- 2 medium-sized onions
- 2 tablespoons lard or oil
- 2 1/2 pounds beef chuck or round, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 1 garlic clove
- Pinch caraway seeds
- 2 tablespoons paprika (recommended: "Noble Rose")
- 2 1/2 quarts warm water
- 1 medium-sized ripe tomato
- 2 green frying or Italian peppers
- 1 pound potatoes
- Hot cherry pepper pods, optional
- Little Dumplings, recipe follows, or frozen gnocchi
Peel onions and chop into coarse pieces. Melt lard in a heavy 6 to 8-quart Dutch oven. Add the beef cubes to the oil and brown. Work in batches if necessary, removing cubes as they are browned. Don't overcrowd the pan. Add onions to the pot. Heat should be low in order not to brown the onions. When onions become glossy, add back the seared beef. Stir.
Take kettle from heat. Stir in paprika and the garlic mixture. Stir rapidly with a wooden spoon. Immediately after paprika is absorbed, add 2 1/2 quarts warm water. (Cool water toughens meat if you add it with the meat is frying.)
Replace covered kettle over low heat and cook for about 1 hour.
After the meat has been braised for about 1 hour (the time depends on the cut of the meat), add the tomato and green peppers and enough water to give a soup consistency. Add a little salt. Simmer slowly for another 30 minutes.
Cook the dumplings in the stew.
Serve the gulyas steaming hot in large, extra-deep bowls. The meat should be tender, but not falling apart.