Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A pinch of this and.....

A friend of mine gave me a tried and true recipe for goulash. I like goulash. I wouldn't want it a LOT....but I do like it every few months or so. This recipe looked an awful lot like what my Mom used to fix. Of course Mom didn't write her recipes down for the most part. She had them all in her head and they were all memorably delicious. So I copied the recipe down and decided I would make it that night. My friend told me that it made a LOT....it would feed several hungry people. I invited my daughter and her family to come over and join us.

She requested some of my homemade salad dressing that I haven't made in over a year. I'm as guilty as my Mom for not writing things down and I had to play around with the vinegar and oil until I got it "almost" right...but she was happy with it even if I wasn't 100%. I made the goulash and had SO MANY interruptions between my son and the granddaughters squabbling over Barbie clothes and shoes its a wonder it didn't turn out to be chop suey. I admit I did lose track of the seasonings and the end result was that the goulash was ..... almost too salty. It was edible but was hanging on the edge of not being so. I added another can of tomato sauce and that did help a smidgen. I was dismayed as this recipe had a lot of ingredients and had been a bit time-consuming....I didn't want to waste it.

So I started wandering through those long, dark and lonely hallways in my brain....with rows and rows of filing cabinets stuffed full of bits and pieces of trivia and long forgotten instructions. Ah.....the brain....she is a wonderful thing. I remembered that my mom told me that if you get too much salt in something to put a little sugar in it. I did that and it salvaged the meal.

This goulash is a good recipe...just be careful with the salt. There are several salty ingredients and maybe my measuring wasn't off.......because I couldn't find the regular salt (SOMEONE had moved it) so I used sea salt and maybe you should use less of that....I'm not sure. If anyone knows, please tell me. Anyway, the recipe is called Bobby's Goulash by Paula Deen. Its very good.....just be careful with the salt and oh yeah...I didn't put quite as much Italian seasoning in as called for. This recipe needs about 1.5 hours time....so allow for that. Summing it up....the goulash, tossed green salad with garlic, vinegar and oil dressing and iced tea. YUM.

UPDATE*** Since posting this, it has come to my attention that quite a few people who have made this recipe complained about it being too salty. WOW....maybe I didn't make a mistake after all. It is felt that the recipe has errors on it and that everywhere you see TABLESPOON ....you should use TEASPOON instead and it will turn out A-OK. So remember that...substitute TEASPOON for TABLESPOON. I read this in the comments section for this recipe on their site.


SOUL: said...

sounds yummy-- and i bet it was---

i have a poor mans goulash (in my head) that i used to make ALOT-- cuz , well i was poor -- welll, alot. i haven't made it much in long time-- not because i didn't have too-- but because my other souls that i feed here-- well, they are picky eaters. me.. i eat to live-- they eat-- if it tastes good. well.. pardon me. :))

anyhow. glad your meal was a hit.
i love home made dressing too-- although i don't have too many of those-- maybe two or three. but ppl like them.
ok.. i gotta stop-- i'm writin too much for my medically induce high mind at the moment.
happy tuesday.

Brad said...

You know I don't think I've ever had that. I'll make it Sunday. And I know how you feel about "get out of my kitchen" Happily we don't have the pass-thru type of kitchen and all man and beast are banned from it when I'm cooking. Hope your day is a good one.

fiwa said...

Oh man, nothing pisses me off faster than someone else fooling around in my kitchen.

You were smart to realize the salt was off. I would have just figured I'd screwed up!

Congratulations on your awards - they are well deserved.


Velvet Sacks said...

I'm not sure I've ever eaten anything that was too salty for my tastes (keep those blood pressure pills coming), but adding the sugar sounds like a good idea. The goulash looks delicious.

ordinaryjanet said...

I was told to toss a potato in if it's too salty. I like salty, but there's such a thing as too salty, even for me. Hope they fix that recipe-I thought people double and triple checked those things before they were published, whether in a paper cookbook or on a web site.

Glad you didn't have to throw it in the garbage and order pizza!

Anonymous Boxer said...

If I could have a salt lick in the kitchen, I would, so it won't bother me.

Gypsy said...

I LOVE goulash and haven't had it in about 30 years. My mum made a great one so I may have to put in a request the next time she invites me over for dinner. Glad it all turned out well in the end.

SOUL: said...

i forgot to tell you-- we used to have a puppy-- a hungarian vizla-- i named her goulash.. :))
we had to give her away though cuz she wouldn't house-train.

happy humpday-

Kelly Jene said...

I can't stand goulash. I have yet to find one I like. Course that could be cuz my mom scarred me with her nasty tasting stuff. Ugh.

The Real Mother Hen said...

I like Goulash so was all happy to check out the link - alas, not this, I like the one that uses chuncks of beef, not ground beef... ahh! :()