Czech Republic Comfort Food Recipe: Pork Goulash with Noodles

by DerdriuMarriner

Pork Goulash with Noodles is a popular variation of this hearty comfort food favorite in the Czech Republic.

While goulash (guláš) may have originated in the medieval Kingdom of Hungary, it is integral to the culinary history of the Czech Republic and has the comfortable feel and appeal of a traditional Czech dish. Generally, goulash references a stew of meat and vegetables flavored with paprika and other seasonings. Some of the seasonings which prevail in Czech goulash include:
• black pepper,
• cumin, and
• paprika.

Goulash variations which are favored in Czech cuisine include:
• Bramborový guláš (potato goulash);
• Hovězí guláš (beef goulash);
• Segedínský guláš (pork and sauerkraut goulash);
• Václavkový guláš (Armillaria goulash);
• Vepřový guláš (pork goulash).

Czech goulashes also may be known by place names, such as:
• Plzeňský guláš (Pilsner goulash): the city of Plzeň (Pilsen) in western Bohemia;
• Znojmo guláš (Znojmo goulash): a town in the South Moravian Region, southeastern Czech Republic.

Interesting effects are achieved in Czech goulashes by the addition of:
• beer, especially the pale lager known as Pilsner, named for its place of origin, the city of Plzeň (Pilsen) in western Bohemia;
• grated horseradish (křen strouhaný) as garnish.

In Prague, vegan and vegetarian goulashes are available.
• Karel Chlumec, chef at LoVeg, a vegetarian restaurant on Prague's Malá Strana, has created meatless goulashes.
• His vegan goulash features vegan meat (soya, seitan, tofu) and may add dark beer or red wine for extra flavor.

Pork goulash with noodles (vepřový guláš, těstoviny) is a popular Czech variation of this hearty stew.

This goulash is easy to prepare and supremely satisfying to consume.

*****

pork goulash with noodles (vepřový guláš, těstoviny): exquisite aroma, hearty taste, simple preparation

Vepřový guláš, těstoviny
Vepřový guláš, těstoviny

Pork goulash with noodles (vepřový guláš, těstoviny)


Prep time 10 min  -  Total time 130 min
Ingredients for 4 servings
Cooking time ranges from 1.5 hours (90 minutes) to 2 hours (120), depending upon such factors as heating element efficiency and utensil consistency.
Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (5 Votes)

Ingredients

 

1/4 cup lard

  • Or:  1/4 cup oil

3 medium onions, chopped

  • Set aside choppings from 1 onion for garnish

1 1/2 pounds pork steak (Boston butt), cubed

2 cups water

1 Tablespoon ground caraway seeds

1 Tablespoon paprika

salt to taste

black pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon marjoram

 

Preparation

 

1. In a large skillet or pot, heat lard (or oil) over medium-to-high heat.

  • Add onions and fry until wilted.
  • Add pork cubes and allow to brown.

2. Pour in water, and add caraway and paprika.

  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper according to taste.
  • Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat to medium, cover with lid, and allow to simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours. Sauce will thicken somewhat.

  • Stir regularly; if sauce thickens more than desirable, adjust sparingly with small additions (1/4 cup) of water.

4. Before removing from burner, sprinkle with marjoram and stir to blend.

5. Remove from burner and serve hot.

  • At serving time, garnish with reserve of raw onion choppings.

 

Makes 4 servings.

 

pork goulash with bread dumplings (vepřový guláš s houskovým knedlíkem): in the Czech Republic, goulash is not complete without its traditional culinary companion, bread dumplings.

vepřový guláš s houskovým knedlíkem
vepřový guláš s houskovým knedlíkem

Acknowledgment

 

My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources. 

 

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Updated: 10/30/2014, DerdriuMarriner
 
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