Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gulyasleves (Hungarian Goulash)


Gulyasleves
(Hungarian Goulash)
makes 6 servings
(Hungary)

Just as there are  as many recipes for "Italian Gravy", tomato sauce to you non-Italians, so are there as many recipes for Goulash as there are Austro-Hungarian families.  This is a recipe I derived from combining the "best" of several "genuine" family Goulash recipes.  The secret to this or any other Goulash (or any stew recipe for that matter) is to cook the stew slow and low for a very long time  until the beef is "fall apart" tender.

Ingredients

2 pound  beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 14.5-ounce cans of diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon. salt
2 large yellow onions, chopped
2 tablespoons lard or shortening
3 tablespoons imported sweet paprika (use real Hungarian paprika for the best flavour)
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1 quart of  beef broth
4 peeled and diced potatoes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

dumpling batter:

1 egg
6 tablespoon  flour
1/8 teaspoon of Kosher or sea salt 

Preparation

1.  In a large, heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat sauté the chopped onions in the shortening until they browned.  Add the cubed beef sprinkling it  with 1/2  teaspoon of salt and continue cooking the beef until it  browns and is nicely caramelized.  Sprinkle the caramelized beef with the paprika and flour, stir.

2.  Stir in the 2 cans of tomatoes and their juices, the tomato paste,  the bay leaves, the black  pepper, and the red wine vinegar.  Reduce the heat to produce a slow simmer. Let beef simmer, uncovered  for 1 hour.

3.  Add the beef broth, the diced potatoes and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cover and simmer until potatoes are done and meat is tender. Prepare egg dumpling batter as follows:

4.  Mix together the  flour,  the  egg (unbeaten), and salt.  Let the batter stand for 1/2 hour

5.  Drop the batter, by the teaspoonful, into Goulash. After the  dumplings rise to surface, cover the pot and simmer 5 minutes until the dumplings are fully cooked.  Serve hot accompanied by sour cream to add in dollops to the goulash.

1 comment:

Amateur Cook said...

Unfortunately the picture you posted for this isn't coming through. But I can imagine what it looks like judging by the recipe. Delicious! Great recipe.

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