- 3 Tbs. olive oil
- 4 leeks, white and light green portions,
rinsed well and finely chopped
- 2 tsp. caraway seeds
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 lb. stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 Tbs. sweet Hungarian paprika
- 3 cups chicken, beef or vegetable stock
- 1 can (14 1⁄2 oz.) diced tomatoes, with juices
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Yukon gold potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream
Add the beef and paprika and sauté until the beef is evenly browned on all sides, 7 to 10 minutes.
Increase the heat to high, add the stock and bring to a boil, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits from the pan bottom. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover partially and simmer until the meat is fork-tender, 30 to 40 minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes and their juices, the garlic, potato, parsnip, carrots, salt and pepper. Cover partially and cook until all the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes more. Stir in the parsley. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Ladle the stew into warmed soup bowls and garnish with the sour cream. Serve immediately. Serves 4.