Paprikash is a Hungarian stew, but I am not sure this is the classical recipe, I just made it the way my Mom did. She usually made this with chicken wings, or thighs. I chose to make it with turkey wings. I just love the flavor and texture of it, sticky yummy deliciousness.
Here is what you need for 2 portions:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound meat : turkey wings (chicken wings, thighs, breast or even beef... your choice)
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 peeled and chopped tomatoes (about 1/2 cup)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon (or to taste) hot paprika, or other hot red pepper
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 large eggs
1/2 and 1 tablespoon flour, sifted
Wash the meat thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels. It is always best to cook meat when it is at room temperature, not directly out of the fridge.
Heat a large and quite deep saute pan on medium high heat, melt the butter, and brown the meat for 4-5 minutes o each side, until the skin gets golden and crunchy. Careful not to tear the skin when turning them. Also, if the pan is not deep enough , this can get messy, and even dangerous, as the butter will splash all around, so be careful, use some long thongs, and kitchen mitts.
When the skin is crispy, take them out of the pan, and set aside on a plate. Place the chopped onions and garlic in the same pan, and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile place a pot with water with a big pinch of salt on heat and let it get to a simmer.
Add the tomato sauce over onions, mix well, cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the chopped tomatoes too, and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Return the meat to pan, and add all seasoning, minus the sour cream and parsley. Stir everything, and let it simmer on low heat for 10 -15 minutes. If it gets a little dry, add some hot water from the pot you put to simmer.
While the meat cooks, prepare the dumplings.
In a medium bowl beat the eggs with a pinch of salt, then add the flour and mix well, until you get a sticky soft dough.
When the pot of water gets to a simmer, using a teaspoon, dipped in cold water first, take small dollops of dough and place them in the simmering water.
Even if the dough is very soft, it should come out of the teaspoon fairly easy, when you dip it all in the water, and take out the teaspoon. Do this with all the dough, you should get about 20-25 dumplings. Be careful for the water to be simmering, not boiling, so that the dumplings don't disintegrate. Cook them for 10-12 minutes. Stir slowly once or twice., after 4-5 minutes pass, not before. You will see them fluff up, and double in size.
When the 12 minutes pass, the meat must also be almost done, and all you have to do is to scoop the dumplings out of the water, and place them on top of the meat. Don't need to drain them, you can have some of the water in the sauce. Stir and let them cook all together for another 5-7 minutes.
Serve hot, with a tablespoon of sour cream on top. You can garnish with fresh parsley too (if you like parsley... I don't :P )