750g marinated beef (stewing beef or beef shoulder)
Approx. 500g onions
2 – 3 tbsp of sweet paprika powder
A dash of vinegar
1 tsp tomato paste
2 crushed cloves of garlic
Caraway powder
4 – 5 tbsp clarified butter or plant oil

2 pairs of Frankfurter (or Debreziner) sausages
4 eggs
4 pickled gherkins
Strips of red pepper, if desired
Butter for frying

1.Tidy up the meat by removing the bone, fat and sinew but not the gelatinous parts in the meat. Cut the meat into bite-sized cubes, and chop the onions roughly.

2.Heat the clarified butter in a large pan and soften the onions very slowly by cooking them over a fairly low heat and stirring constantly – the longer they cook, the better the juices become.

3.Sprinkle the paprika powder over them, quickly take out any heat by splashing over with a dash of vinegar, and stir in the tomato paste. Add the meat, stir briefly and then flavour with the garlic, caraway, salt, pepper and a pinch of marjoram. Add some water, so that the meat is just covered, and depending on the type of meat steam for around 2 – 3 hours until soft. Stir occasionally and top up regularly with small amounts of water.

4.Once the meat is tender, pour in some more water and allow the juice to cook in for a final 10 – 15 minutes. At the end, season according to taste.

5.For the garnish, place the sausages in hot water in the final 10 – 15 minutes and fry the eggs in butter until they are soft fried eggs. Slice the pickled gherkins that they can be fanned out.

6.Arrange the goulash on large plates, place a hot sausage on top of each plate, and top with a fried egg. Garnish with the fanned gherkin. If preferred, decorate with strips of red pepper.

7.Serve with crispy breadsticks or rolls, or alternatively with salted potatoes enjoy.

Cooking time: Goulash 3–3 ½ hours

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