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Tasty Mushroom Goulash--A Dinnertime Favorite
Simple to Make, Yet So Flavorful
A Delicious Dinner Dish
This is one of the easiest dishes to make and yet it tastes so good. With so few ingredients, it's surprising it has so much flavor, but it's simply delicious. When I first heard what went into mushroom goulash, I couldn't see that it would be anything special--that is, until I tasted it. A couple of bites and I was hooked! In short order, this dish became a family favorite. Whenever we wanted something easy and very tasty, we always made mushroom goulash.
As I touched on, mushroom goulash uses few ingredients, yet it has an unbeatable flavor. Best of all, it can be made top-of stove with minimal effort or time. It is every bit as good the next day when reheated and can be frozen for additional meals. Whenever I make it, I make a huge pot, for a plentiful supply of delicious left-overs.
Think of crispy fried hamburger and soft velvety broad noodles covered with creamy mushroom gravy. This would be good enough but when you add in the garlic, magic happens. It is the combo of those last two ingredients that gives this dish its distinctive flavor. It's not hard to see why this goulash is a favorite supper dish with many others, as well.
The flavors improve as goulash sits, so it is even better when reheated for subsequent meals. It really doesn't get much better than this.
The Marriage of Mushroom and Garlic Creates Mealtime Magic
Creamy mushroom soup and garlic make a fab combo.
- 1 lb. hamburger
- 2-6 cloves garlic
- 2-3 cans creamy mushroom soup, Do not add water for each can
- sliced mushrooms, to preference
- 1 pkg. broad or egg noodles
- garlic powder, to preference
- pepper, to taste
Ready to Get Started?
Grab a fry pan and a large pot and you are ready to begin.
You Start With Cooked Hamburger
- Brown 1/2-1 lb. of ground beef. Break up hamburger with a fork while it cooks, so that it is loose and not in clumps. Drain off grease.
- Add in (2-6 cloves of crushed garlic) and continue cooking and stirring meat, so that it is well-cooked.
- Add in sliced mushrooms (if you have them on hand) and continue frying. Mushrooms are optional and while they add a nice touch, you can still make this dish without them.
- Sprinkle pepper over the meat mixture.
- Add in 2-3 cans of Campbell's mushroom soup to the meat mixture. Do not add water to the empty cans and do not substitute for a cheaper brand of soup. Campbell's is creamier than other brands. Stir carefully and allow to cook, so that no soup lumps remain and all is smooth and thick.
- While the mushroom soup and meat mixture are slowly cooking, cook up a package of flat broad or egg noodles in the large pot.
- When noodles are cooked, drain them and return to the pot.
- Add the meat and mushroom soup mixture to the noodles. Stir well to combine all ingredients.
- Check for flavor and if needed, add some garlic powder. Garlic is an important ingredient for this dish, so don't be afraid to use lots of it.
- When ready to serve goulash, grate some fresh pepper over top.
Do not add water to the soup.
Crushed Garlic Bumps up the Flavor
Sliced Mushrooms Add a Nice Touch to Goulash
Cook Up One Package of Noodles
- Mushroom goulash makes a perfect quick Friday night meal. Make lots of it and serve it over the weekend.
- This makes for a good side dish for entertaining. It's inexpensive and a large pan can be easily made, so it's ideal if you are serving a crowd.
- Make a large batch of goulash, pop it into a large roasting pan, and take it to a potluck, if you are asked to provide a casserole or dinner dish.
Have You Tried Mushroom Goulash?
- As goulash sits, it absorbs the mushroom gravy, so if you want to make it creamy again, simply add in another can of mushroom soup and heat again.
- If you've made a large batch of goulash for a crowd, and want to reheat it without the noodles becoming too large or soft from overcooking, place all in a large, greased enamel roasting pan and heat open-faced in oven. Check to make sure that contents don't stick to the pan bottom and stir around the sides to prevent sticking.
- Noodles, as they sit, tend to absorb flavor, so when reheating, give your goulash a flavor boost by adding more garlic powder.
- Leftover goulash can also be refried on top-of-stove. Add oil to a fry pan and heat, then add goulash.
Every Bit as Tasty the Next Day
Have you had left-over goulash?
Meatless Mushroom Goulash
If you are a vegetarian, and still would like to make goulash, simply substitute a pkg. or two of vegetable protein "Just Like Beef" mixture in place of the hamburger. This can be fried in an oil of your choosing and crushed garlic added.
If you are vegan, substitute the egg noodles for eggless noodles and instead of mushroom soup, make your own mushroom sauce to add to your goulash.
Why You'll Savor the Flavor and Make This Dish Again and Again
We all know that some ingredients go together particularly well and certain flavor combinations produce truly remarkable results. As touched on in this article, this is true of mushroom and garlic. Flavorful enough on their own, when they are combined, the "taste factor" ramps up considerably. Add in "easy to make" and you've got a stand-by dish you can turn to again and again for reliable and delicious results.
© 2008 Athlyn Green