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Goulash

There are many types of goulash from around the world. But goulash actually originated in Hungary. It is a stew of meat, noodles, and/or vegetables that is prominently seasoned with Paprika. The meat is slow cooked in broth and the muscle of the meat is cooked down into gelatin to thicken the broth to make the stew. In parts of the United States, Goulash is a dish prepared with leftovers and then added to noodles or potatoes. I like saying Goulash, it just sounds like a fun and mysterious food dish that you want to eat! What type of Goulash were you raised with and have you ever tried a traditional Hungarian Goulash before?

A Loose Hungarian Goulash

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Growing up we always had a dinner dish that we would call Goulash. It was made with macaroni noodles, ground beef, corn, and some sort of red pasta sauce. I loved it and still do. After I got married and would cook it up my husband always asked why it was called Goulash. I never knew so I finally googled goulash and found all sorts of varieties of the dish. I learned that Goulash really originates in Hungary and is a little, if not a lot, different than anything I ever ate called goulash. So I wanted to try to cook a Hungarian Goulash.

This is a pretty easy recipe to make as it is slow cooked in a pot allowing all the flavors to meld nicely. I served it on fettuccine noodles since I couldn’t find any egg noodles and they were just fine! This is not a true Hungarian Goulash recipe but my own version with what I had on hand in the kitchen!

Delicious Rating: Interesting to say the least. I liked it but not my favorite meal. The paprika is a nice taste in the dish and you can thicken the sauce with more cornstarch depending on what you prefer. I don’t think I am a chunk beef eater, I love beef and steak just not chunks of beef…so maybe I wasn’t leaning towards this recipe. My DH loved it and said it was a nice alternative to any other meat red sauce on pasta. What about you, like or not like?

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