BEEF GOULASH, SLOW-COOKER VERSION

I realize it’s not the time for goulash, at least not where we live. But, having just spent a week in Colorado. I also realize this classic Hungarian dish could come in quite handy mid-August.  Highs of low 60’s in the middle of the day, cooling down to 40-something in the evening? That’s goulash-friendly all the way. Come to think of it, using the crock pot in the summer is a pretty nice way to approach cooking. And yes, I’ve been known to enjoy a hearty beef stew in Kansas at the height of the summer and not even feel awkward about it. It is not a common meal for us during this season, but when I get that craving for comfort food, I listen to my body and go for it.

 

CROCK POT BEEF GOULASH
(inspired by America’s Test Kitchen)

2 medium shallots, minced
1/8 cup sweet paprika
¼ cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced (optional)
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 cups chicken broth
⅓ cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon Minute tapioca
2 bay leaves
1 piece of boneless beef chuck (4 to 5 pounds),  cut into 1½-inch chunks
Salt and pepper
⅓ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Season the pieces of beef with salt and pepper and reserve.

In a small skillet, heat the oil, saute the shallots until translucent, add the paprika, tomato paste, garlic, and caraway seeds. Stir until fragrant, transfer the mixture to the slow-cooker. Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, tapioca, and bay leaves. Place the seasoned beef  over the sauce, mix it to coat the pieces.

 Cover and cook until beef is tender, 9 to 11 hours on low. Discard bay leaves. In a bowl, combine 1 cup hot stew liquid with sour cream, then stir the mixture into stew. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve with fresh parsley sprinkled on top. 

ENJOY!

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Comments: If you happen to own this product reviewed a while ago by Mimi, definitely put it to use in this recipe. I have used it in the past, but ran out of it and completely forgot to re-order, Not the type of ingredient easy to find where we live.  As to the recipe, do not get pre-cut stew beef. It is simply not the same as getting a beautiful, marbled piece of chuck roast and cutting it yourself. Especially using the crock pot for so many hours, it makes a difference in the texture of the meat.  The packages sold at the grocery store are usually cut too small and often go through some process to tenderize them. No bueno.

I have a confession to make. After enjoying goulash as it was meant to be enjoyed, over a hot, delicious bowl of buttered noodles, I’ve been known to push the boundaries of fusion cuisine. Leftover goulash going on a date with a corn tortilla might sound a bit odd, but… I find it truly delicious. And if you crumble feta cheese on top, you won’t be hurting my feelings… I might do the same later…

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14 thoughts on “BEEF GOULASH, SLOW-COOKER VERSION

  1. Heavens! Having been married to a Hungarian nobleman and superb chef for over four years I would not have dared to say ‘no’ to ‘goulash’ in its many forms at any time whatever the season 🙂 !! I suppose ‘goulash soup’ was oft the party dish regularly made and served by his Lordship to thirty, forty or more!! !!! Served with csipetke or noodles most of the time ! Have to smile that eight kilo containers of different paprikas sat on one of our kitchen shelves at any one time – like good wine one had to learn the difference on one’s palate!! To each their own, but I would try different mixtures in the middle-range, omit the soy sauce and, health notwithstanding, add a lot more sour cream 🙂 ! Make it heaps more ‘gutsy’ than the American Test Kitchen 🙂 !!

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    • You know how America’s Test Kitchen is, always tweaking and testing a ton of different things – including the tapioca, which is totally non-traditional. But for the most part their stuff is pretty good, so I use it at least as a starting point

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  2. Our weather has been pretty wonky and with so much rain it was comfort food time, I made country captain! I get sick of summer cooking at time and with the rain, comfort good is the way to go.

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  3. Chuck roast is a relatively new discovery for me. I make a Sunday roast with it (low and slow) and truly the meat is incredible – so tender. I love the idea of trying it in the slow cooker and to be honest we could all use a change of flavour too – (you know when you find a recipe you love but you make it maybe once – or 25 times – too often?) – that’s where I’m at with the roast 🙂 bookmarking this puppy for fall or my next craving, whichever comes first! x

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  4. We eat goulash year round! Intrigued by the soy sauce addition, but you lost me, and completely lost me with the corn tortilla for leftovers!!! 🙂 I can’t wrap my head around that! : )
    We make nokedli with our goulash.
    Fun reading your blog!

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