Monday, February 15, 2010

Hungarian Goulash

Well I am kind of resigned to the fact that winter will be with us a little longer.  I am making the most of it by enjoying some cold weather activities:   catching some of the Olympic events, reading food magazines, and watching movies.  I am also enjoying some hearty and comforting winter cuisine such as this tasty Hungarian Goulash served over buttered egg noodles.  Make sure to use a good quality Hungarian paprika.  I also like to mix in a dollop of sour cream when serving.  Maybe winter isn't so bad after all! 

This recipe was published by edibleJersey magazine - a wonderful quarterly magazine that celebrates food from the Garden State! 

Chef Aichem states, "Hungarian beef goulash is one of the first recipes I cooked with my father. I’m 42 now, and even after 30 years, I haven’t tired of the warmth and comfort this recipe brings to the soul in wintertime".

Recipe courtesy of edibleJERSEY magazine and
Heinrich K. Aichem, Chef de la Cuisine Black Forest Inn, Stanhope, NJ

11/2 pound beef stew meat, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon ground caraway seeds (I ground whole caraway seeds)
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh marjoram, chopped
2 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons tomato puree
1 quart beef stock

Sauté beef in a skillet, browning on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
In same skillet, add butter, onion, garlic, lemon zest and caraway. Add thyme and marjoram as well. Saute until onions are soft, then add paprika, tomato puree and beef stock.
Simmer and add beef, cooking until meat is fork tender.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with egg noodles and your favorite Merlot or Syrah wine. (Serves 4.)


  1. This looks delicious and is perfect for this time of year.

  2. Oh wow, this looks so warming and delicious. My mother in law is from Hungary and when I was first married she came to stay with us and started to make this for me. She absolutely flipped out when I didn't have a 'proper' paprika for the dish, lol! So your comment on a good paprika gave me a good chuckle....its VERY important!
    This stuff is so good.

  3. Jen - Thanks for posting this recipe. It looks great. I like reading Edible NJ too. I ate quite a few goulashes like the one you posted (only more red I guess they had more paprika) on my recent trip to Italy. In the area near Austria, the cooking definitely has a germanic/slavic accent. But they were served with polenta, not noodles - or thinned out as soups. I want to make some real soon.

  4. That looks comforting, hearty and delicious.

  5. Total comfort food from the inside out, and perfect for this darn winter. Spring, where the heck are you?

  6. Looks like comfort food to me...and with all that snow you guys are having this should be perfect.

  7. This looks delicious and hearty- perfect for the lingering cold.Thanks for sharing Jen!

  8. I want to try this cause I don't think I've had anything Hungarian. Sounds great!

  9. I would love your Hungarian Goulash dish! I can see why t would be a favorite for the cold months-it's just a warm the body and soul food.
    Great post!

  10. This looks really delicious! I have never had anything like this before and now I totally want to try it...yum!

  11. I am getting SO SICK OF WINTER! But I know you guys in New Jersey are getting hit with some crazy snow! It keeps skirting around Manhattan for some reason!I could cuddle up on the couch with a dish of this, that's for sure!

  12. I love goulash and anything on egg noodles.....I saw this in Edible NJ!
    Your photo is great!
    PS I promise you will love the roasted cauliflower, grapes and red onions, it's a no brainer!

  13. My favorite thing about winter are the delicious, comforting meals like this! When I was a kid my mom used to make Hungarian Goulash all the time...I've never actually made it myself though...I need to! :) Your recipe looks fantastic!

  14. Very nice photo Jen, and a great dish! I haven't had a good goulash in ages. I have a bag of nice thick egg noodles in my pantry and like you, it feels like winter will never end, I should make this!