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Mom's (Gump's) Goulash Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Mom (Grandma Jean) Braun / MJ Braun

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 lb. bacon (find a good one that doesn’t have any “natural smoke flavor” added, but is simply naturally smoked – Oscar Mayer is a decent choice)

3 lbs. ground beef or chuck

4-5 medium onions, chopped

3 large cans of good tomatoes with juice, squeezed by hand into chunks if whole (or roughly pulsed on food processor/blender)

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Salt, pepper to taste

1 lb.pkg. of noodles

Directions:
Directions:
Chop bacon into small pieces and cook until brown and crisp.
Remove bacon and – now this will scare some people, but remember, the world is coming to an end anyway – cook the onions in ALL of the bacon grease. If you must, remove no more than half of it. When onions are lightly browned, add chopped celery and cook another 2-3 minutes. Place onion/celery mixture in a bowl and set aside.

Return pan to heat and brown the ground beef. Drain the fat, add salt and pepper to taste, garlic powder, tomatoes with juice plus a cup of water, onion /celery mixture (including the bacon grease they cooked in), and reserved bacon pieces. Stir well and bring back to a simmer and let it cook while you prepare the noodles.

Cook noodles according to package directions (don’t forget to salt the water!). Drain and add immediately to goulash mixture . Stir to combine and continue simmering on very low heat for about 30 minutes, adding a little extra water if it begins to stick.

You can eat it now and it will be delicious. But trust me on this: if you can make it a day ahead and rewarm it slowly the next day it’s even better!

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Gump’s original recipe called for a cup of chopped green bell pepper, but since nobody in the Braun family would eat anything green Mom left them out. Also, Mom cooked the noodles in the pot along with all the other ingredients, adding additional water as needed. I find it easier to cook them separately.

Crusty bread, green salad: it’s a humble feast.

 

 

 

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