Ever wondered how to get the authentic taste of Gulasch and knödel from Germany? Well, you are in luck. Carolyn of Holidays to Europe is sharing a very real experience with us.

With a German-born husband, I’ve been fortunate to taste many of the dishes of his country of birth and one of my favourites, and one I make often, particularly in winter, is beef goulash served with bread dumplings (known as knödel in German).

The dish is a winter staple in Germany, Austria and Hungary as it makes a hearty meal but is relatively easy to prepare.  You do need to start preparation a few hours in advance but the results are well worth the effort.

This is my mother-in-law’s recipe and it gets a tick of approval every time I make it.

Beef Goulash or Gulasch 


  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 red capsicum, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 cups of water
  • 750g to 1kg of stewing steak cut in 1cm cubes
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

Method for cooking Gulasch 

  • Heat some oil in a large saucepan then add the chopped onions and cook until soft.  Add the capsicum, sweet paprika, tomato paste and water and bring to the boil.
  • Add steak and return to the boil then simmer for 2 to 3 hours until steak is very tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper before serving with knödel.

How to make




  • 1 day-old breadstick cut into 1cm squares
  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 rashers of bacon, chopped
  • ½ cup milk
  • Small bunch of parsley or chives, chopped
  • Plain flour (amount required varies)


  • Place chopped bread into a large mixing bowl.
  • Heat some oil in a frying pan and sauté the chopped onion and bacon.  Remove from heat and add to bread.
  • Warm milk in a pan, then add all ingredients together.  Add some plain flour if needed to make the mixture firm.  Roll into tennis ball-sized balls.
  • Boil in a large pot of boiling water for approximately 10 minutes.

So, now you know How to make Gulasch and knödel from Germany. I am hungry.


gulash-and-knodel. Germany

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