Are you in a search for a perfect and easy to make comfort food recipe to warm you up in cold weather? How about goulash with smoked sausage and potatoes? This one pot Hungarian goulash has the yummiest sauce and is freezer friendly. In this post I will walk you through the process of how to make a mouth-watering stew slightly differently than usual.
This Hungarian style goulash truly has more flavor that you will ever guess. It’s a guaranteed way to make sure that every single bite of potatoes and sausage medallions disappears from your plate. This basic recipe is living proof that a few simple ingredients can create amazing results in the kitchen.
I’ll walk you through the best potatoes to use for goulash and how to achieve that perfect comforting stew aroma.
- Smoked sausage. As we all know they can make sausage out of different types of meat. In this recipe either chicken or pork sausage will do. In terms of what kind of smoked sausage works best here, I found that I prefer Italian style smoked sausage, even though andouille, kielbasa and even chorizo are easy to work with as well:).
- Potatoes. I always use red skin potatoes in this recipe because this type of potatoes do not disintegrate while cooking. You should not use russet potatoes here because they are way more starchy the the red potatoes and will make your stew look like a mush.
- How to cut your potatoes. Simply cut them in half, and then slice into 1/2 inch pieces as shown below.
What potatoes are good in goulash or stew
As I mentioned above I usually use red skin potatoes in my goulash. And I’ve been doing to for quite some time(ok, for many years). But I also successfully used Yukon Gold or whites as well as fingerlings.
What I do is wash the potatoes, peel them, and then chop them into 1/2 inch squares, skin on and then they are ready for the stew pot. Play around with the timing until you get the potatoes to turn out exactly how you like them. I find that 15 minutes of simmering with the lid on and 10 minutes with the lid off just does the trick for me.
Should I brown my smoked sausage?
First things first, let’s slice the sausage on the bias. Slice it at an angle into thin medallions. Then brown you sausage before starting the potatoes. Simply add a bit of olive oil in the large deep skillet and brown those sausage medallions away!
Once done, those sausage slices will become deep brown in color:
After your smoked sausage is nice and brown, you can caramelize those onions in butter and sausage drippings. So good!
Finally add sliced potatoes and chopped parsley to the pan with onions and simmer for 15 minutes with the lid closed. Then uncover, and let the potatoes to simmer for 10 more minutes.
Add sliced sausage back to the pan to reheat
Can I make goulash ahead?
Yes! Always make enough stew for the next day, it is always better on day two. Do what I do. If I want the stew on Saturday, I make it on Friday and put it in the fridge until Tuesday. Try it for yourself and see if you prefer it the next day.
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Goulash with Smoked Sausage
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 14-16 ounces smoked sausage sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves minced or pressed through garlic press
- Salt to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1.5 to 2 pounds medium-size red skin potatoes peeled and sliced into 1/2” thick circles (about 2 3/4 lbs)
- 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/3 cup parsley chopped
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large deep skillet. Once the oil is hot, add in the smoked sausage medallions, and brown them for a few minutes until they become a deep brown color. Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside.
- To the same pan add in the butter, and allow it to melt; add in the onions, and caramelize those in the butter and sausage drippings, about 5-7 minutes. Now add in the garlic, a couple of pinches of salt, the freshly cracked black pepper and the paprika, and stir to combine with the onions. Saute for two more minutes.
- Next, add in the sliced potatoes, chicken stock and parsley, and stir to combine. Cover the pan with a lid that and simmer on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. Then, uncover and allow the potatoes to continue to simmer for 10 more minutes, or until they are tender and the sauce a bit thickened, stirring once or twice during that time.
- Finally add the smoked sausage back into the pan, and add a couple more pinches of salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve hot