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Friday 20 October 2017

Ghoulish Goulash Stew : Perfect For Halloween

If you are looking for a perfect Halloween recipe to tuck into after a night of trick or treating, then look no further! This ghoulishly good stew, complete with creepy eyeballs made from stuffed olives, is packed with succulent lamb and flavoured with chilli and paprika for a warming, spicy kick... Yum!

Serves Four
2 tbsp. olive oil
600g (1lb) diced lamb leg
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 - 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped (depending on taste)
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
750ml (1 1/4pt) lamb or vegetable stock
2 medium beetroot, peeled
250g (8oz) butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and chopped
1 large red pepper, de-seeded and sliced
10 Pimento stuffed olives, halved
handful parsley or chives, finely chopped
soured cream, to serve
crusty bread, to serve - optional

1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp. of the oil in a large shallow casserole dish, season the lamb and brown well on all sides. Remove and set aside.
2. Add the remaining oil and the onion to the pan and soften for 5 minutes. Stir through the garlic, chilli and spices, fry for a couple of minutes. Now pour over the tinned tomatoes and stock, season generously with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar and stir well.
3. Wrap the raw beetroot in a foil parcel and cook in the oven for 1hr 30mins. Bring the stew up to boil then cover with a lid and simmer over a gentle heat for 45 minutes (adding a splash more water if it needs it). Add the squash and pepper, cover and return to the heat for 45 minutes more, after which time the lamb should be really tender and the sauce thickened.
4. Remove the beetroot from the oven, chop and stir it through the stew. Taste and season as necessary. Scatter over the halved olives (as eyeballs) and fresh parsley. Serve with soured cream and (optional) crusty bread.

Nutritional Information:
Carbohydrate 19.3g Protein 32.6g Fibre 3.8g Fat 27.2g
From an original idea here

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image from here
Enjoy the Autumn Season

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...what a welcome door way!

Jo said...

That looks lovely, no olives for me but yes please to the rest.

Valerie-Jael said...

What a great recipe! Hugs, Valerie

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the stew looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. I love the Autumn decorations.

Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend.

Christine said...

Perfect Halloween recipe!

William Kendall said...

Sounds good!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Yum---sounds delicious especially in Autumn..... Thanks for the recipe.

Love the outside of your home--all decorated.... NEAT.


Lois said...

It looks good! Love the autumn photo too.

happyone said...

I like meals like this.
The decorations look great around the entrance way.

Elephant's Child said...

Love that doorway.
And hope everyone who tries it enjoys the recipe.

Catarina said...

The best goulash I ate was in Prague a few years ago. Delicious!!! I still remember the taste.
: )

Linda said...

Beautiful doorway, and this recipe looks very wholesome.

Lisabella Russo said...

What a beautiful doorway, it looks so seasonal and lovely.

NatureFootstep said...

food looks delicious and the decorations is beautiful.

carol l mckenna said...

Love goulash and your decorations for Halloween are elegant, fun and creative ~ ^_^

Love and light,
A ShutterBug Explores aka (A Creative Harbor)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

That stew sounds like a bowl of autumn. :) I love olives, but I've never used them in a stew before. Sounds interesting. "Eye" will have to give it a try...

Debby Ray said...

Oh my, that looks good! Thanks for sharing the recipe and enjoy your fall!

RO said...

Some of the veggies sound new, and I love lamb! Hugs...and happy weekend!

DeniseinVA said...

Thanks Jan, looks great. I love olives :) Beautiful Autumn scene.

Bob Bushell said...

I love the halloween by front door.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This sounds great if I can leave out the lamb. Everything else I really love. In the States, we just call it beets and leave off the root part.

Wow, if only my front entrance could look so good!

Neesie said...

Wow that looks good and fun too. The doorstep looks fantastic too ;D

Bill said...

That sounds great and delicious. I like how the entrance is decorated in the autumn colours, very pretty.
Enjoy the weekend.

Snowbird said...

How colourful, I could use tofu for this one! So many of your dishes adapt well to veggie/vegan

Conniecrafter said...

It is really starting to get chilly here, this is sounding very good for these cool evenings :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Yummy recipe and gorgeous photo!!! Thanks Jan! Hugs!

Lisa said...

A hearty meal to keep you going through the evening of trick or treat callers!
Lisa x

DMS said...

That does look like a Halloweeenish dinner/lunch!

Love the decorations!!