Anna's Family Kitchen was inspired by my love of food and desire to feed my family healthy, home cooked wholesome meals that are beautifully presented and appealing but don’t require hours of prep in the kitchen.

Beef Goulash

I made this at the request of Merrick who was a regular visitor to the Tunbridge Wells homeless charity. Thankfully Merrick now has a job and a permanent address but on one of his visits to the shelter he told a volunteer that the meal he most misses making and eating is Goulash. I was told there were clean plates all round at the shelter and there were in my house too when I made it for family.

Serves: 6

Prep: 15 minutes
Cooking: 3 1/2 hours
Total: 3 hours 45 minutes

Difficulty: easy



1.2kg feather steak, shin or stewing steak
3 tbsp flour
2 onions sliced
3 red peppers sliced
4 garlic cloves crushed
3 tbsp tomato purée
3 tbsp paprika
200g fresh plum tomatoes or 1 can chopped
400ml beef stock
150ml white wine
150g soured cream

If possible source the meat in large pieces – it saves time when searing. Season the flour and toss the meat in the flour.

Heat a large casserole and add some oil. Sear the beef in batches. Set aside.

Add 1 tbsp more oil and add the onions, peppers and garlic. Colour for 10 minutes before adding the tomato purée and paprika.

Slice the meat into large chunks about 2 inches square. Add the beef and the juices to the pan followed by the tomatoes, wine and stock.

Bring to a simmer, cover with wet parchment (to keep in moisture) and a lid and put in the oven at 150 for 3 1/2 hours. Alternatively you could put it in a slow oven or low oven (120) for 6-8 hours.
When ready to serve stir in the soured cream. You may wish to serve more soured cream on the side.

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