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Bratislava, Slovakia

Last June, Zuzana and I tied the knot with much celebration. Unfortunately, due to the economy and other issues, her relatives really couldn't make the long trip from Slovakia to celebrate with us. Thus we had decided early on to fly out in September to see my new in-laws, celebrate our wedding, and get in some relaxation.

So we're here in Bratislava relaxing, sipping coffee, eating wonderful bread and produce, enjoying Kofola from the tap as well as many varieties of radler, connecting with relatives, and much more. We're also going to be checking out a unique festival known as Vinobranie (vee-no-brahn-eh).

The festival is a celebration of the harvest, somewhat similar to Oktoberfest, but with freshly-pressed not-full-aged wine. I'll get into more details on that (as well as the food involved in this fest) at another time. For now, I want to share with you another Slovak dish I tried the very first time I met my now Mother-In-Law years ago.

Krumpli Guláš (kroom-plee goulash) is a super-simple, but tasty dish one can easily make for those Autumn chills or Winter freezes. As you can see, it looks like a potato mush loaded with sausage, but it's super delicious and worth trying. Make yourself a pot and let me know what you think.

Krumpli Guláš

Krumpli Guláš

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, diced
  • 5-9 potatoes (depending on size), peeled and chopped into chunks
  • Water
  • 1 package (14 oz) of smoked sausage
  • 2 tbsp of majorum
  • 1 tbsp of Vegeta
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a stock pot, heat up the olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Place the onion in and cook until soft.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat.
  4. Add in the potatoes, and fill with enough water to just almost submerge them.
  5. Place the pot back on the stove and bring to a boil.
  6. Lower the heat to medium-low and set to simmer.
  7. Add in the smoked sausage, majorum, Vegeta, and paprika.
  8. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes break down into a chunky mush.

Tags: Slovak, potato, sausage, stew

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