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Goulash usually seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating from the medieval Hungary, goulash is a popular meal predominantly eaten in Central Europe but also in other parts of Europe.

Its origin traces back to the 9th century to stews eaten by Hungarian shepherds. Back then, the cooked and flavoured meat was dried with the help of the sun and packed into bags produced from sheep’s stomachs, needing only water to make it into a meal. Earlier versions of goulash did not include paprika, as it was not introduced to the Old World until the 16th century. It is one of the national dishes of Hungary and a symbol of the country.

GET COOKING – A comforting and hearty Hungarian-inspired slow cooked stew. You can substitute the pork for braising steak if you prefer. It might seem a lot pf paprika but it has a mild flavour and gives the stew a really gorgeous brick red colour.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time:  8-9 hours

You’ll need                             

1kg diced pork shoulder, diced into 3cm pieces

2 tbsp olive oil

400g shallots roughly chopped

2 red peppers, sliced

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tbsp mild paprika (unsmoked)

2 tsp caraway seeds

400g can chopped tomatoes

300ml water

salt and freshly ground black pepper

150ml sour cream


What to do – Set a large pan over a high heat on the hob. Add the olive oil and brown the pork in batches, transferring to a plate as you go.

Once the meat has all browned, return it all back into the pan, along with any juices from the plate. Add the shallots and peppers and fry together for couple more minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, caraway, tomatoes and water and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring up to a simmer then transfer to the slow cooker and leave to cook on high for about 8-9 hours or until the meat is really tender. Alternatively, cover with a tight-fitting lid and slide into an oven set to 100°C (fan temperature) for the same amount of time.

When cooked divide between bowls and add a dollop of the sour cream on top.

Serve with crusty bread, plain steamed rice or even pasta.