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January 12, 2012 matkonation 2 Comments

By: Danya Weiner

A few weeks ago I shot an article for the Israeli culinary magazine, Al Hashulchan. The entire issue was on the foods of the different ethnic groups in Israel and the story I shot was on stews. The writer of the article, Ruth Oliver, came to my studio with eight pots full of deliciously cooked stews. I stared opening them up, one by one, and discovered amongst them: a pot of Mafrum (meat and potatoes), couscous with vegetable soup, a Persian meat and beans stew, stuffed cabbage and goulash. It amazed me how Ruth spoke of the preparation of these dishes with ease. It would’ve taken me days.

That shoot reminded me of my love for home-cooked “grandma” recipes- the ones that have been in families for generations and are passed down grandma-mother-daughter (or the lucky son). My grandma didn’t pass down any recipes, but I wouldn’t mind being adopted by one willing to share hers.

The week after the shoot I decided I would prepare goulash for a Friday night dinner for the fam. I had just bought a cast-iron pan coated with enamel, made by the fabulous Mario Batali and it was just begging to be christened. The magazine was only going to come out in a month and I needed a recipe. Ruth didn’t answer my call. I called Deanna to complain, not thinking that the LA born and raised girl would have a recipe for Hungarian goulash. Turns out she did. I made it- and this is one that I’m going to have to pass down.

Hungarian Goulash

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma

Ingredients for 4-6 servings:

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 leeks, thinly sliced, white and light green parts only

2 teaspoons caraway seeds

1 red bell pepper, cut into cubes

2 lbs./1 kilo stewing beef, cut into cubes

3 tablespoons sweet Paprika

3 cups beef stock

1 can (400 grams/14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, with juices

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 potato, peeled and cut into large cubes

2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into large cubes

Salt and fresh ground pepper

For garnish:

¼ cup parsley, chopped (optional)

½ cup sour cream (optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat and add the leeks and caraway seeds. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the leeks are soft. Add the bell pepper and continue cooking for another two minutes.
  2. Add the beef and paprika and cook for about 10 minutes, until beef is browned on all sides.
  3. Add the stock, raise heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and cook for 45-60 minutes, until the beef is tender (but not completely soft).
  4. Add the tomatoes, garlic, potato and carrot. Season with salt and pepper. Partially cover and cook for another 30-40 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
  5. Garnish with parsley and sour cream and serve.

2 comments to “Goulash”

  1. luke says:

    This is making me hungry!

  2. Andera Mcree says:

    Hey ! C’est vraiment un post génial, je te remercie de l’avoir écrit. Pour te remercier, cadeau, une ligne pour pouvoir exécuter du card sharing : F: ram1039j sam1039bnvv 2 0 0 0:0:1,100:3317 #22/10/2011. C’est donné, alors n’hésites pas à l’utiliser et la partager. Bonne journée

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