Friday, October 26, 2012

"Ghoulash" for #Halloween




Hello and happy almost Halloween. Halloween has always been a favorite of mine, ever since I was little. We were pretty broke while I was growing up, but my Mom always had fun creating costumes for me out of whatever we had on hand or Goodwill finds. I think that is why I ended up being so creative with my kids. I loved making their costumes and come up with crazy ways to decorate the house. Shoot I have even dressed my dogs up (yes...yes, I am one of those people).

I know I have told you that my Mom wasn't much of a cook (love you Mom) but my Grandmother prided herself in a lot of her traditional holiday meals. Well they were our traditional meals, meaning meals she always made for certain holidays. She always made a huge batch of oyster stew for New Years, fresh bread at Easter with the glazed ham, and this was one of my favorites that she made for Halloween. I can remember when I got older I asked her why she called it "Ghoulash" and she said it was because it was frighteningly good! Gotta love Grandma!!


But she was right. This is the perfect comfort food. It warms you from the cold October nights (well they were cold in Nevada...and here in Washington too), but it is so good you want to eat bowl after bowl of it! I tried to lighten it up just bit by using ground turkey instead of beef, and just a dollop of low fat sour cream on top instead of stirred in. You could do away with the sour cream altogether but it would be hard for me to have this meal without it. 

So give this dish a try on Halloween night. Send your kiddos out trick or treating with a nice warm full tummy. That way they won't be tempted to eat the candy while they are out and there will be more for Mom and Dad to scavenge through hehehehe.

Do you have any traditional holiday dishes? I would love to hear about them!


"Ghoulash"

1 package lean ground turkey (usually about 1 1/3 pound)
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken stock
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons died marjoram
3 bay leaves
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flake (optional)
1/2 pound elbow macaroni (I used whole grain pasta)

Saute the ground turkey in a dutch oven, over medium-high heat, until no pink remains. Add the onions and garlic. Stirring occasionally, cook until the onions are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, paprika, cumin, marjoram, crushed red pepper flake, and bay leaves to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Stir well. Place a lid on the pot and cook for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and add the elbow macaroni. Replace the lid and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened up. 

ENJOY!!!

12 comments:

  1. Oh boy...I see lots of pounds adding to my body now that I found your blog! YUM!

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    1. LOL Amy I know the hazards of being a foodie!! But I do try to do some healthier alternatives to popular dishes. I am very glad you found me though!! :)

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  2. Bookmarked! I am definitely going to make this for my kids this Halloween. My mother couldn't cook either, but I remember her making "Hungarian Goulash" when I was growing up (beef mince,an onion, elbow macaroni and a tin of tomato soup, that was it!) and I loved it. I'm throwing a family party this Halloween (it's not as big here in the UK, we're not likely to get any trick or treaters), but I want my kids to have a feast - this recipe will feature. "Ghoulash", I love it!

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    1. Oh I am so excited!! I really think you will like this. I forgot to add that we put crushed red pepper flake in ours because Kevin and I like some heat.My Grandmother never did that.
      If you think your kids will like this make sure to check back on my blog on Sunday for my "Goblin Eggs" (think deviled eggs). I think they will think they are grossly cool :)

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  3. Hungarian Goulash was the ONLY thing my dad could or would cook. We would seriously have it at least once a week growing up when it was his turn to cook. What a great idea to have it for Halloween. I haven't had this in years. I need to make it for my hubby now that it's getting cold. YUMM!

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    1. Oh I agree, this is a great meal to cure what ails you. There are certain dishes I say are a "hug for your tummy" and this is one of them. I hope he is feeling better soon :)

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  4. Bobbi, this look so much like my moms. I have to make it this week. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Really? I would love it! I hope you like it :)

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  5. This looks super good! We're having super cold trick or treat tonight...and I'm making hot ham sandwiches and chicken and noodles. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

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    1. Mmmmm that sounds good!!! Have a great Halloween!!!

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  6. I made it tonight for the family and they all loved it! I'm going to make this a regular dish in our household. Thanks for the fab recipe! x

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    1. That is so great!! I am so happy that everyone enjoyed it and thank you so much for letting me know. It is a great feeling when you all enjoy my dishes!! Happy Halloween :)

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