This is an authentic Hungarian goulash recipe.
It is really a delicious variation of beef stew – with a bit of a twist.
The ingredient that makes this a truly authentic dish is the addition of Hungarian sweet paprika, which gives it it’s distinctive flavor. If you do not have access to Hungarian paprika, don’t worry, just use regular paprika. It will be fine.
This is a wonderful comfort food recipe. I would serve it with green beans and a crisp salad.
- 5 tablespoons butter, or margarine if you prefer
- 1 onion, large, coarsely chopped
- 1 tomato, large, peeled, seeded and chopped coarsely
- 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
- 4 pounds lean beef, cut into 2" pieces
- 3 cups beef stock
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons Hungarian sweet paprika, regular paprika will do as well
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- 1 cup water
- 1 pound egg noodles
- 4 tablespoons sour cream
- Melt the butter or margarine in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the onion, tomato and green pepper. Sauté a few minutes, until onions are soft. Add the beef, beef stock, flour, paprika and red wine. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Add the water, cover and simmer for 90 minutes.
- When the goulash is almost ready, cook the egg noodles in a large pan of boiling water. Drain well.
- Serve the goulash on a bed of noodles, topped with a dollop of sour cream.
- Some recipes call for poppy seeds. They are a nice addition. If you use them, add 3 tablespoons of poppy seeds when you add the wine and beef stock.
This recipe works well as a diabetes diet recipe. Without the noodles, the stew itself is fairly low in carbohydrates. Just add lots of vegetables to your meal.