Esterházy Rostélyos: A Hearty Hungarian Beef Recipe
Esterházy Rostélyos - a hearty Hungarian beef recipe - is a steak dish braised in a savory-sweet sauce of sour cream, onions, sweet vegetables, sausage and mustard.
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 25minutes
Author Stephanie Stiavetti
One2 poundtop sirloin roastcut into 1/2″ slices
1/2poundpork sausageremoved from casing and crumbled (ideally, you’d be using Mangalitsa pork)
1/4cupfinely chopped parsley
With a meat tenderizer, pound meat until thin and set aside. Take one carrot, one parsnip, and half of the celery root and cut into thin slices. Set aside. Take the remaining carrot, parsnip and celery root and cut into matchsticks. Set aside, separate from the sliced vegetables.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, cook pork sausage crumbles until most of the fat has been released and the sausage is cooked well. Remove sausage to a bowl, leaving fat in the pan.
Add beef to hot fat and cook for one minute on each side. If necessary, cook the beef in stages so as to not overcrowd the pan. Remove beef and set aside.
Add the chopped onion and the sliced vegetables (not the matchsticks!) to the hot oil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Add 2 cups water, the bay leaf, salt and pepper. Grate the rind from the lemon over the cooking vegetables and stir well. Reserve the rest of the lemon.
Return beef slices to pan and lower heat to very low. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove beef from vegetables and again set aside. In a blender, puree cooked vegetables, cooking juices, mustard, flour, sour cream, and the juice from the reserved lemon. Add a few tablespoons of water if necessary to achieve a smooth sauce.
Pour vegetable puree back into frying pan and add cooked beef and sausage. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
In a small pot over medium heat, melt butter and add matchstick vegetables. Cook until vegetables are soft (remember, the celery root takes longer to cook, so be sure to poke at it with a fork to see if they are soft before removing from heat).
Pour meat and sauce into a large, shallow bowl and top with matchstick vegetables. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.