Once upon a time there was a second Germany, the other one if you will. It was commonly known as the German Democratic Republic and this is where the sausage goulash (can we find a catchy English name here?) was born. It was extremely popular in school cafeterias, kindergardens and other public facilities, because this authentic German recipe is so easy to make and quite inexpensive, too. Every child from a GDR family knows what “Wurstgulasch”, as we call it in German, is and almost all of these people have a taste on their tongue when thinking about it.
Now, goulash originated from Hungary and usually is made with proper meat, either pork or beef or even mixed. There are hundreds of goulash recipes and it is an internationally known dish. The sausage goulash recipe from the GDR on the other hand never made it that far. Most people from the western part of Germany have no idea what it is and will give you some disbelieving looks, if you explain what you use to make it. But I tell you – thousands and thousands of ex-GDR people can’t be wrong when they say it is delicious. Even at my alma mater they serve it on an almost weekly basis in the cafeteria.
There are some variations on the making of this dish and you will find different versions on the internet. The one I am using here is an authentic German recipe from a cookbook published in 1967. It is called “Wir kochen gut” (“Good cooking”) and was published by the Verlag für die Frau, a publishing house spezialized in women topics (Yes, these were other times…).
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 1 fleischwurst (Americans call it a ring bologna)
- 1 onion
- 2 sp tomato paste
- some flour
- 0,5 l vegetable broth or beef broth
- paprika powder
- sugar for tasting
Cut the onion and the fleischwurst into cubes and fry them in a pan with some oil, then add the tomato paste. Add the vegetable broth or beef broth and let it simmer for some minutes. Then add the paprika powder, pepper and salt, taste with some sugar and add some flour to make the sauce thicker. Sausage goulash is usually served with maccaroni or spaghetti. If you feel this meal might be too unhealthy, just add a green salad as a side dish.