Whenever you're craving something filling, traditional Czech goulash is an excellent hearty stew that will do the trick. It's also a favourite meal in Czech households and restaurants.
Although you'll mostly come across Czech beef goulash (hovězí guláš), you can also find pork or turkey goulash, plus variants with green pepper, also known as Hungarian goulash (maďarský guláš).
Czech goulash is traditionally served with dumplings, and 90% of the time, that will be bread dumplings, also known as houskový knedlíky.
The main goulash ingredients are beef, tomato paste, select spices, onion and garlic. The secret to the delicious taste of homemade goulash is typical Czech spices - dried marjoram and caraway seeds and, of course, slow cooking.
Traditional goulash is the most delicious the next day. So if you can resist, keep some leftovers to compare the flavour.
Using a pressure cooker can reduce the time of stewing beef to half.
If making Czech dumplings is too much hassle, you can substitute this side dish for mashed potatoes or potato pancakes.
Although the most famous version of goulash is made with beef, you can add bacon or smoked sausage to give it a nice smokey boost.
For vegetable stew, you can experiment and create your own version of goulash, using peppers and fresh tomatoes instead of meat.
Last Updated 10 July 2023