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Zsa Zsa Gabor's Dracula Goulash Recipe

Zsa Zsa Gabor's Dracula Goulash Recipe (Zsekely Gulas)
by John Blanchette

Hungary

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Long before there was Paris Hilton, there was her aunt, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and the face and body that launched a thousand marriages (well eight). In 1986 She married Prince Frederic von Anhalt, who has been with her ever since. At 93, she is now a princess, but some would say she has always been a royal pain in the ....rear.

Two of my favorite quotes from Zsa Zsa are "I just want to find a man who is kind and understanding, is that too much to ask in a millionaire?" The other was when she was doing a film and the director asked her if she had memorized her lines. She replied "I have 12 costume changes in the show, I don't have time to worry about the lines."

Despite her beauty, Zsa Zsa knows how to cook.

"Dahlings, this is the dish I use to catch a man. And if I want to get rid of him I stop making it. It's one of Hungary's national dishes and it's so good that even when you serve it with caviar, your guests will rave about the goulash. Try it, it's my favorite."

  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 3 lbs. stewing pork
  • 3 lbs. stewing beef
  • 2 smoked Hungarian (or Polish) sausages
  • 4 pounds pre-washed sauerkraut
  • a handful of caraway seeds
  • Hungarian red paprika
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • olive oil or butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley
  • bottle of red wine

Get a big stewing pot.

Finely chop the red onion and saute with olive oil or butter until translucent. Add the pork and beef. Season with salt, pepper and three tablespoons of paprika (you must use Hungarian paprika or don't bother making this dish).

Turn the meat mixture and cook for 10 minutes. Add more paprika and 1/2 small container of caraway seeds. Pour in a bottle of red wine. Cook out the alcohol.

Wash and drain four pounds of good quality sauerkraut in a colander. Add to the meat mixture, cover and stew for about 2 hours.

Cut sausages into half inch pieces and add to mixture and bring up to heat. Add enough paprika to make the stew red. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

Add a cup of sour cream. Stir in and adjust seasonings.

Serve in bowls garnished with sour cream and a little chopped parsley. Serves 10 hungry Americans or 8 dieting Hungarians.

"Dahlings, make sure you serve Dracula Goulash with a rich red wine. In Hungary we serve it with Bull's Blood wine. And watch out, this dish will stir you man's blood as well. Enjoy!"

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Hi Audrey,

Love your lamb shanks.

--- Paul, Scottsdale AZ

Haven't been called Tad for . . .gee, maybe I've NEVER been called Tad . . . guess I'm the only one with chutzpah enough to mention Bourdain. BRILLIANT?

--- Ken, Shutesbury, MA

I think we must have had an entirely different experience in the UK. (Fresh Food and Real Ale – week 1). We were up in Edinburgh and they served something called ‘Neeps & Tatties.’ The items were boiled so long that I couldn’t even recognize what I was eating. Come to think of it… I couldn’t taste them either. Later I found that Neeps’ are Turnips and ‘Tatties’ are potatoes.

--- Lindy, Phoenix, AZ

My mouth was watering as I read some of your descriptions of the fantastic fare of ... England? I had always felt smug about the lowly reputation of British cuisine as this gave us at least one country with a worse culinary reputation than America's. I guess I'll have to change my views. Your article made me actually want to take a CULINARY tour of Britain. Yummy yummy yummy.

--- Sandy Miner, Portland, OR

Thanks for your note. Thanks to Traveling Boy I get to interview a world famous chef this week who is widely recognized as spearheading the Yummy movement in Ireland. Guess I'll have to take yet another culinary tour a little further north and check it out... (I love my job!) --- Audrey

Very interesting, mouth-watering piece by Audrey! (A McDreamy McMeel). Your web site is fascinating!

--- Susie, Victoria, BC

Combining travel, food, and intelligent advice -- BRILLIANT! Your site fills a long-felt need for hungry roamers. Keep it up! It's Anthony Bourdain with reservations and CLASS.

--- Tad, Boston, MA


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