Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Easiest Goulash Sauce

After spending many vacations and holidays in an Argentine-German town, my family and I incorporated goulash as one of our go-to meals. It's adaptable and easy to make. Whenever I make rice or pasta and want a hearty sauce to go with it, this goulash sauce comes to the rescue.

Many goulash connoisseurs will want to add tomatoes to this sauce. You can, and it will be delicious as well. But this exquisite version is easier and quicker. However, do add diced tomatoes or a cup of tomato puree, if you prefer. If you are a natural at cooking you'll know that it's OK to add your own twist to any recipe. 

For the easiest-goulash-sauce-around you will need:

  • 5 onions (the bigger the better)
  • 1 or 2 garlic clove
  • 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds cubed beef
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of oregano and/or any dried herbs that you like in a sauce
  • 3 teaspoons of sweet red paprika (this ingredient makes the sauce look red and taste so good)
  • 1 cup of water, or broth, or even red wine.
  • 1 1/2 cups of liquid cream or sour cream to serve

Heat olive oil in a casserole. Add chopped onions and garlic. Add cubed beef. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the herbs and paprika. When meat is brown and cooked, reduce heat and add either a cup of water, wine or broth and let it cook for half and hour to one hour.

Cook for as long as you're able to. You could leave it on the stove for 3 hours to get the best buttery beef out of it, just be sure to add liquids (broth, wine, or water) as needed. When it's done, add cream and let it heat up for a few minutes.

If, like me, you have a family, fork in hand, waiting at the table, just add cream, stir for a few minutes and serve on top of gnocchi. It's delicious! Here's a ricotta gnocchi recipe I posted not too long ago, that you may like. 

The beauty of this sauce is that you can use it with any type of pasta, but also couscous or rice. I have yet to try this sauce with quinoa. Have you ever tried it? 

P.S. Argentina Empanadas Made Easy

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