Traditional Hungarian beef stew, or Marha Pökölt is made like most pörkölt or paprikas, but I decided to try something a little different and used smoked Hungarian paprika in place of traditional mild paprika and added mushrooms.
I served this with jasmine rice and a sweet and sour lettuce, both are traditional. Once you add sour cream to any Hungarian pörkölt recipe, the name changes to paprikas!
Sweet and Sour Iceberg Salad
- Separate and wash lettuce leaves. Place in large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix water, vinegar, sugar, and salt. The mixture can be adjusted a bit according to your taste.
- Pour over lettuce. Use your hands to mix the lettuce well with the liquid.
- Let sit for 20-30 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate.NOTE: The salad tastes better after a day of sitting in the refrigerator.
Hungarian Beef Paprikash
- 500 grams stewing beef trimmed and cubed
- 2 large onions
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1-2 tomatoes quartered
- 1 bell pepper large quartered
- 2 tbsp paprika (smoked or mild)
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 1/2 tbsp pepper
- 250-500 grams sour cream or creme fraiche (depending on diet and taste)
- 1 tbsp olive oil or butter
- Heat oil or butter and brown your onions until golden brown
- Add in your garlic, tomatoes and bell pepper and sauté
- Add in your paprika, salt and pepper and mix well
- Add in your meat, mix and warm through
- Add 1/4 cup of water and cover on medium-low for 1-2 hours, adding a little water whenever you check on it to make sure there is enough for the sauce
Garnish with fresh parsley
NOTE: If you want to add sour cream, bring the stew to a full boil , add in the sour cream mixing continuously, and turn it off. It is now done.
If you want to add mushrooms, once the beef is soft and tender, add the mushrooms to the top and cook another 10 minutes. Add in sour cream after this if you wish for both in your stew.
Serve over rice, pasta, potatoes or nokedli. If you like it hot, add chili flakes or Eros Pista (traditional Hungarian hot pepper paste) to your plate. Delicious!
Conclusion; In our home we make Hungarian paprika stews often and this variation gives an added flare to a classic recipe.