Primal Hungarian Goulash
This goulash recipe also includes fresh bell peppers, tomato paste and vinegar for extra flavor, but a goulash purist will skip all three. If you take goulash very seriously, it’s all about the meat, onions and paprika. Like most hearty dishes that revolve around tender chunks of beef, goulash must be cooked slowly over the course of a few hours. If you really want to taste goulash at its finest, make a point of eating a bowl as leftovers the next day. The more time the ingredients spend together, the better they taste.
Yield: 8 Servings Ready in 45 minutes
Cuisine: Main Ingredient: Beef
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|3 poundsBoneless chuck; 1" cubes|
|1/4 cupOlive oil; or lard or tallow|
|2-3 eachYellow onion; chopped|
|3 tablespoonsHungarian Sweet Paprika; Hungarian Sweet|
|2 clovesGarlic; finely chopped|
|1 teaspooncaraway seeds|
|2 tablespoonsCider Vinegar|
|2 tablespoonsTomato paste|
|1/2 teaspoonsalt plus more to taste|
|1 eachRed bell pepper; chopped|
|1 eachGreen pepper; chopped|
|4 cupsBeef broth|
Primal Hungarian Goulash Preparation
In a heavy deep pot (like a Dutch oven) heat half of the fat over medium-high heat. Add the meat in three batches, removing each batch from the pot after it browns. The meat doesn’t need to be cooked all the way through, just browned on the outside.
Once the meat is out of the pot, add the rest of the fat followed by the onions and paprika. Stir the onions as they cook, for about five minutes.
Add garlic and caraway seeds. Add vinegar and tomato paste and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Add the meat back to the pot along with the salt and bell peppers.
Pour in the broth. The meat should be fully covered by liquid. If needed, add a cup or so of water. Bring to a gentle boil.
Simmer goulash, covered, stirring occasionally, for an hour and half, or slightly longer if meat isn’t tender enough. If you want very little broth, you can remove the lid halfway through the cooking time.
Serve alone in a bowl or over lightly sautéed, thinly sliced cabbage or cauliflower rice.
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