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Dracula’s Transylvanian Ghoul-ash

Serves 4

This is garlicky enough to keep the most persistent of vampires off your doorstep. One bite and you’ll want to nuzzle up to this Ghoul-ash any night of the week!


  • Salt
  • 1 pound extra-large egg noodles
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons chives (20 blades), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus some for drizzling
  • 1 pound sirloin steak – place in the freezer for about 10 minutes, remove and slice against the grain as thin as you can manage (slices should be the size of egg noodles)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour, for dusting steak (eyeball it)
  • 1/2 small onion, peeled
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 jar chopped pimentos (4 ounces), thoroughly drained
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 pound triple-washed spinach, stems removed
  • Nutmeg, freshly grated, to taste


  1. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the egg noodles and cook to al dente, with a bite to them. Drain the noodles and add back to hot pot and toss with butter and half of the dill and chives; stir to combine.
  2. When the water for the noodles is close to coming up to a boil, place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of EVOO, about two turns of the pan. While the skillet is heating up, season the steak slices with some salt and freshly ground black pepper, then sprinkle with the flour and toss the meat around to distribute. Add the coated sliced steak to the skillet and spread out in an even layer.

  3. Brown the meat for 2-3 minutes alone, then grate the onion and garlic over the meat and sprinkle with the smoked paprika. Give the skillet a stir and continue to cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add the drained pimentos and beef stock and stir to combine. Bring up to a bubble and simmer until lightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in sour cream and give the meat a taste to see if it needs any more salt and pepper.
  4. Wilt spinach into a drizzle of EVOO over medium heat and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg, to taste.

  5. Divide the buttered herbed noodles among four plates and top with Ghoul-ash and remaining dill and chives for garnish. Serve some wilted spinach alongside.