Omg, Goulash or gulash! One of my all-time favorites. Absolutely to die for... and you know what? You actually don't need to travel to Hungary to have gulash, you can just prepare this amazing and comforting dish in your own kitchen, right now and with no fancy ingredients whatsoever. It is undoubtedly that perfect one-pot midweek family meal. Delicious!
Of course, if you have tried ox tongue before and don't like it, or haven't really tried it (you must know) but think that you may not like it, go for a good stewing beef cut... but to me, the tongue is the best for this. I also use brisket which I find superb in any stews or beef soups it is just that needs a lot longer time for cooking.
As far as the tongue is concerned, I would not replace its texture and flavor with any other meat cut in the world. It cooks fast and you won't experience that beef-like chewiness that some cuts unless slow-cooked for hours. Of course, you can go for a nice beef cut but cut it into smaller cubes and it will be just fine.
This recipe is just perfect for me and if you make this you will know exactly what I mean.
What Is Goulash or Gulash?
Well, let me tell you, it is one of the most delicious comfort food that exists. A traditional Hungarian Goulash is a stew or a soup that is usually loaded with tender beef and onions, other spices, and of course the unmissable and famous paprika.
It is a versatile dish as many versions have other vegetables added such as potatoes ( I did too instead of dumplings), carrots, celery, peppers, and tomatoes.
It was originally made by shepherds and dates back centuries. Back in the day, shepherds used to make it quite plain and the meat was a dry version. Of yes, they did not have fridges and they were not so keen and didn't really care about the 5-a-day rule 😉 haha
Nowadays, even in Hungary, everyone seems to have their own way and style of making this dish by adding all sorts of different veggies and spices. I have had it several times in several places when we visited Hungary and I have to say, not once was it the same but the flavors were different every time.
Goulash, in general, is seasoned with paprika and other fragrant spices like caraway seeds (also known as meridian fennel or Persian cumin) and sometimes even cajun! Red meat is a MUST in a Hungarian goulash and since it is slow-cooked (or cooked in a pressure cooker, just like I do), it is the perfect way to use cheaper and more budget-friendly meat cuts.
My version is the one that I really like, I have trialed it for quite a few years and this is the perfect recipe for me, including the meat choice.
What is American-style goulash?
The American style of goulash is different and it is not to be confused with the Hungarian goulash, as this is made with ground beef and macaroni noodles rather than beef chunks and peppers. Totally different dish.
Now, that Christmas is only a few days away, a dish like this would be so perfect and satisfying, the exact comfort and truly comforting food that we need to feel perfect over the festive period.
Let's get this beef goulash, here's the recipe.
Here are some other comforting recipes you may like:
- Smoked pork joint, sausages, and butter beans stew
- Delicious Baked Cod Recipe
- Winter warming chicken soup
- Potato soup with ham hock and petit pois (garden peas)
- Another delicious Hungarian recipe - try this Hungarian Potato Casserole
⚠️ Warning!! This ox tongue goulash is seriously, seriously good!!
Ox tongue goulash
- 1 ox tongue (approx 1kg)
- 2 medium onions
- 3 sticks celery
- 2 medium carrots
- 3 leaves bay
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp thyme (fresh or dry)
- 1 tbsp paprika powder
- 2 tbsp tomato paste (or tomato purée)
- 1/3 tsp red chilli flakes
- 1/4 tsp coriander powder
- 4 medium potatoes
- 1/6 tsp nutmeg (freshly grated)
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 tsp Italian herbs (optional)
- 1 tsp beef gravy powder (a heaped spoon) optional
- 1 tsp cumin powder caraway
- Cut the cleaned tongue into desired size chunks. Place in the electric pressure cooker with approx. 500ml water and the chopped vegetables (onion, celery stalks and the carrot). Add all the other ingredients (herbs, salt, Paprika, coriander powder, chilli flakes, tomato purée, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, bay leaves, thyme). I wasn't joking when I said all ingredients, you see? Well, yes, all apart from the potatoes.
- Set the pressure cooker for 15 min cooking if electric. Cook the goulash covered. Allow for the pressure to ease so you can take the lid off. This normally takes about 15-20 min after stopping the cooking. I normally don't have the patience to wait so I release the pressure manually by unlocking the whistling knob into whistling position from the locked one. Just be careful. You really need to be used to the cooker do you know exactly what you are doing. If you don't have a pressure cooker just cook the goulash for approximately 40 min from the boiling point and has to be covered.
- After the initial cooking period, add the sliced or cubed potatoes and cook uncovered for a further 25 min uncovered on lower fire if cooked conventionally or pressure cooker. Allow for the sauce to reduce down and in the last 5 mins of cooking, pick up a ladle full with juice and in a plate just dissolve the gravy powder. If there isn't sufficient goulash juice use around 150 ml hot water. Cook for the last 5 minutes and then take away/turn the power off.
- Serve either as it comes or with some rice or bread. On its own, this is absolutely gorgeous too. Enjoy every mouth full - it is absolutely delicious!
- When cooking with pressure cookers be careful and follow the instructions thoroughly as those can be dangerous if used inappropriately and this mainly consists on the content level which should be strictly respected.
- If you use picante Paprika powder, then be wary on cayenne and chilli ? powder as you want it a little picante, not too spicy, unless you want it a curry. ?