Gierula Family Beef Goulash

Beef Goulash

It is tradition that I make this every Halloween for our boys and we call it Ghoul-lash. With only 3 main ingredients, once you’ve got it cooking on the stove, you can turn your attention to other things like handing out candy to trick or treaters.

Beef Goulash is a Slavic peasant dish created with just three ingredients because by the end of winter those were the only ingredients some families had on hand. Equal parts beef and onions and a healthy dose of paprika, it is delicious served over a bed of egg noodles with a dollop of sour cream.

¼ cup unsalted butter

¼ cup olive oil

5 lbs. Gauker beef cubes or a Gaukere roast cut into 1” cubes

Salt and pepper

5 lbs. yellow onions, chopped

¼ cup Hungarian Paprika

3 cups beef stock

2 lbs. broad egg noodles, cooked and sour cream for garnish

Heat 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pot over high heat. Season meat with salt and pepper and cook in batches, adding more butter and oil as needed. Cook until meat is well browned on all sides and transfer to a plate.

Reduce heat to low, add onions, cook, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent about 15 to 20 minutes. Return meat to the pot and add paprika and stock. Stir well to combine. Cook, covered over very low heat, stirring occasionally until meat is tender and the sauce has thickened about 1 ½ to 2 hours.

Serve over egg noodles with a dollop of sour cream and enjoy!


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