Saturday, June 8, 2013

It Was Good Enough, But No Hit Out of the Park

Richie for reasons known only to himself has gotten interested in casserole dishes.  "But... but..." you may stutter, "It's the beginning of summer!  You don't want the oven on all afternoon!"  To which I can only sadly say, "Maybe it's summer where you are, but not here.  Ever hear of "June Gloom"?"

His first venture into a casserole dish, so to speak, was Hungarian Goulash For Two" and it goes like this:

1 T butter
2 T sweet Hungarian paprika

Put them in the casserole dish in a 325 degree oven.  When the butter has melted and the paprika smells good, add

3/4 lb. lean beef stew meat, cut into cubes
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teas. caraway seeds
1/2 teas. dried marjoram
pepper to taste
1 small bay leaf
1/2 cup red wine
Cover the dish tightly and put it in the oven for 2 1/2 hours

Just before serving over hot noodles, stir in 1/2 cup sour cream

The front taste is kind of bitter...  But something occurred to me as I typed - I wonder if it was SWEET Hungarian paprika... will have to check the label.  I know it wasn't pilot error - Richie is meticulous about following a recipe.  What do you think it was?

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