American goulash

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American goulash
Goulash from usa.jpg
Alternative names Goulash
Type Casserole
Place of origin United States
Region or state Midwestern United States
Main ingredients Beef or steak, paprika, pasta, tomatoes
Cookbook:American goulash  American goulash

American goulash, similar to a hotdish, has many variants.

It is usually referred to in the Midwestern United States as simply "goulash". As a descendant, of sorts, of Hungarian goulash, the only real connection seems to be the name, and the usual inclusion of beef and paprika.[1]

American goulash, mentioned in cookbooks since at least 1914, exists in a number of variant recipes.[1][2] Originally a dish of seasoned beef,[2] core ingredients of American goulash now usually include various kinds of pasta, cubed steak, and tomatoes in some form, whether canned whole, as tomato sauce, tomato soup, and/or tomato paste. Diced chuck roast, ground beef or hamburger is often substituted for cube steak.[3] Other ingredients that might be added by different tastes include corn, potatoes, celery, or kidney beans.[4] Processed cheese, melted into the dish during the cooking process, can be added as well.[5] It is usually served as a simple lunch or supper dish, usually the main (or only) course.

Its versatility and popularity lie in its ease of preparation (it requires only one casserole dish to prepare) and its use of relatively few common, inexpensive ingredients.

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  1. ^ a b Metcalf, Allan (1999). The World in so Many Words. Boston, MA, USA: Houghton Mifflin Company. pp. 47–48. ISBN 0-395-95920-9. 
  2. ^ a b Cookbook of the Woman's Educational Club. Toledo, OH, USA: Woman's Educational Club of Toledo, Ohio. 1914. p. 49. 
  3. ^ "Beef Goulash". Yummly. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "American Hamburger Goulash Soup". Yummly. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cheesy Goulash". Retrieved 22 September 2014.