I take suggestions from the floor — the sales floor that is! Dan suggested that we have goulash instead of soup on Monday! OK, let’s use up some of the Tannery Creek Hot Italian Sausage I have in the freezer!
American goulash (usually referred to in the United States as simply “Goulash”) refers to a stew-like dish, sometimes baked as a casserole, which has many variants. As a descendant, of sorts, of Hungarian goulash, the only real connection seems to be the name, the usual inclusion of beef and the fact that it is red in color (originally from including paprika).
American goulash, mentioned in cookbooks since at least 1914, comes in as many forms as there are cooks who make it. Originally a dish of seasoned beef, core ingredients of American goulash now usually include elbow macaroni, some variety of beef, and tomatoes in some form (canned whole, tomato sauce, tomato soup, and/or tomato paste). It is usually served as a simple lunch or supper dish, usually the main (or only) course. Its versatility and popularity lie in its ease of preparation – it requires only one pot to prepare – and its use of relatively few common, inexpensive ingredients. Here’s our version…
- 2 lbs Tannery Creek Hot Italian sausage
- 4 lbs ground beef
- 4 large onions, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 4 T minced garlic
- 2 lbs frozen kernel corn
- 1 (#10) can tomato sauce
- 1 (#10) can chopped tomatoes; drain liquid into pasta pot
- 2 lbs macaroni noodles
- 2 lbs New York sharp cheddar, grated
- Saute the onion & bell pepper in some oil; stir in garlic & remove from heat. Fry the sausage & ground beef (drain off any excess fat you may see).
- Set pot with tomato juice drained from chopped tomatoes and enough added water to cook the macaroni on stove & bring to boil; add 1 T oil & 1 teas salt; add macaroni; turn heat to simmer; stir occasionally; and cook about 10 min or until desired texture; drain.
- Combine the sauteed veggies, cooked meats ,drained tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce & cooked macaroni noodles; stir to blend.
- Heat in Nesco Roaster for 1 1/2-2 hours until hot; add cheese & stir well; heat for 30 minutes more; taste & add salt & pepper if needed.
- According to Randy — add hot sauce to taste!!!!!
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