My Hungarian grandmother, Anna, made an amazing goulash she always served as a stew, which we especially loved in the early fall when she would visit and cook nonstop. Her goulash took the chill out of the nippy evenings. Sometimes we even cooked the goulash outside in a pot over coals in the ground. I have a Hungarian landscape architecture colleague who continues that same tradition with his outdoor "goulash terrace" which he designed just for that purpose. My Irish grandmother, Delia, made wonderful pot pies, which I can still remember from early childhood. She passed away when I was in grade school, so I did not get the chance to learn more from her. In this recipe I am trying to bridge my two family traditions. The resulting recipe offers an antidote to cold, fall evenings. I am using as many local harvest fresh vegetables from the farmer's market as possible and have also chosen to use a local grassfed sirloin. If you want to use a more affordable cut, like shoulder, just make sure it will be very tender. —Sagegreen
grassfed sirloin, cut into 3/4" pieces
flour seasoned with white pepper and kosher salt
chopped fresh thyme and marjoram leaves
finely chopped fresh rosemary leaf
fresh sage leaf, rolled and finely snipped
finely chopped flat leaf parsley
kosher salt to taste
small anchovy filet packed in oil, chopped, optional
sweet onion, peeled and diced
celeriac, peeled and diced
carrot, peeled and diced
parsnip, peeled and diced
potato, peeled and diced (red bliss used here)
large meaty heirloom tomato, cut in half
cooked, pureed sweet red pepper (sauce)
homemade vegetable or beef stock
dry red wine, consider Egri Bikavér ("Bull's Blood of Eger")
grapeseed oil for baking dish
excellent puff pastry
beaten egg yolk
dollop of sour cream as garnish, optional
In This Recipe
Melt the butter in a large saute pan. Quickly sear the beef with a sprinkle of sweet paprika. Remove from heat and dredge in the seasoned flour.
Add the onions, herbs, zest, and salt to the pan. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add all the vegetables(including pepper sauce), optional anchovy (for depth of flavor), and beef dredged with flour. Pour in the stock, stir, and simmer 40 minutes. Add dry red wine and simmer 10 more minutes. Make sure you have a thick sauce, adjust and balance this out. Let this rest overnight or at least 4 hours. Remove the bay leaf and tomato skins.
Then lightly oil a large baking dish. Place puff pastry to line the bottom of the dish. Flip the pastry over so some of the oil from the baking dish, collected onto the bottom of the pastry, is now on the top of the pastry. Spoon the filling on top of this.
Cut vent holes in the top pastry crust. Add to the top of the pie. Brush the top with egg yolk.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve warm. Consider a dollop of sour cream on the side.