CZECH TOMATO SAUCE WITH BEEF AND VEGAN DUMPLINGS

READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
SERVES: 7
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 220
    ml water
  • 4
    pieces of bread rolls
  • 40 -70
    ml almond milk or 40 -70 ml soy milk for soaking of bread rolls
  • 1
    pinch salt
  • 500
    g , organic beef chunks (let them be, or make them even smaller, it is upto you (OR IN VEGAN VERSION – LEAVE IT OUT!)
  • 2
    big onions (finely sliced)
  • 1000
  • 1
    teaspoon of salt and generous pinch pepper
  • 1
    vegetable stock cube (OR 2 FOR VEGAN VERSION)
  • 17
    small balls allspice
  • 12
    cinnamon stick (I think that half of a cinnamon stick will be enough, but you shall see)
  • 300
    ml water
  • 80
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DIRECTIONS

  • FOR VEGAN DUMPLINGS:
  • Mix a little bit of tepid water (around 30ml) with yeast and ½ teaspoon of sugar and let it be for 3-5 minutes.
  • Then slice your bread rolls into 4 cm x 4 cm big pieces maximum and soak them in milk. They are supposed to be really damp but not soaking wet.
  • Then, in your bowl mix flour with salt, then soaked bread rolls and yeast.
  • Create a dough (there is a possibility, there might be a need for more flour, you don’t want your dough to be extremely sticky, but don’t add too much).
  • After this, create a roll (I’ve created 4 medium sized ones – 20 cm long and 9 cm thick) and let them rise for 20 minutes in warm place.
  • Place them into salted boiling water and cook them for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, just pierce them with a toothpick once or twice and let them chill down.
  • CZECH TOMATO SAUCE/ALSO IN VEGAN VERSION:
  • This meal is famous for it’s weird combination, but sweetness is important.
  • So let’s start with preheating your big pot on a stove with medium to high heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil (I am using rice oil most of the time), add your onions in and start to caramelize them.
  • That will take around 5-10 minutes.
  • Now add your meat and slightly roast it for 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour your tomato puree, paste, water, vegetable stock cube, seasoning and sugar as well and mix it all together and bring it to boil.
  • Then, put it to the simmering heat and with a lid on cook it for 1 hour.
  • This way meat will be extremely soft and tender.
  • But after 45 minutes, bring it to the medium/high heat again and for a last 15 minutes cook it without a lid, this way it will get thicker.
  • BUT IF YOU ARE VEGAN!
  • After caramelization of your onions, just add your tomato puree, tomato paste, seasoning, vegetable stock cubes, sugar as well and mix it together .
  • Bring it to the boil and then to simmering heat and this way cook it for 1 hour with a lid on.
  • After 45 minutes, bring your heat up again to medium to high and cook it this way for last 15 minutes without a lid on.
  • It will get much thicker this way!
  • Enjoy!
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