Lamb and Turnip Goulash

This is the third recipe in a series, which was served at our recent Gourmet Club Christmas party. This is a no fuss holiday meal that your family is sure to enjoy!

A favorite meal growing up in our home was Mom’s Goulash recipe. Made with ground hamburger, onions and potatoes it was easy and very satisfying. The traditional goulash recipe calls for several nightshade plants (potatoes and paprika).

I follow an anti-arthritis diet which calls for avoiding the nightshade plants, so I decided to do my own remake substituting turnips for the potatoes and herbs for the paprika. I also had lot of ground lamb in our freezer so decided to substitute ground lamb for beef!

It met with my Gourmet Club’s approval, and folks were going back for seconds, so I made it again last night so I could refine the recipe and share it with you. If you try the recipe, please let me know in the comments, below!


Too Cute Turnips

Kimberly’s Seasonal Goulash

Serves 4


1 lb ground lamb (pasture raised from a local farmer)


Love my herb chopping bowl block, keeps things from flying out!

1 cup onion

1/2 TBL bacon drippings or butter

1 cup turnips, peeled and cubed (around 3 turnips)

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon fresh or dried rosemary (if fresh, remove leaves, discard stem and chop fine)

1 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano (if fresh, chop both leaves and stem, fine)

1 teaspoon sea salt

12 grinds black pepper


Peel turnips, chop off root and stems. Slice and then cut into 1/4 inch cubes. Steam for 8 minutes. Set aside.


Fry onions in animal fat from local farms!

Peel and chop onions.  Add bacon grease or butter to a deep fry pan. Saute onions until translucent. Remove from pan and set aside.

Brown ground lamb in the same deep frying pan. When browned add onions, herbs, salt and pepper and turnips.

Cover and simmer and allow the herbs to cook and the flavors to meld.


So easy, so yummy!

Serve with aplomb and your favorite vegetable!

Shown above with my awesome brussels sprouts au gratin recipe. Last night, I substituted creme fraiche for the cream. It is fun to play with different ingredients!

Why not try your own goulash recipe adaptation? What ingredients would you substitute? Please share your ideas with our readers in the comments.

Kimberly Hartke is a realfoodmedia.com blogger.

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