Hungarian cuisine is known for its rich and hearty dishes. One popular Hungarian recipe is Goulash, a flavorful meat stew typically made with beef and paprika. Here’s a concise recipe for Hungarian Goulash:
- 500 grams beef stew meat (cut into cubes)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion (finely chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 tablespoons sweet Hungarian paprika
- 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 2 medium potatoes (peeled and diced)
- 2 carrots (peeled and sliced)
- 1 red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes (canned or fresh)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sour cream and chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
- Add the chopped onions and minced garlic to the pot and sauté until the onions become translucent.
- Add the beef cubes to the pot and cook until browned on all sides.
- Stir in the sweet Hungarian paprika and caraway seeds, coating the meat and onions with the spices.
- Add the diced potatoes, sliced carrots, and diced red bell pepper to the pot. Stir well to combine the ingredients.
- Pour in the beef broth and crushed tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the Goulash simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the meat becomes tender and the flavors meld together.
- Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove the pot from the heat and let the Goulash rest for a few minutes before serving.
- Ladle the Goulash into bowls and, if desired, garnish with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley.
- Serve the Goulash hot with crusty bread or traditional Hungarian egg noodles called “nokedli.”
Note: Hungarian Goulash can be customized by adding other vegetables such as green beans or mushrooms, according to personal preference. Adjust the amount of paprika to achieve the desired level of spiciness. Enjoy the comforting flavors of Hungarian Goulash!