butter

  • 1tbsp of plain flour

  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • parsley for garnish

How to prepare Hungarian Goulash:

1. Preheat the fan oven to 200C (392F).

2. In a large bowl, mix diced onions, peppers, garlic, 1tbsp of vegetable oil, 1tsp of paprika, 1tsp of oregano, sprinkle of salt and black pepper. Transfer vegetables onto a baking tray and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

3. In the meantime, combine diced beef with 1tbsp of vegetable oil and divide it into two parts. Sear each batch on the high-heat frying pan to brown the meat. Once ready transfer into a medium-sized pot. Add a splash of red wine to deglaze the frying pan and transfer it to the master pot.

4. Add your roasted vegetables plus the sliced carrots into the pot with the meat, cover with the beef stock and season with 1tsp of smoked paprika and 1tsp of marjoram and caraway seeds. Bring to the boil and reduce to simmer, cover the pot with a lid and cook until meat is nice and tender (1h-2h depending on what cut of beef is used)

5. When ready, take off the lid, add chopped tomatoes and adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper.

6. In a small pan melt 1tbsp of butter and combine with 1tbsp of plain flour. Stir the roux into the Goulash to thicken.

7. Serve with toasted sourdough bread and garnished with freshly chopped parsley. Add chilli for some kick or soured cream to break the flavours. Also delicious to serve over pasta, boiled potatoes or pearl barley. Smacznego!

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Hungarian Beef Goulash in the pot
Hungarian Beef Goulash

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