I think the best way to eat beef is by slow cooking it in stew or casserole to make every sinew mouth-wateringly soft especially when using cheap cuts of meat.
Goulash is a Hungarian national dish. This dish is a history in itself.
During the 9th century, goulash or rather gulyas was a staple of Hungarian herdsmen, looking after the cattle. They used to eat cuts of beef boiled with vegetables. The word gulyas actually means herdsmen.
Then came the 15th century and the invasion of the Ottoman Turks. The Turks introduced paprika to Hungary.
Hungary loved paprika.
They embraced paprika into their cuisine in such a big way. Gulyas got the paprika treatment, which we know now as goulash.
To cook an authentic goulash, be generous with the paprika.
Recipe to follow and the postulant cook is experimenting!
The autumn going to winter weather is ideal for stews and casserole as they are warming and filling for extra energy needed by the body to cope with colder temperature.
The above is not Dinuguan (bloodied Pork). It is beef stewed in Guinness, an Irish dry stout, ergo the dark colouring of the dish. Guinness gives a burnt flavour derived from roasted barley. It gives an authentic Irish flavour popular in beef stews of the world 🙂
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1kg stewing beef, cut into large chunks
100 g baby silverskin pickled onions
1 large onion
2 tbsp plain flour
500ml can Guinness
1 beef stock cube
pinch of sugar
3 bay leaves
big thyme sprig
Method of Preparation:
Heat oven to 160C.
Heat the oil using a large lidded casserole pan.
Add the beef and cook until brown, remove with a slotted spatula into a plate, then set aside.
Add the onion to the casserole, and cook until translucent to brown.
Stir in the flour thoroughly.
Return the meat and any juice accumulated in the plate into the cassserole.
Give it a good stir.
Add the silverskin pickle onions.
Pour over the Guinness.
Crumble in the stock cube, give it a stir.
Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar.
Drop in the bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
Cover the casserole with a lid and place in the middle shelf of the oven for about 2½ hrs, check the meat is tender.
Serve with freshly boiled rice or mashed potatoes.
This dish is delicious and heart-warming. Perfect for a family dinner get together.
This is best served with rice and a bit of salad.
It is rather Mediterranean in look and taste.
It would be preferable to marinate the lamb in olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper overnight for maximum taste. However if this was forgotten, it is not the end of the world 🙂 even an hour or two is adequate.
2 lbs boneless lamb, fat trimmed out, then cut into small chunks
Extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 courgette, peeled and sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 can chopped plum tomatoes
200 g baby button mushrooms, quartered
1 cup red wine
1 heaped teaspoon turmeric powder
1 Tbsp dried oregano
Preheat the oven at 180º centigrade.
Heat a large oven-proof casserole pan over medium heat.
Pour in 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into the pan.
Add lamb and cook until golden brown and all the juices have almost evaporated.
Stir in the chopped tomatoes, cook for a couple of minutes until softened.
Pour in the wine, let it simmer for a minutes.
Pour in the can of chopped plum tomatoes.
Mix in the turmeric powder, leave to simmer for a couple of minutes.
Add the bell pepper, courgettes and mushrooms and dried oregano.
Season with salt and pepper accordingly.
Put in the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
This is a delicious family. It is very filling and perfect served with freshly boiled rice or steamed new potatoes or even mashed potatoes.
400g pork shoulder, cut into fairly large pieces about 1½ inches chunks 3 tbsp. Extra virgin Olive oil 8 sprigs thyme, hard stalks trimmed, chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 medium size onion, finely chopped 2-3 bay leaves 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/4 tsp. saffron 170ml. red wine (cheap plonk) 🙂 decent one for drinking 🙂 1 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar 400g fresh chopped tomatoes or 1 can of chopped plum tomatoes 1 medium size green or yellow marrow sliced 150g. flat green beans, topped and tailed and cut into 2 inches lengths
How to make:
Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 180ºC.
Using a casserole pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Once the oil is hot, add the thyme, garlic, onion and bay leaves. Fry for a minute.
Add the pork and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Stir until the pork has turned golden brown all over. This may take about 5 minutes.
Stir in the saffron.
Pour in the wine, vinegar and chopped tomatoes.
Stir all the ingredients well, cover with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes.
Cover the casserole pan and then put it on the middle shelf of the pre-heated oven. Leave for 1 hour.
Check and adjust the seasoning. Also add the marrow and flat green beans.
Cook for a further 40 minutes at a lower temperature of 160ºC.
We had a really yummy mushroom stroganoff at the Equinox Ball last night. I thought then that I would try to cook it at home as my husband and I both adore mushroom. I googled for the recipe and found this on the BBC food website. Seem the recipe is good and really straight forward. I shall try this recipe and post some of my own photos soon, meanwhile the BBC recipe is as follows:
Ingredients 2 tsp olive oil 1 onion , finely chopped 1 tbsp paprika 2 garlic cloves , crushed 300g mixed mushrooms , chopped 150 ml beef or vegetable stock (2 cubes of beef or vegetable bouillon cubes dissolved in 3 cups of hot water) 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 3 tbsp half-fat soured cream small bunch parsley , roughly chopped
Heat the oil in a large non-stick casserole pan and fry the onion until soften, this may take about 5 mins under fairly low heat.
Add the garlic and paprika and cook for a minute.
Turn up the heat to medium to high and add mushrooms, stir frying for 5 minutes.
Pour in the stock and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil.
Turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce had thicken.
Turn off the heat, stir in the sour cream, ensure that the pan is not of the heat as the cream will curdle if heated.