Thursday, January 13, 2011

My Grandma's Goulash

If you are one of the hundreds of people who have ever stopped by my Grandma's house at noon, you know that she will feed you. It doesn't matter how many people walk through that door, they will not go hungry.

We ate dinner at Grandma's house a LOT, especially in the summer. This dish is one of my favorites. And my brother's favorites. And my sister's.

Ask pretty much anyone and they will say, "oh, yeah, your grandma's goulash is incredible." Yes, that is a direct quote.

When I called her and asked her for the recipe, she was incredibly flattered. She always is when I ask her how to make something. I told her I needed to know what her secret ingredient was. She just laughed and said it wasn't really a secret. That's how it is with a lot of things she makes. There's really no secret to it, it's just that she will use one ingredient different than anyone else, and that makes all the difference.

Add a can of tomatoes (diced, whole, chopped, it doesn't matter) and a can of tomato sauce to a pound of browned ground beef. Then add in "a little bit of brown sugar." This is what makes it special. I used about 2 tablespoons.
Mix all that together and add in cooked macaroni. Grandma always uses the large macaroni, and she said I could use any kind I wanted. Really, though, if you are going to make your grandma's recipe, go with what she uses. I used a half a package of the large macaroni.
Stir it all up.
That's it.
So comforting. So wonderful.

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Grandma's Goulash
1 pound ground beef, browned
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 cups large macaroni, cooked

Mix it all together. Enjoy.


Neal said...

Being "the brother" this is by far my favorite dish that Grandma makes. I also will chop up an onion and maybe throw in JUST a tad bit more brown sugar.

When I asked her how to make it, it was a... "Oh, I don't know." 2-3 cups of macaroni, a couple cans of stewed tomatoes, some brown sugar, some tomato sauce......LOL. Even with variables in the recipeit still turns out great and takes only minutes to make! It makes a lot of food too.

I think another recipe you need to feature of Grandma's is her lava cake and cinamon rolls!!

Tracie said...

Cinnamon rolls to come! Oh the lava cake. I was thinking about that the other day. I need to call her again :)

Anonymous said...

Jamie says...
As the sister, I can vouch for the wonderfulness that is Grandma's goulash. It is wholesome and healthy, and absolutely decicious, which is never in the same category it seems.
One time I called Grandma and asked for the cinnamon roll recipe, she just kinda laughed and said "well, a little bit of this, and a little bit of that..." needless to say, they didn't turn out as good as Grandma's!!