Authentic Hungarian Goulash

    3 hours 50 min

    This recipe was given to me by my sister, who got it from a Hungarian lady in 1961.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 large onions, diced
    • 900g diced braising steak
    • 1/8 teaspoon caraway seed
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 5 tablespoons paprika
    • 500ml water
    • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:3hr30min  ›  Ready in:3hr50min 

    1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Saute onions until soft, then add beef and brown. Stir in caraway seed, marjoram, garlic and paprika. Pour water over all, lower heat to low and simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
    2. Add potatoes and cook until tender, another 45 minutes to 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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    this was lovely an heart warming as a meal. so easy too which is always good! i did however have to add more than the 500ml of water even before the potatoes were added. that was simmering at the lowest my cooker goes? did anyone else have that problem? or find how the added red wine went with it added?  -  08 Mar 2012


    Something else. Added a robust red wine when cooking. I wonder why the recipe does not include wine? I haven't eaten it yet so perhaps there is a good reason!  -  26 Feb 2010


    Really tasty and yet so simple. The beef just melt in your mouth. Will be definitely cooking this again.  -  23 Sep 2009