Every year, once I've used up all we can bear of the Old Tom Turkey and his trimmings, I get a yen for something rich, hearty and as far away from the holiday bird as possible. I usually end up going in one of two culinary directions... A big pot of "Sunday Gravy" (aka spaghetti sauce) or the dish that I'm sharing here today.
Hungarian Goulash! I mean, what better way can there be to satiate the burning desire to have a warm hearty gobble-free supper, than a plate full of buttery egg noodles, smothered in rich, tender, beefy goodness? Nuthin', that's what!
This recipe makes enough for a small army of family and friends, but it also freezes beautifully. I'd say it serves about 10 hungry people with enough left over for a hearty lunch or two - or maybe ;~) breakfast??? (unless you have a couple of noodle fiends in your family, who sneak down to the fridge in the middle of the night for a little carb fix)
If you landed on this post because were looking for the ground beef, tomato and macaroni style of goulash that's often called "American Chop Suey" in the Northeast, don't worry... I have a recipe for that too. Just click HERE.
- 5 Lbs lean Stew Beef, cut into 2 inch cubes
- 5 Lbs Yellow Onions, peeled and roughly chopped
- Vegetable Oil, for browning the meat
- 6 Cups Low Sodium Beef Broth
- 1/4 Cup **Sweet Hungarian Paprika
- Salt and Pepper
- 16 oz Cooked Egg Noodles
- 3 Tbls Butter
- Salt and Pepper
- 1-2 Cups Sour Cream, for garnish
Pat the beef cubes dry with paper toweling and season liberally with salt and pepper. Put a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil into a large dutch oven or cast iron pot over medium to medium high heat and brown the beef on all sides in small batches, setting the already done meat aside in a large bowl. It's important not to crowd the pot or the meat won't brown well. (you definitely want those yummy browned bits that are left on the bottom. Remember... brown = flavor!)
Once all of the beef is cooked and set aside, add all of the onions to the pot with a bit more oil if needed. Cook the onions on medium heat until they're soft and lightly caramelized, scraping up the browned bits. When the onions are done, sprinkle in the paprika, stir it well and let the mixture cook for a 3 to 4 more minutes. Add the beef back into the pot, pour in the broth and stir well to combine.
Now... At this point, you have some options.
1) Continue to cook the goulash, uncovered, on the stove top over a low flame for about 3 hours or until the beef is fork tender, the onions have pretty much dissolved and the sauce has thickened. OR,
2) Put the pot in a pre-heated 375 degree oven with the lid slightly ajar for the first couple of hours, then take the lid off, put the pot back on the stove top over a low flame and simmer for the last hour, stirring occasionally. (this is the method that I use) OR,
3) I've never done it this way, but I'm sure you could finish this in your crock-pot on low all day or on high for about 3 or 4 hours. It's kind of hard to over-cook it, but if you do lose track of time and the liquid evaporates a bit too much, you can add more beef broth and let it cook a bit longer to heat through.
Serve this over hot buttered egg noodles, rice or potatoes. It's delicious no matter what you choose. If you're cutting back or avoiding carbs, you can just have it on it's own, like a stew or hearty soup. Add in a veggie or tossed salad on the side and you're good to go! Enjoy!
**Sweet Hungarian Paprika (or it's sister, Hot Hungarian Paprika) can be found in most major grocery stores or specialty food stores. It's important that you use the "real deal", because the standard spice blend versions often have fillers or additives in them. It's a tiny bit more expensive, but it's worth it and it will last quite a while as long as it's closed tightly and stored in a dry place.
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