An old Funk family recipe....

provided by Mary Ann Funk, August 1999

  • 1/2 lb bacon....cut in cubes and brown
  • 4 onions (large) or 6 (small)..chop..add to bacon and brown
  • 3 lbs veal and
  • 3 lbs beef

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Cut veal and beef in small pieces (definitely smaller than you would for stew, maybe 1/2 " squares. Add these to onion and bacon and brown.

Then add:

  • tomatoes (cut up), with juice (one 14.5 oz can)
  • corn corn, with juice (one 14.5 oz can)
  • mushrooms, 2 small (7 oz) or 1 large can

Cook for about 1/2 hr (until meat is tender). Drain off liquid from goulash. Set aside.

Melt 1/2 cup butter in pan.
Add 1/2 cup flour, mix well but don't burn.
Then add liquid gradually while stirring and cook as cream sauce.

Put sauce back on goulash and cook 1/2 hour. BE CAREFUL IT DOES NOT SCORCH.

Serves 12.


  • It would help if you could get a slab of bacon or, at least thick cut slices, because you should end up with dices or little rectangles, triangles or even parallelograms.
  • Prepare to weep profusely when you do the onions. If all you can get is stew-size veal/beef, then you have to cut it up smaller. Schubert's Meat Market used to deliver it cut to size...in the good old days.
  • Draining the liquid off the goulash. Here you are lifting an 8-10 lb kettle with your left hand while holding the lid with your right....and tipping the kettle besides. Unless, of course, you are wise like your mother and, with a slotted spoon, ladle it into a colander below which you have placed a pan to catch the precious liquid as it drips through. You can then drain off any that might be left in the kettle. SAVE ALL THE LIQUID!
  • When your goulash is done, you can keep it warm on a burner (don't burn!) or you put it in a casserole in the oven.

I remember this used to be served every Christmas eve, at the big party at Nana's house, among a few other special occasions. We kids had interesting names for it, which I will not repeat here, but I really liked this recipe and always ate my serving, as I recall. --FF

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