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How to Find the Best Goulash Recipe

If you are looking for a crowd pleasing dish to serve that’s both quick and delicious, finding a great goulash recipe should be your goal.  Goulash originated in the Hungarian countryside as a dish prepared by herdsman.  It traditionally consists of meat, vegetables, and spices. Since its origin, many other countries have adapted their own versions of the dish.  In the United States, we most often see the dish served as a compilation of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni. Because there are so many variations, finding the best goulash recipe for your needs can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are some things to consider when searching for the best goulash recipe. 

Learn about goulash

While goulash is typically considered a simple dish, some goulash recipes have adapted to fit cultural tastes and ingredient availability.  The best goulash recipe will give you insight about the origin of the dish, and offer substitutions for ingredients you may not be able to find locally. 

Remember who you are feeding

When searching for a goulash recipe that will fit your needs, it’s important to consider the diners you will be serving. Even though traditional goulash can be enjoyed by just about anyone, some varieties contain ingredients that could be unpopular for your guests.  The country of origin for your goulash recipe will determine what type of meat you use. For instance, most traditionally, a goulash recipe contains beef in either steak or ground form. However, in Ethiopia, a goulash recipe is almost always made with fish! Other goulash recipes call for lamb or pork.  Additionally, the spices used in a goulash recipe could be too spicy for young eaters, or even very difficult to find and purchase.  

If you have guests with certain dietary restrictions you’ll want to make sure your goulash recipe doesn’t contain restricted ingredients.  

Consider your time

When searching for the best goulash recipe to use, it’s important to consider the amount of time you have in which to prepare the dish.  While some goulash recipes are quite simple and can be prepared in less than fifteen minutes, others are more complex. A goulash recipe that calls for the meat to be prepared in a certain way prior to adding it to the pot will add additional prep time.  Additionally, depending on the type and cut of the meat, your cooking time will also vary. If you need a dish to serve very quickly, it may be best to look for a goulash recipe that contains quick cooking meat, like ground beef. 

Read the reviews.  If you’ve found a goulash recipe you would like to try, it’s a good idea to read the reviews of other users who have prepared the same dish.  Having viewpoints from other cooks can give you better insight into preparation time, things to avoid, and how the dish turns out. You can also get a better idea of the popularity of a goulash recipe by reading the reviews.  However, keep in mind that just because a goulash recipe does not have a lot of reviews does not mean it isn’t a good recipe. It could mean the recipe is brand new.  

Look for tips and tricks.  A great goulash recipe will include the creator’s own tips and tricks or ensuring the dish turns out exactly like the recipe intends it to.  Consider these little bits of information the originator’s “hacks” to making the best use of your time and ingredients in the kitchen. A goulash recipe that includes specific types of cookware to use, brands of certain ingredients to avoid, and helpful hints about cook times will give you better confidence when preparing your dish.

Preparing a goulash recipe everyone will love can be simple, but finding the best goulash recipe can be a challenge.  Stick to the above guidelines and you’re sure to find the best goulash recipe for your hungry crowd.