Hungarian-Style Shepherd's Pie

TOTAL TIME: 3 hr 20 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 2 hr
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 2 pounds top sirloin or sirloin tips cut into bite-size pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Flour, for dredging
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion or 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 to 3 medium carrot, small dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • About 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon caraway seeds, half a palmful
  • A couple sprigs fresh marjoram, leaves picked and chopped or about 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pounds starchy potatoes, peeled and cubed or sliced 1-inch thick
  • 2 to 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 to 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • A handful fresh dill, parsley or chives, finely chopped
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Directions

Char the bell pepper over an open burner flame or under the broiler with the oven door slightly cracked for the steam to escape until black, turning frequently. Place the charred pepper in a bowl until cool enough to handle, then peel the pepper, chop, and reserve.

Meanwhile, pat the meat dry and season liberally with salt and pepper, dredge in flour. Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the meat and brown on both sides. Remove the browned meat to a plate and add the remaining olive oil, 2 turns of the pan. Add the onions, carrots, garlic, paprika, caraway, marjoram and cook to soften 5 to 6 minutes. Add in the tomato paste and stir 1 minute. Stir in the beef stock and Worcestershire and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and slide the meat and peppers into the pot. Cook 30 minutes, until beef is just tender.

Meanwhile, boil the potatoes and parsnips until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and return to the hot pot and mash with salt, pepper, butter, sour cream, egg, and herb of choice.

Place the goulash into a casserole dish and top with potatoes. Cool the dish completely and store for make-ahead meal.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Reheat and bake until heated through and potatoes are brown on top, 45 to 60 minutes. If you do not make this dish as a make ahead meal then brown potatoes under hot broiler on the middle rack of the oven 5 to 7 minutes until golden at edges.

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  • on December 06, 2013

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    This recipe definitely has a good structure, but in my opinion it needed a lot of help to give it that extra something. After the beef portion had simmered, I tasted it and was not impressed. I opened the fridge and got creative, and added about 3 tbsp of maple syrup. That's the trick! The sweetness of the syrup was a perfect balance to the savory flavors. For the mashed potatoes/parsnips, I added 1 cup of leftover grated pepper jack cheese. YUM! The spicy kick combined with the salty/sweet goulash was great. With these alterations, this recipe gets 5 stars!

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  • on June 04, 2011

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    I found this more interesting than the usual Shepherd's pie -- the paprika gave it a nice flavor. Even though I am not a huge, over-the-top Spanish paprika fan, I could imagine making this one again.

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