Recipe of the Week: Hungarian Goulash

This week’s recipe is for Hungarian Goulash. It is a recipe excerpted from the scarce book Nine Hundred Successful Recipes, by Lulu Thompson Silvernail. This book, from my own book collection, was published in 1923. A recent change in U.S. copyright law now puts most pre-1925 books in the public domain.

Lulu Thompson Silvernail’s emphasis in this book was recipes that included hard red winter wheat flour. This entire recipe book is just part of the extensive bonus content that is included in this year’s SurvivalBlog archive waterproof USB stick. The USB  sticks are now available for pre-ordering.


1 Ib. beef or mutton
1 medlum sized onion
1 small green pepper
1/4 cup bacon grease [Other oils could be substituted, to suit modern tastes]
1 cup boiling water
8 large size diced potatoes
1 cup rich [whole] milk
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon white pepper


Remove tough portions of meat and cut in cubes the size of walnuts.

Place bacon grease, chopped onion and pepper in skillet and simmer for 10 minutes, keeping the skillet covered.

Add the meat to onion and pepper mixture and simmer and brown in skillet for at least 15 minutes, leaving skillet uncovered.

When brown, add the cup of boiling water and the diced potatoes. Cover the skillet and let cook till potatoes are tender, but not too soft.

Last, add the milk, salt, paprika and pepper.


Serve hot.

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  1. You may want to add a half-cup (or even more, with all that bacon grease) toward the end of browning the meat, so you can cook the raw flour taste out and start at least the beginning of a roux (depending on your personal taste on how dark to make it). It’ll make the eventual sauce much richer, although the starch from potatoes will also help. You may also want to try using Spanish-style smoked paprika (pimenton) and see how you like that, as a variation.

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