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Course: main course
Total time: under 4 hours
Skill level: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
Yield: Serves 6
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A deliciously rich stew with a spicy sweetness from the paprika and caraway. Serve with noodles and a green vegetable such as cabbage, green beans, or broccoli.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pound, 10 ounces chuck steak, brisket or round, cut into 1½-inch pieces (about 3-4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 2 ounces Canadian bacon (back bacon), chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 pound onions, grated (about 3-4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hot smoked paprika, plus extra for garnish
  • 2½ cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Ground black pepper
  • 2/3-1 1/3 cups fat-free yogurt

Directions

1 Put the cornstarch and beef into a plastic Ziploc, seal the top, and shake well until all the beef pieces are lightly dusted.

2 Heat the sunflower oil in a heavy pot, add the bacon, garlic, onions, caraway, and paprika, and cook for 3 minutes.

3 Add the beef to the pot, followed by the stock and tomato paste. Season with black pepper. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook very gently for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender and the sauce is reduced to a rich consistency.

4 Serve with a generous topping of yogurt sprinkled with paprika.

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Nutritional Information

Nutritional information is provided by the author.

Per portion: 274 cal., 8g fat, 2.4g sat, fat, 0.38g sodium, 16g carbohydrate