Hungarian Paprika Goulosh

Have to give a double thumbs up to the Paprika Spiced Pork and Sauerkraut Stew.

This turned out amazing even if I didn’t have egg noodles to go with it. It made a ton of stew that I’m going to have to nibble the rest of the week.

I tweaked the recipe in that instead of marinading the meat for 24 hours I cooked the entire thing in the oven on very low heat over night, from about 6 pm until morning. I added the sauerkraut this morning and left it to bubble away until lunch. I wish I’d added more vegetables or even potatoes to make this more like a traditional stew but it still was amazing. I also substituted cooking sherry and a few spoonfuls of red wine vinegar for the red wine in the recipe since I cannot cook with or drink red wine.

Cooking note: Some how I have never used fresh heads of garlic. Man, are those things sticky once peeled and your hands smell for hours afterwards. Use lemon juice to get it off.


Soup for the Week

Weekend before last I made a pot of soup that was raved over by everyone who had it.
It was a mistake in action that turned out amazing so I thought I would share the recipe.
I was making 15 bean soup and let the beans sit for 2 days soaking since I did not have time to make it the first night. On the second night I cooked the beans for two hours before tossing them completely. They smelled sour and had gone bad while they sat soaking.

Well, while the beans were cooking I chopped a ton of veggies and sauteed everything. So now I had a ton of vegetables ready to go in the pot and no beans or stock to add them to. I called Mom and chatted for a bit about what I was making and we went though my cabinets figuring out what would work. The recipe below is what came out of it.

1 cup diced carrots
2 cup diced cabbage
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onion
(olive oil to coat pan and salt and pepper to season)
-Saute the vegetables to just soft with still a bit of crunch.

In a stock pot combine the following.

2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 vegetable bullion cube
sauteed vegetables
1-2 cup wild rice mix
1 can mexican corn
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can diced seasoned tomatoes (I used the kind with jalapenos and onion)
1 diced jalapeno
1 tbsp lime juice

2 cups shredded chicken, already cooked.
2 cups polish kielbasa sausage, cut into thin rounds.

Cook on medium till everything is tender. This took about 1 hour for me.

Tortilla Soup

Cover of "Tortilla Soup"
Cover of Tortilla Soup

I made Tortilla Soup from the book Solo Suppers and I think I have died and gone to heaven. This stuff is amazing! Utterly evil. The recipe made about three bowls of soup, two of which are heading to work for lunch. This may convince me to not eat out for the rest of the week.

Cannot recommend it higher! By the way, highly recommend the book as well. Great for quick small quantity dinners that work for singles or couples who like to cook but are not willing to give up good food while cooking for just one or two.

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