Friday, June 13, 2014

Quick Hungarian Mushroom Paprikash

What the cat is paprikash? According to my research and mostly Wikipedia - not an evidenced based source, but it will do for my current purposes - paprikash is a stew flavored by the spice paprika. Hence the name paprikash.

I have been meaning to make my version of this recipe for some time now. I enjoy pasta with homemade tomato sauce, but I also admit that it gets boring. This recipe is really easy and you can dress it up or down any which way. Add chickpeas or baked tofu for a more substantial meal (the more protein in your food, the more satiated you will be, but don't over do it). You can add an additional cup of favorite vegetables, perhaps a bell pepper?

Hungarian Mushroom Paprikash
Hungarian Mushroom Paprikash 

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, sliced into half moons
1 (10-oz package) baby bella "cremini" mushrooms, roughly sliced (white button mushrooms may be substituted)
2 large portabella mushrooms, roughly sliced with gills and all
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
3 large carrots, peeled and shredded
Freshly ground black pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon salt (season according to your taste)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons sweet smoked paprika or regular sweet paprika
1 (6-oz can) tomato paste
2 cups strong vegetable broth
1 tablespoon corn starch (optional)
1/2 cup unsweetened soy or almond milk (vegan sour cream may be substituted, use about 1/3 cup)

*Cooked noodles of choice (I used brown rice noodles)

In a large, deep pan, sauté the onion, baby bella mushrooms, large portabella mushrooms, and carrots in oil, over a medium heat, for about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir often.

*This is a good time to start boiling the water for your noodles. 

Add garlic, and all the spices and cook for another minute. Add tomato paste and continue cooking for another 2 minutes or so. It is important that the raw taste of tomato paste is "cooked off."

Stir in the vegetable broth, cover and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes.

*Optional: You will use corn starch to thicken the stew, however skip this step if you like the consistency as is. It will be rather thick without the corn starch. During the last 5 minute mark, remove about 1/2 cup stew and place it in a small bowl. Add corn starch and whisk it well to ensure no lumps are left. Add it back into the pan. 

Turn off the heat and add the plant milk. Mix well. If adding vegan sour cream, do so gradually and also off the heat. Otherwise, there is a chance it will separate. Nie dobrze! (Translation from Polish: not good!)

Be sure to taste the prepared dish for additional seasonings such as salt and pepper.

Serve over cooked noodles of choice or anything you fancy.

Peace out!

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