Inspired by Slovak Segedinský Guláš, this vegan recipe using sauerkraut is very easy to make, and savory-sour in all the right ways. Sauerkraut seasoned with loads of paprika? Yes please!
This vegan goulash recipe combines my favorite things–sauerkraut and seitan. Smoked paprika to bring a bit of the flavor of pork. Cashew cream for heavy cream. And seitan, because it’s hearty and soaks up the flavors so well. It’s delicious, especially if you’re craving Slavic flavors.
A few notes…
- ・Want to cut salt? Rinse off your sauerkraut with water and drain it thoroughly before adding to the pot. It will help remove some of the brine.
- ・No high speed blender? Soak the raw cashews in water for 4-6 hours. The longer they soak, the creamier they will be. Drain the water off, and then, use in a regular blender.
Serve this vegan sauerkraut goulash with mashed potatoes. Maybe a little vegan butter on top of the mashed potatoes, and then, the goulash on top of that? 🙂
Vegan Sauerkraut Goulash
1 cup onion, chopped
2 Tbsp vegan butter
1 ½-2 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika
½ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp caraway seeds
½ tsp onion powder
2 cups seitan chunks (store bought or make your own from scratch)
2 ½ cups water
2 cups sauerkraut, drained
½ fake beef bouillon cube (OR 1 tsp red miso)
¼ cup raw cashews
½-1 tsp cornstarch
1. In a large, heavy pot or dutch oven, add onions and vegan butter. Saute over medium-high heat for ~7 minutes or until the onions are golden and soft.
2. Add the sweet paprika, smoked paprika, caraway seeds and onion powder. Stir around for another 30 seconds.
3. Add the seitan chunks. Stir around over medium-high heat for ~5 minutes.
4. Stir in 2 cups of water, the sauerkraut and the bouillon or miso. Bring to a boil. Then, turn the heat down to low. Cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes.
5. In a high speed blender (like a Vitamix or Ninja), add the raw cashews, ½ cup water, and ½ tsp cornstarch. Blend until completely smooth.
6. Pour the cashew cream into the sauerkraut goulash, and stir until it is fully incorporated. Simmer another 2-3 minutes. Too thick? Add little more water. Taste, and adjust seasonings, if needed. Serve over mashed potatoes.