Martha’s Ghastly Ghoulash?

22 Oct


from Martha Stewart


This maybe the winner. This looks amazing. Beef, bacon, potatoes and egg noodles? I’m in. I’d say this guy could be a no-brainer  for the main dish. Also, Martha said we can make it in advance. Lovely.


Serves 10 to 12

  • 2 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose f lour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 fresh oregano, plus extra leaves for garnish
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 12 ounces Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 ounces thick bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 10 ounces small white mushrooms, (quartered if large)
  • 1 box (10 ounces) frozen pearl onions, thawed and drained
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • Caraway Egg Noodles, for serving


  1. Toss beef with salt, pepper, and flour in a medium bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over mediumhigh heat until hot. Brown half of beef on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer beef to a plate with a slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining beef and 2 tablespoons oil.
  2. Add onion to fat in pot; cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute. Add wine; cook, stirring up brown bits, until most liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  3. Return beef to pot. Stir in paprika, tomatoes, stock, tomato paste, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Cover; reduce heat. Gently simmer until meat is just tender, about 11/2 hours.
  4. Stir in carrots and potatoes; continue to simmer until vegetables and meat are very tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a dry large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Add mushrooms, pearl onions, and bell pepper to fat in skillet; cook until vegetables are tender and golden brown, and liquid has mostly evaporated. Add to goulash. 6. Season goulash with salt and pepper, if necessary. Garnish with bacon pieces and oregano. Serve with caraway egg noodles.
From Halloween 2004

Read more at Ghastly Ghoulash – Martha Stewart Recipes


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