Having spent a lot of time outdoors this summer there was little time for fancy cooking creations yet a lot of time for outdoor kitchen experiments! This Swiss recipe from Bern is an all time favorite for a simple, yet delicious meal you can cook directly on a fire. All you need is a little time, a cast iron pot and you will have yourself a hearty pot of goulash particularly yummy on a colder evening, so get yourself ready for fall camping!
Ingredients (2-3 people):
ca. 400g stew meat (beef, in cubes)
2 slices of bacon (cut into pieces)
2 onions (finely cut)
2 cloves of garlic (finely cut)
2 carrots (fine dices)
2 medium sized bell peppers (cut into pieces)
400g canned tomates (crushed)
4-6 potatoes (cut into coarse pieces)
4 tablespoons of powdered paprika
2-4 dl chicken stock (Water & bouillon cubes)
salt & pepper
Make a fire (that’s kind of essential). Put the pot on the fire. Add the bacon, then brown the meat cubes. Add the onions and garlic and continue to sauté for ca. 3 minutes. Add the carrot pieces and the red pepper and stir for 1-2 minutes. Add paprika powder, deglaze with chicken stock and fill up with the canned tomatoes. Cover the pot with the lid and let it cook for at least an hour (you cannot go wrong with longer). Stir from time to time and, if necessary, add some water.
Add the potato cubes, season with salt and pepper, stir everything and then cover the pot again and let it cook for another 45 minutes.
See if the potatoes are cooked and the meat is tender, season to taste – and enjoy!
Tip: I usually serve it with fresh bread or flour tortilla, both of which is much better if you roast it on your fire for just a couple of minutes before serving.