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Paprikash Perfection



Paprikash, a traditional Hungarian dish, is both hearty and delicious. Its name comes from the large use of paprika, giving a strong flavor to the dish. We used our wonderfully lean ground beef this time but it is also great with a tenderized steak or stew meat. While fairly simple, it is best to prep your ingredients.


To start, you will need 1lb ground beef, 1 medium onion(diced), a minimum of 2 garlic cloves(crushed). Also, mix together 2 tablespoons flour, 3 teaspoons paprika, 1½ teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Last few items will be 1 can cream of mushroom soup, about 1 cup of sliced mushrooms, and 4-6oz sour cream. Traditionally, egg noodles create a great base and diced green peppers can add a nice fresh topping for the finished dish. Note also that you can add a small amount of heavy cream for a more velvet texture.


Start with browning the onion and ground beef. Once mostly cooked down, add the garlic and continue until fully browned. Note with lean ground beef, you will see less grease build and less shrinkage of the meat as well. Continue mixing as you add the flour and seasoning mixture. Next, add the soup contents and the mushrooms. Reduce to low heat, cover, and allow to cook for 10 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes. If you choose to add the heavy cream, do so during this step, slowing mixing it in. Once the 10 minutes has lapsed, remove pan from heat and slowly add sour cream. Top the egg noodles with your prepared Paprikash and enjoy!


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