When you're looking for something to cook with some ground beef or some stew meat, and you're not sure what, you really can't go wrong with Goulash. It's easy and tasty. In this case, I happened to have a pound of stew meat wrapped up and frozen, and I thought I'd use it. I just did a few 'net searches to get an idea of what to put in, and this is what I came up with.
Mark's Dutch Oven Goulash
- 2 med onions
- 2 stalks celery
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 lb stew beef (or ground beef)
- 1-2 cups chicken stock
- 1 can corn, drained
- 2 small cans tomato sauce
- 1 lb bag of egg noodles
More optional ingredients to consider in the third step:
- Paprika (the stronger stuff)
- Crushed red peppers
- A bit of milk or cream (like a quarter or half cup)
I just started off with a lot of coals underneath my 12" dutch oven, with a little oil in the bottom (maybe a tablespoon's worth, or a capful). While that was getting good and hot, I sliced up the onions, the celery, and minced the garlic. Once the dutch oven was hot, I dropped the first set of ingredients in, and sauteed them.
Here's a hint, by the way, about onions. Don't store them outside, or, like I did, in your garage in the winter. They partly froze, and so they didn't sautee and carmelize very well. They still tasted OK, just not as good as they would've if I'd known. But now you know!
Once the onions were as done as they were gonna get, I moved them aside, and put the meat in to brown.
Step three was to add almost everything else (except the noodles). At that point, it was all pretty runny, more like a soup. I was a bit nervous, actually. I considered adding some kind of flour or other thickener, but decided to wait and see what would happen after the noodles cooked. That turned out to be a wise choice. By the time the noodles were "al dente", they had absorbed much of the liquid and it was a nice, thick goulash. The family loved it!
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