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favorite hungarian goulash

Updated on December 21, 2013

favorite hungarian way stewing meat

JANUARY is always again the most special month of everyone's year. First of all, it's the FIRST month of a brand new year with a lot of new promises, new affirmations, new statements, after a long old year, that's gone. Everyone wants to start with a fresh new page. So, who hasn't a new list of resolutions?

But it's also a special month, because we are still enjoying and closing a wonderful festive month December, still enjoying Christmas and New Year Holidays. And it really just ends only around 6th of January, celebrating Epiphany, or The Three Oriental Wise Kings Celebration, remembering the baptism of the Newborn Jesus.

Further January also seems to be a very special month, because it's a food month. So January is known as a Bread Machine Baking Month, a National Candy Month, National Egg Month, National Hot Tea Month, National Meat Month, National Oatmeal Month, National Soup Month, National Wheat Bread Month, a Prune Breakfast Month... and so on. Do YOU know another month, dedicated so many times to a "food related topic"?

But what does mean January especially for me?

For me personally, January is first of all the month of my Birthday (7th of January, the Day after Biblical Magi Celebration). This year it's my 60th Birthday, a special moment in my life. Because in a short period I also became first time a Grandfather of my (first) grandson (3 months ago), but also in one month from now, I will be retired (1th of February), after a career of 35 years as school psychologist.

And related to the topic of "food", January is for me, as a Winter Month, the month of "stews" and "one pot meals". So my favorite meal (after the "Potato Carrot Stew"), is: a Hungarian Goulash. So this lens is dedicated to January, the month of meat, the month of the Hungarian Goulash, a perfect Winter dish.

INGREDIENTS for a delicious Goulash

* 2 kg of beef (stewing meat), cutted in small cubes

* 1 kg of red peppers

* 1 kg of onions

* 1 kg of tomatoes

* 1 kg of fresh mushrooms

* 1 great or few little tins of tomato puree

* spices: red cayenne pepper; 5 blocs of meat broth; paprika powder; 5 cloves of garlic

Handwritten Grandmothers Hungarian Goulash Recipe

We never throw away any "handwritten" recipe

How to PREPARE the most delicious Goulash

* stick the meat to the pan

* add all vegetables, cutted in little pieces

* add water; half of a cup is enough

* let simmer all for about 15 minuts

* shake gently all vegetables to the bottom

* add one big tin (or few little tins) of tomato puree

* crucial moment: let simmer your goulash for at least one and half hours

If you wish: add some pieces of carrots and/or cooked potatoes.

You can prepare this Goulash on TWO different ways:

- OR like explained, to have a REAL Goulash...

- OR with less meat, so you prepare more a "Goulash Soup"...

Find your favorite Goulash RECIPE in a Hungarian Cookbook

Best SIDE DISHES for a Hungarian Goulash

There are different "side dishes" to serve with a Hungarian Goulash.

* You can just serve the Goulash with big slices of bread

* With potatoes: Goulash can be served with smashed potatoes or cooked potatoes

* In Belgium Goulash is frequently served with Belgian Fries or potato based croquettes

* In some restaurants Goulash is also served with some pasta, like also Gnocchi, or rice, or even Italian polenta (on "corn flour" based puree).

Goulash served with Potatoes

Goulash with cooked potatoes is one of the many possibilities

Side Dishes

Personal Cookbook Recipes DIARY

In our family we "keep" all "written" recipes, from our parents, grandparents. Trying those recipes, also when we try some recipes from the older or newest cookbooks, we put them in our "personal diary" with all quotations and remarques we have. This "decorated diary" is a souvenir from Javea, Spain; and we use it to save all our favorite recipes.

Treasury of COOKBOOKS in our Kitchen

A small selection of the "cookbook treasury" in our kitchen. A cookbook with general "daily" recipes, a pasta cookbook, a pizza cookbook, a cocktail bible, a pizza cookbook, and on top, our "family recipes diary".

Poll about Goulash

What would be your favorite side dish served with your Goulash?

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Flemish variants of the Goulash Stew


Carbonades or Carbonade Flamande (carbonade a la flamande) is just another variant of a "Goulash like stew", just without the "paprika", not so "spicy". Most ingredients are the same as we use for the Hungarian Goulash, but the Flemish variant is without "paprika", and there is added "beer", or "gingerbread". The taste is not "spicy", but "sweet-sour". Mostly the Flemish Carbonade is served with "belgian fries".

DIARIES for any purposes - Keep your RECIPES saved

Duel Debate Module

Would you prefer Goulash Soup? or Goulash Stew?

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Great post about a glorious meal!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @markez1: thanks for you visit and nice comments on several lenses; enjoy preparing variants of goulash :):):)

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      markez1 4 years ago


      I like it and I am preparing a lot of variant of goulash very often

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @Fran Tollett: just let me know how it tasted?...thanks for your participation on this lens...

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      Fran Tollett 4 years ago

      I will make your recipe. it looks good. Thanks for sharing :-)

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @TheLittleCardShop: just let me know how it tasted...thanks for your nice comment

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      I like Goulash but haven't cooke it before so now i will try it thanks for the recipe :)

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @ChroniclesofaWa: try it and let me know...Thanks for your nice comment

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      I was touched to see the handwritten recipe. That was really sweet of you to still have it. Anyway, I have never tried Hungarian food. I'd love to try your recipe.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Love Hungarian goulash since being a youngster. G-ma used to fix the best and passed the recipe on. For the past 31 years have had the pleasure of eating Hungarian dishes as the significant other is Hungarian. I also appreciate you sharing your family's recipe books and recipes. Thank You for stopping by a couple of my lenses and giving them both a "thumbs up" as I also really appreciate it. (^_^)

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      We grew up with goulash as my aunt married an Hungarian and learned to make it and shared it often!! It's definitely a family fav now!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: try it will discover how delicious it tastes...Thanks for your nice comment

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I loved the handwritten recipe. I have never cooked goulash but might give it a try.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @Jo-Jackson: I keep the "handwritten" recipes as important documents... :))...They are memories of my parents, grandparents...; try the's very delicious...and let me know how it tasted...You can change the "ingredients" if you want it spicier, or less...more or less tomatoes...:)...Thx for your visit and comment

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing this nice recipe.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @LadyDuck: let me know hihi...I can come over and taste your goulash...:) Thx for the nice comment

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @hungry-deer: you make me proud...I would say: enjoy the goulash; thanks for your nice comment

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful recipe, I just wanted a real one!

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      hungry-deer 4 years ago

      We do eat lot of our neighrours recipes. Goulash would be my favourite from hungarian cuisine. Very good lens

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @delia-delia: me too; thx for your nice comment

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @LouisaDembul: I love the meat, and taste...:)))

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Thank You for sharing your recipe!!! I love Stews and Goulash...

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      Goulash sounds really nice. Like the abundance of stuff you put into it.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @crstnblue: I love goulash so much...thx for your visit, squidlike and nice comment

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Love to have another serve of goulash, so tasty... : )