My Goodness, My Goulash

March 1, 2010

If the USA team won the gold medal in hockey, this title would have been Gold Medal Goulash, however, since I drowned my sorrows of our loss in Guiness, I thought this was also appropriate.  Enjoy…and be proud of our boys that came home with the silver.  We’ll meet again in Rio!

Hungarian Goulash

4 tbsp. evoo
2 yellow onions, chopped
2 lbs. beef chuck, trimmed
   and cut into 1⁄2″ cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground
   black pepper, to taste
1⁄4 cup sweet paprika
2 tsp. dried marjoram
2 tsp. caraway seeds
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, diced
2 medium parsnips, diced
1 1⁄2 lbs. medium new potatoes, peeled
   and cut into 1⁄2″ cubes
1 tomato, diced
1 Italian frying pepper, diced

1. Heat oil in a 5-qt. dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to high. Add beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook, uncovered, stirring only once or twice, until the meat is lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Stir in paprika, marjoram, caraway, and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add carrots, parsnips, and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium. Simmer, covered, until the beef is nearly tender, about 40 minutes.

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2. Add potatoes and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 55 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and peppers; cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with rye bread, if you like.  (The Rye bread really makes it, so I would def. serve with it!)

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Serves 4 – 6.

Recipe adapted from Saveur.

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