Beef is a traditional ingredient for cooking comfort food. Obviously, the best-known beef recipe is a stew, which seems to have been cooked for hundreds or even thousands of years. There are many beef stew recipes with specifics depending on the country.
On this page, I share a recipe for old-fashioned beef stew from Hungary. Attention, this is NOT the famous goulash that has become known around the globe, but it is a traditional recipe from the countryside that uses many vegetables available during the winter. It is at least as tasty as the renowned goulash given that it offers many flavors from both vegetables and spices used.
The old-fashioned beef goulash is easy to cook even if you need some time to cook it. To get very tender beef you need to simmer it over a low temperature, hence you have to wait a couple of hours before serving this flavor-packed comfort food. However, don’t forget that while the old-fashioned beef stew is slowly bubbling on the stove you don’t have to stay in the kitchen but you can do anything else you want.
As a secret to get the best results with this old-fashioned beef stew, frying meat is especially important before simmering, so give due importance to this stage. The process will partially cook the meat and it will begin to soften it and, in addition, closes inside the juice that helps to cook the meat.
Another secret you probably know is to use low temperatures during simmering when preparing old-fashioned beef stew.
Enjoy cooking the old-fashioned beef stew recipe!