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Best ever beef goulash: 352 calories per serving 

Best ever beef goulash is only 352 calories per serving

Best ever beef goulash is only 352 calories per serving

This is the perfect dish to make ahead and freeze.

Frozen in zip-seal bags, it should be reheated thoroughly after defrosting and can be ready to serve in less than 20 minutes.

Add extra vegetables or a small portion of rice and a spoonful of soured cream.

Serves 6

● 2lb   chuck steak

● 1 tbsp sunflower oil

● 2 medium onions, each cut into 12 wedges

● 2 tsp hot, smoked paprika

● 1 tbsp paprika

● 1 beef stock cube

● 2 tbsp tomato purée

● 2 cans diced  tomatoes

● 1 large red and 1 large yellow pepper, seeded and cut into roughly 1in chunks

● Flaked sea salt

● Ground black pepper

● Roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley, to garnish (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Trim any hard fat from the beef and cut the meat into roughly 1 inch chunks. Season well with salt and black pepper.

Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole. Add the steak and fry over a high heat until lightly browned, turning every now and then. Tip the onions into the pan and cook with the beef for a few seconds.

Sprinkle both paprikas over the meat and crumble the beef stock cube on top. Add the tomatoes and tomato purée. Season with salt and pepper, stir well and bring to a simmer.

Cover with a tight-fitting lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 1 hour. Carefully remove the casserole from the oven. Stir in the peppers, replace the lid and cook for a further hour or until the beef is tender. Garnish with the parsley before serving, if you choose.

You can freeze the cooled goulash in labelled zip-seal bags or freezer-proof containers for up to three months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat thoroughly in a large, wide-based saucepan, stirring gently until piping hot.

Alternatively, reheat from frozen with an extra 1 cup of water over a low heat until thoroughly thawed. Bring to a simmer, stirring gently until piping hot.


Callie’s Classic Buttermilk Biscuits
Yields approximately 10 (2-inch) biscuits

2 cups self-rising flour (White Lily preferred), plus more for dusting
5 tablespoons butter: 4 tablespoons cut in small cubes, at room temperature, and 1 tablespoon melted
1⁄4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
3⁄4 cup whole buttermilk (may substitute low-fat buttermilk)

Preheat the oven to 500°F. Make sure the oven rack is in the middle position.

Measure the flour into a large bowl. Incorporate the cubed butter, then the cream cheese into the flour, using your fingers to “cut in” the butter and cheese until the mixture resembles cottage cheese. It will be chunky with some loose flour.

Make a well in the center. Pour in the buttermilk and, using your hands or a small rubber spatula, mix the flour into the buttermilk. The dough will be wet and messy.

Sprinkle flour on top of the dough. Run a rubber spatula around the inside of the bowl, creating a separation between the dough and the bowl. Sprinkle a bit more flour in this crease.

Flour a work surface or flexible baking mat very well. With force, dump the dough from the bowl onto the surface. Flour the topof the dough and the rolling pin. Roll out the dough to 1⁄2-inch thickness into an oval shape. (No kneading is necessary—the less you mess with the dough, the better.)

Flour a 2-inch round metal biscuit cutter or biscuit glass. Start from the edge of the rolled-out dough and cut straight through the dough with the cutter, trying to maximize the number of biscuits cut from this first roll out. Roll out the excess dough after the biscuits are cut and cut more biscuits. As long as the dough stays wet inside, you can use as much flour on the outside as you need to handle the dough. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet with the sides lined with parchment paper, or in a cast-iron skillet, or a baking pan with the biscuit sides touching. (It does not matter what size pan or skillet you use as long as the pan has a lip or sides and the biscuits are touching. If you are using a cast-iron skillet, no parchment paper is necessary.) Brush the tops with the melted butter.

Place the pan in the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 450°F. Bake 16 to 18 minutes, until light brown on top (or as dark as you prefer), rotating the pan once while baking.