Unusually for me, I here recommend a foodstuff! It’s a synthesis of a couple of different recipes I found, so probably not authentic Hungary-food, but quite tasty.
Things you will need:
- Stewing beef
- Beef stock
- Caraway seeds
Some of these ingredients seem a bit suspicious but they’re probably OK in moderation. Caraway seeds and paprika come in those little spice pots. Stewing beef is the cheaper, lower-quality sort of beef. You can substitute potatoes for dumplings if you like, and a wholesome vegetable like turnip or carrot could be added if you’re so inclined.
- Cut fat off bacon, fry in pan
- Chop up onions and garlic and fry in bacon fat – add lard if not enough fat
- Chop up bacon into little bits and fry
- Chop beef into bite-sized cubes and fry until brown
- Add paprika and stir in. You should add lots of this as it’s quite tasty. Apparently it’s important to remove pan from heat at this point to avoid burning
- Add beef stock
- Add salt, pepper, and some caraway seeds (not too many)
- Put lid on pan and bubble on low heat for about 50 minutes
- Chop potatoes up into cubes and add to pan
- Increase the heat a little bit and bubble for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are good. Might need to add a bit more water
Here’s one I made earlier:
I’ve made this a couple of times and good results seem easily reproducible. It’s also quite amenable to making in large batches and storing in a tub for later use.