By Lilia

Title: The Perfect Soljanka: A Classic Recipe to Enjoy

Soljanka, a hearty and spicy dish that has its origins in Eastern European cuisine, is also very popular in Germany. Often served as a stew or soup, this traditional dish is a delicious combination of sour, salty and spicy flavors that will delight any palate. In this post, I will share with you a classic recipe for solyanka that will allow you to prepare this delicate dish in your own home.

### The ingredients:

For this Soljanka recipe you need:

– 300 g mixed meat (pork, beef, sausage)
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 2 garlic cloves, chopped
– 1 red pepper, diced
– 1 green pepper, diced
– 4 gherkins, sliced
​​– 200 g sour cream
– 2 tbsp tomato paste –
1 tbsp paprika
– 1 bay leaf
– 5 peppercorns
– 500 ml beef broth
– salt and pepper to taste
– 2 tbsp vegetable oil for frying
– 1 small can of pickled tomatoes

### Preparation:

1. First, cut the mixed meat into small pieces. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan and fry the meat until golden brown.

2. Add the chopped onion and garlic and fry until translucent.

3. Add the diced peppers and fry for another 5 minutes until soft.

4. Add the tomato paste and paprika and stir well to combine all the ingredients.

5. Add the beef broth, pickled tomatoes, gherkins, bay leaf and peppercorns. Reduce the heat and simmer the solyanka for about 30 minutes, until the meat is tender and the flavors have blended well.

6. Finally, stir in the sour cream and season the solyanka with salt and pepper.

7. Serve the solyanka hot, garnished with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley if desired.

### Tips and variations:

– You can vary this basic recipe as you like, for example by using different types of meat or adding more vegetables.
– If you like it spicier, you can add some hot paprika or chili peppers.
– Solyanka tastes best when it is left to sit for a few hours or even overnight so that the flavors can fully develop.
– Serve the solyanka with fresh bread or baguette to soak up the delicious sauce.

### Conclusion:

Soljanka is a real treat for the palate and a perfect dish for cold days or convivial evenings with family and friends. With this simple recipe you can discover the delicious variety of German cuisine and spoil your loved ones with a hearty stew that is guaranteed to delight them. Try it and let yourself be enchanted by the wonderful flavors of Soljanka! Enjoy your meal!