Saturday, April 14, 2012
Meat & Potatoes Goulash
For years I tried to decipher what my husband was telling me about a favorite dish his mother made - goulash. Now to me, I think American goulash - as in a tomato-based sauce and macaroni noodle dish with a little ground meat. He being Polish - well, he had a whole other picture in his mind that being a non-cook he could not describe in a way that I was understand.
Finally, we had this discussion when visiting his parents and his mother cracked up laughing. Her version of goulash, was to take about a pound of ground meat, and perhaps some fresh diced onions or mushrooms if she had the energy and had them on hand, saute them, add a packet of onion soup mix, water and flour to make a gravy, and serve it over mashed potatoes. Having 12 children, she made whatever quantity needed from that 1 pound of ground meat and 1 packet of onion soup stretch to feed however many kids were home by adding water and flour to create gravy in any quantity and a huge batch of mashed potatoes. That was her favorite fast and cheap dinner to make after putting in a day's work.
So I finally was able to create the right goulash for my husband and its a huge hit with my kids too - I can always be assured they will clean their plates. I've played with it slightly over the years and it can be adjusted very easily to what you have on hand - here's what I made recently:
Posted by April S.