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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Goulash is my favorite meat stew, no matter which protein is used – beef, veal, pork, poultry or game. The texture, color, and flavor have great appeal to me.
While there are of course different ways of preparing goulash, as well as different recipes, the main mark of a good goulash is to use the same amount of onions as protein, a great amount of sweet paprika powder for color and texture (sometimes hot paprika is added), as well as a special season mix of 1/3 thyme, 1/3 caraway seeds, and 1/3  lemon peel (yellow part only), all finely chopped and added to the meat while sauteing, to impart a rich, un-mistaking goulash-flavor. Of course, salt and pepper is a must.
Naturally, as with most dishes that have been around that long, there are dozens of variations,- you can add (or not) garlic, rosemary, bell peppers, potatoes, marjoram, red wine, bell peppers (zigeuner goulash) and even sauerkraut (Szegediner goulash). Also very popular is goulashsuppe (goulash soup). The big difference between preparing goulash and a regular stew is that for goulash, the onions are sautéed first until broken down and lightly colored, THEN the meat is added, and sautéed until all liquid has evaporated.
Because of the collagen in the meat, as well as the large amount of onions and ground paprika, no flour is needed to thicken the sauce.
Best enjoyed with pasta, goulash can also be served with rice, bread dumplings or potato dumplings, mashed potatoes, croquette potatoes, roast potatoes or just plain rustic bread.
Myself, I enjoy any type and version of goulash, paired with any good side dish that’s available 🙂
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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Preparation :
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Lusting  for something creamy, cheesy and light, yet packing a hefty flavor-punch ?  Well,  you have arrived 🙂
This great concoction satisfies on so many levels. The lightness of the gnocchi, creaminess of the sauce, freshness of the spinach, the sharp punch of the ripe gorgonzola and the slightly acidic burst of the tomatoes…….
What else can I say about this lovely dish ? Simply put – Yummy taste and great looking to boost 🙂
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Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

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Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

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Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

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Chicken Fricasse & Potato Dumplings

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Although  chicken and pasta any style  is one of my favorite dishes, this afternoon I gave myself a choice between hausgemachte spätzle and kartoffelknödel.
Kartoffelknödel (potato dumplings) won today, so I will probably make some hausgemachte spätzle  (small flour dumplings)  in the coming few days.

Bon Appetit !   Live is Good ! 
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Potato Dumpling Recipe – Click Here

Hausgemachte Spätzle Recipe – Click Here
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Chicken Fricasse & Potato Dumplings

Chicken Fricasse & Potato Dumplings With Scallion And Fried Onions

Step by step instructions below :
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Saute Onions & Mushrooms in Olive Oil

Saute Onions & Mushrooms in Olive Oil

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Remove From Pan, Reserve

Remove From Pan, Reserve

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Saute Salt & Pepper Seasoned Chicken

Saute Salt & Pepper Seasoned Chicken

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Add Merlot

Add Merlot

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Add Diced Tomatoes

Add Diced Tomatoes

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Add Porcini Powder

Add Porcini Powder

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Add Brown Chicken Stock, Simmer Until Tender. Check Seasoning

Add Brown Chicken Stock, Simmer Until Tender, Add Mushrooms And Onions, Check / Adjust Seasoning

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Chicken Fricasse & Potato Dumplings

Chicken Fricasse & Potato Dumplings

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Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew

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Potato Dumplings

Potato Dumplings With Scallions & Fried Onions

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Chicken Friccasse & Potato Dumplings

Chicken Friccasse & Potato Dumplings

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Fricasse Vom Huhn mit Kartoffelknoedeln

Fricasse Vom Huhn mit Kartoffelknoedeln

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Braised Oxtail & Potato Dumplings “Geschmorter Ochsenschwanz & Kartoffelknödel”

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Geschmorter  Ochsenschwanz & Kartoffelknödel  /  Braised Ox Tail & Potato Dumplings
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I remember with nostalgia when you could get oxtail from your butcher for a buck and a half a pound. Those were the day’s. Obviously long gone, but not forgotten. Nowadays it’s gonna cost an average of $ 5.00 a pound. Considering a nice portion to be about 2.5 pounds, you might only want to prepare this for a dinner party with the best of friends 🙂
Anyway, since I only cook for Bella and myself nowadays, cost was not a concern. Time however is of the essence. You want to cook your oxtails REAL slow, so they get very tender without falling apart. This batch took about 3.5 hours to cook. Was it worth the trouble ? You bet your foot it was. Especially when you also prepare these great potato dumplings to soak up every last bit of the knock-out sauce you get by simmering the meat and vegetables for all that time.
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Guten Appetit !   Das Leben ist Schön !
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Geschmorter Ochsenschwanz & Kartoffelknoedel

Geschmorter Ochsenschwanz & Kartoffelknoedel

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Ingredients :

Oxtail,   cut into single links
Bell peppers,   medium diced
Onions,   medium diced
Tomatoes,   canned, diced
Garlic,    paste
Peanut oil,
Kosher salt,
Cayenne pepper,
Hungarian paprika,
Veal stock,   or substitute
Red wine,
Dark beer,

Method :

Saute oxtails in hot oil until nicely browned on all sides. Remove from pot, set aside. Saute onions and peppers until caramelized. Now it is time to saute the paprika for a minute. Then add salt and pepper.Make sure you dont over season at this point. Remember, the stock will reduce a great deal when simmering for  long period of time. Add wine and beer to deglaze the pan. Return ox tail to pot, cover with veal juice  (substitute with chicken stock, vegetable stock or even water if nothing else is available. Simmer until oxtail is tender. Remove oxtail with a slotted spoon into a clean pot. Adjust seasoning of sauce if necessary. Strain sauce through a fine mesh sieve over oxtail. Make sure you press all the vegetables through the sieve. This will thicken your sauce and give it more body and flavor.
Serve with your favorite pasta or dumplings.

Potato Dumpling Recipe

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” Schweinebraten Madness ” ( Lot’s Of Butt )

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It was alway’s a mystery
to me why Americans call a pork shoulder a pork butt.
However, pork butt (shoulder) seems to be one of the most revered
cut’s of meat around the world, at least in cultures where religious
motives don’t forbid the consumption of pork. ( I wish there there would
be the same restriction on consumption of dog meat, in ANY religion).
Since I live alone with Bella for the time being, cooking a whole butt would
have been too much for one meal, even for Bella and I.   🙂
So, I had it on three consecutive evening’s and I id not get bored of the
repetition by the same main ingredient at all, even though I did not
transform the meat into different dishes, such as stir fry, salad, soup, etc.

The first night I enjoyed it straight from the oven, accompanied just by
apple sauce and sour dough bread. The meat was still slightly pink, although
the butt was in the oven for five hours. I usually don’t like pink pork meat
because of it’s texture and temperature, but these slices were piping hot and
the texture was great.

The second night I made potato dumplings to go with it, to mop up the unusual
jus I made from the drippings and served it with horseradish cream and chimichurri.

The third night I just could not resist but have pasta , again to mop up the jus
but also because after three day’s, serious pasta-withdrawal symtoms started to appear.
All in all, three day’s of great dinners with a minimum of effort but a maximum
of satisfaction. ( Chew on that, Mick Jagger   🙂
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First portion, day one

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Second portion, day two

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Third portion, day three

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Ingredient’s :

Pork butt,                 skin and fat scored,
(knuckle removed for another dish)
Kosher salt,             to taste
Cayenne,                  to taste
Garlic powder,        to taste
Onion powder,       to taste

Method :

Rub butt on all sides generously with the seasoning,
roast at 425 for thirty minutes, turn down to 260 and
cook for four hours. Turn up heat to 425 and cook for
another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for
at least 30 minutes in a warm place before slicing.
If you like to cook your meat to a complete well done,
add another one to two hours at 260 degrees, depending
on the size of the butt.

Jus :

Deglaze  roasting pan with white wine, strain and remove
to a small sauteuse. Add oyster sauce, soy sauce, rasted garlic paste,
scotch bonnet hot sauce, maggi seasoning and apple sauce and simmer
until well combined.

Potato Dumplings :

Ingredient’s :

Potatoes,                  Boiled, riced, dried overnight
Egg,                           whole
Egg,                           yolk
Salt,                           to taste
Cayenne,                  to taste
Nutmeg,                   to taste
AP flour,                  as needed

Method :

Mix all ingredients without overworking or the potatoes will get soft and gooey.
Form tennis ball sized balls, add to boiling salt water, return to a boil for one minute.
turn down heat and slowly simmer until dumplings are cooked through,
about 45 minutes.
You might want to remove one and cut in half to make sure they are done.
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Ingredients for potato dumplings

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Dear friend’s,  here we have a typical example for the reason why I usually
don’t include measurements in my recipes . It is almost impossible to give the
EXACT proportions of the ingredient’s of the dumplings. There are too many
variables, such as the exact size of the eggs, the ratio of the yolk to the white,
the exact moisture content of the potatoes, the amount of starch in the particular
potatoes used, etc. Those variables are the reason why folk’s who rely on
following recipes to the dot will usually be blessed with very mixed results.
Remember, most recipes in savory cooking should be used as guidelines,
mixt with practice, practice practice. That’s one of the reason we have so
many young chef’s failing to do simple dishes to perfection, because without
practice and a thorough understanding of the influences of temperature,
moisture and many other factor’s, cooking great and near perfect dishes is mostly
a game of chances (as sadly proven around the world on a daily basis in a sea of
lousy restaurants) with food prepared by what I call recipe cook’s who, in most
cases, don’t understand the basics of our great profession.

So, there you have it, my opinion.
Sorry recipe cooks, you must add practice to your recipe’s. No way around it.
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Guten Appetit !   Life is Good !
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