Hungarian Beef Stew
Hungarian Beef Stew – Here’s a Hungarian-inspired beef stew recipe designed to have tender braised beef packed with paprika flavor.
Pureeing the paprika with roasted red peppers and tomato paste imparted vibrant flavor without the grittiness when using larger quantities of the spice.
Hungarian Beef Stew – Skipping the sear when cooking the meat proved crucial in this goulash recipe – searing competed with the paprika’s flavor
Hungarian Beef Stew -Do not substitute hot, half-sharp, or smoked Spanish paprika for the sweet paprika in the stew, as they will compromise the flavor of the dish.
Since paprika is vital to this recipe, it is best to use a fresh container.
Hungarian Beef Stew – Use chuck-eye roast, but any boneless roast from the chuck will work.
Cook the stew in a Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid. (Alternatively, to ensure a tight seal, place a sheet of foil over the pot before adding the lid.)
Hungarian Beef Stew – The stew can be cooled, covered tightly, and refrigerated for up to two days; wait to add the optional sour cream until after reheating.
Before reheating, skim the hardened fat from the surface and add enough water to the stew to thin it slightly.
Serve the stew over boiled potatoes or egg noodles.
Hungarian Beef Stew Recipe
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees.
Sprinkle meat evenly with 1 teaspoon salt and let stand 15 minutes.
Process paprika, roasted peppers, tomato paste, and 2 teaspoons vinegar in food processor until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down sides as needed.
Combine oil, onions, and 1 teaspoon salt in large Dutch oven; cover and set over medium heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions soften but have not yet begun to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. (If onions begin to brown, reduce heat to medium-low and stir in 1 tablespoon water.)
Stir in paprika mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions stick to bottom of pan, about 2 minutes.
Add beef, carrots, and bay leaf; stir until beef is well coated. Using rubber spatula, scrape down sides of pot.
Cover pot and transfer to oven.
Cook until meat is almost tender and surface of liquid is ½ inch below top of meat, 2 to 2½ hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
Remove pot from oven and add enough beef broth so that surface of liquid is ¼ inch from top of meat (beef should not be fully submerged).
Return covered pot to oven and continue to cook until fork slips easily in and out of beef, about 30 minutes longer.
Skim fat off surface; stir in remaining teaspoon vinegar and sour cream, if using.
Remove bay leaf, adjust seasonings with salt and pepper, and serve.
Hungarian Beef Stew Recipe Ingredients
1 (3 1/2- to 4-pound) boneless beef chuck-eye roast, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (see note)
⅓ cup sweet paprika (see note)
1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and rinsed (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 teaspoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 large onions, diced small (about 6 cups)
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch-thick rounds (about 2 cups)
1 bay leaf
1 cup beef broth, warmed
¼ cup sour cream
ground black pepper