➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson
Learn how to make goulash, aka Gulasch, the way Oma (that's me) makes it!
It's one of my best beef recipes and it's similar to a Hungarian goulash recipe.
The main difference is that the Hungarian ones usually have potatoes added and the German ones don't. But, now-a-days, even that difference doesn't always exist. :) yet some argue about this!!!
Instead of arguing over where goulash comes from, let's just enjoy it!
And, it's so easy to make! REALLY!
Easy, because it's actually quite quick to put together. Once that's done, it's just a matter of waiting for it to cook to delicious tenderness, with the flavors amplified because of the browning process.
The name goulash originally comes from the Hungarian word "Gulyas" - meaning cowboy, or herdsmen. Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with goulash, well here it will make sense. While on cattle drives, the herdsmen would pick out the weaker cattle in the bunch and butcher them for stew. A stew similar to our German Gulasch!
Oma's goulash is a fun recipe to make and because it's so easy, it's the perfect recipe to make with the grandkids. It can be very versatile as well. You can alter the spices to whichever you prefer, or add more veggies. Perhaps celery, or potatoes.
This recipe is so comforting and heartwarming. Just imagine cozying up on the couch on a cold winters night with a hot bowl of goulash. Why keep imagining, go make Oma's Goulash recipe now!
A northern German tradition is to serve the goulash over boiled potatoes. In southern German, it needs to be served with Spätzle, a homemade noodle. Above, I've served it with creamed Brussels Sprouts. Though, many love this served over hot mashed potatoes.
This is a cold weather favorite throughout Germany as well as at our house.
Use this method of how to make goulash and then alter it according to your likes. You can add whatever your family loves ... veggies, peppers, extra spice. Will this be traditional goulash? Nope. But, it will become a traditional dish for your family, one that they love.
I have so many wunderbar memories in the kitchen with my Oma, and have had MANY of her most popular and traditional recipes, like this goulash.
I remember Oma making it for my sister and I once during a sleepover weekend. We loved our sleepovers at Oma and Opa's growing up! It meant staying up late, outside adventures, and of course, lots of Oma's yummy snacks and dishes!
We enjoyed our Goulash served over mashed potatoes (my sisters favorite), as we all watched movies together. I recall making this recipe with Oma again when I was older, most likely for a family get-together.
Everyone LOVES this goulash, with it's tender buttery beef and bold flavors, how could you not love that! Let's not forget that it's super simple, and made German...the best way!
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Here's my secret to a delicious goulash:
It's really that simple. That's where the flavor starts. And then the onions, too. The darker, without getting black, the more flavor there is. Wunderbar! Lecker!
Let's talk about leftovers!
Even though this recipe is oh-so delicious, it's hard to believe there could be any leftovers! But let's say you've made a huge pot of Goulash for a family get together, and just don't know what to do with all your leftovers. No problem! Like most soups will, Goulash will save just fine in the freezer.
Send your dinner guests home with a little doggie bag, and let them know they can save their leftovers by freezing them. After-all, some things really DO taste better the next day!
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