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Cesky Gulas (Simple Czech Goulash)
Though goulash originally hails from Hungary, it’s also quintessentially Czech and every pub cook and homemaker has his or her own variation. Czech goulash tends to be milder and meatier than its Hungarian cousin—though both rely heavily on sweet paprika. You’ll rarely see goulash served with potatoes—only bread or bread dumplings.
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3-4 medium sized onions, chopped
1 1/4 pounds of good quality beef, cut into one-inch cubes
2 tablespoons of sweet paprika (more if desired)
2 teaspoons of ground caraway seed
1/2 teaspoon of marjoram
4 cups of cold water
Salt and pepper to taste
Warm the oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add the onion and cook until wilted. Add the beef cubes and allow them to brown. Then add the paprika, but don’t let it cook too long or it will turn bitter—ten seconds is fine. Add the water and caraway, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for a couple of hours. The sauce will gradually thicken. Just before finishing, add the marjoram. When serving, add some chopped raw onion on top.
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