- Food and Cooking
favorite hungarian goulash
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
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.
Different Goulash Like Stews
In this Cookbook you will find ALL different variants of the Goulash Stew.
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?
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?