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Hungarian Goulash

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  • Jamie Rahm
    Hungarian Goulash Recipe courtesy Elizabeth Molnar TVFN, Calling All Cooks, Show #CA1D01 1 strip bacon 2 onions, medium dice 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 1/2
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      Hungarian Goulash
      Recipe courtesy Elizabeth Molnar
      TVFN, Calling All Cooks, Show #CA1D01

      1 strip bacon
      2 onions, medium dice
      1 tablespoon olive oil
      2 1/2 pounds stewing beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
      1 garlic clove
      Pinch caraway seeds
      2 tablespoons good quality sweet paprika (see cook's note)
      2 cups warm water
      2 cubes beef bouillon
      2 whole tomatoes, canned
      1 green bell pepper
      4 or 5 potatoes
      2 tablespoons sour cream, plus more for plating
      1 pound prepared spaetzle, as an accompaniment
      Cucumber salad, as an accompaniment, recipe follows

      Cook's Note: using good quality paprika is important. After about a
      year, paprika spice tends to lose its intensity. Use the best quality
      possible!

      In a cold, heavy 6 to 8-quart stewing pot, fry bacon over low-medium
      heat until fat is rendered, and then discard bacon slice.

      Saute onions in the bacon fat for a few minutes, do not allow the
      onions to brown. If bacon does not provide enough fat, add a little
      olive oil to prevent the onions from sticking. When onions become
      glossy, add the beef, sauteing with the onions for about 10 minutes,
      covered, until the meat is browned.

      Meanwhile, chop and crush the garlic with the caraway seeds; add to
      meat and onions. Remove pot from heat. Stir in paprika rapidly with a
      wooden spoon. Immediately after paprika is absorbed, add the warm
      water. The water should just cover the meat, leaving room for
      potatoes.

      Add beef bouillon cubes. Cover pot and cook over low heat for about 1 hour.

      While stew is braising, prepare the tomatoes by cutting into 1-inch
      pieces. Core green peppers and cut into strips. After 1 hour of
      braising, add the tomatoes and green pepper. Add a little more water,
      if necessary and a little more salt if you need it. Simmer slowly for
      another 30 minutes.

      Peel potatoes and cut into bite-sized cubes and set aside in a bowl
      of water. Add potatoes, and cook another 30 minutes until the
      potatoes are fork tender and the goulash is done.

      Once goulash is finished, dissolve sour cream and a little of the
      goulash sauce in a cup. Add to goulash, it should give a creamy
      consistency. Serve goulash with spaetzle on the side, adding an extra
      dollop of sour cream to each plate.

      Cucumber Salad:
      2 cucumbers
      Seasoned salt
      1/2 onion
      1/2 cup white vinegar
      1/4 cup water
      2 teaspoons sugar
      1/8 teaspoon sweet paprika
      Pinch dill, dried or fresh (optional)
      Dollop sour cream (optional)

      Peel and slice cucumbers very thinly. The side of a metal grater with
      the wide slots works best here, or you can use a mandoline. Place
      cucumbers in a flat dish and sprinkle throughout with salt, making
      sure that all the slices are salted. Leave to rest for 30 minutes.
      The salt will draw the moisture out of the cucumbers. Cut the onion
      into paper-thin slices and place in a container. Once the cucumbers
      have released water, use your hands to squeeze out the excess water
      and add to the onions. The cucumbers are supposed to be limp, but
      still crisp.

      In a measuring cup mix vinegar, water, sugar and paprika to create a
      vinaigrette. Pour over the cucumbers and onions and marinate in the
      refrigerator for at least 1 1/2 hours.

      Cook's secret: make the cucumbers before the goulash and it will be
      perfectly marinated by the time you are done making the stew!

      Serve with a sprinkle of dill and a little dollop of sour cream if desired.

      The recipes for this program, which were provided by contributors and
      guests who may not be professional chefs, have not been tested in the
      Food Network's kitchens. Therefore, the Food Network cannot attest to
      the accuracy of any of the recipes.

      Yield: 4 to 6 servings
      Prep Time: 45 minutes
      Cook Time: 2 hours
      Difficulty: Medium
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