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Sissy Wommack

Serves/Makes:6 or more

  • 2 lbs (.9 kg). ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml). sugar
  • 1 quart (950 ml) to 2 quarts (1900 ml) tomatoes
  • 1 cup (225 ml) to 2 cups (475 ml) cooked pasta
  • In a large electric skillet at 325 degrees (175 C.) to 350 degrees (175 C.), brown the beef, onions, green pepper together and add the salt and lots of pepper. (I prefer an electric skillet, but any large skillet will do just as well.)
  • Drain off the excess grease after you brown the beef and vegetables, then add to this the tomatoes, and the sugar.
  • Simmer for approximately 30 minutes, or until liquid is boiled down, then add the cooked pasta, and simmer until you are ready to eat it. It may be a little juicy when you first get through cooking it, but as it cools down it drys up. (note: sometime i just put the raw pasta in after i have the tomatoes hot, and the pasta cooks with it, and the starch in the pasta, thickens the goulash.) Better even the next day, warmed up. Serve along with stewed potatoes, white beans, fried okra, fresh sliced tomatoes, raw onions or green onions, corn bread sticks, and iced tea. Yum yum
My mother, Myrtie Joette Harper Hawes, cooked this alot. Mother was a single mother with 4 kids to feed. She was a beautician by trade and got 1/2 of what she earned from the $1.50 per head for a shampoo and set, which was $.75 a person for doing hair, and permanants were $5.00, $7.50, $10.00 and a real good one was $12.50. My father left her pregnant and 3 other small children to raise, and without any financial support from him, she did it with the help of 2 bachelor brothers, Uncle Delmo and Uncle Judge and hand me down clothes from friends and neighbors. On Saturday nights, she got paid, and she would buy 3 pounds of ground beef, we called it hamburger meat, for $1.00, and she would cook 10 burgers out of it, for supper that night, and she would buy a 6 pack of Coke, (now they may have been Pepsi or Orange Crushes, or Grape Crushes, but here in the South they were all called cokes)and we would get one each, one for each child and one for mom, then there was one left and we would take that 10 oz. coke and split it 4 ways and share it. On Sunday's we had either fried chicken, chicken and dumplins or a roast. Then on Monday, if we had roast on Sunday, we had soup. Mama was off on Mondays, so we looked forward to coming home from schools on that day. This was the day that we would get sick too, where we could stay home with mom and have her to ourselves, sometime it worked sometime it didn't. Ha. Because goulash was so cheap to fix, we had it alot. We did not have meat at every meal. We had a lot of vegetables, especially white beans and corn bread. If she did not have enough eggs for breakfast for us all, she would make a big skillet of white gravy then scramble what eggs she had and then put the egg in the gravy, and we had it over toast or biscuits. We never took free lunches at school, even though we would have qualified for them, mother had lots of pride, if she did not have lunch money for us, which was $.25, we would take something from home, in a brown penny paper sack. But we had each other, and all four of us turned out pretty good. We went to church every sunday, and got our butts busted when we needed it. We all loved each other and still do, even if we fuss now and then. Sis

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