It would seem that if vodka is Mother Russia, balalaika, nested doll, bear. Nothing like this! One of the most popular sauces in the USA is orange. Vodka sauce. It is sold in every supermarket, there is in any American refrigerator. Yes, and on its own to cook it is not at all difficult. You will need affordable and simple ingredients, well, actually a little vodka.
Vodka sauce for pasta and not only
It's like Italian pesto - Vodka sauce can be used with anything. Americans eat chips and chicken nuggets with vodka sauce and add to sandwiches or burritos. In the most run-down shop you will find a variety of all kinds of Vodka Sauce, from the simplest to the pathos Organic with all kinds of certificates of natural taste and health benefits.
You can buy, but you can cook yourself. Fortunately, this does not take much time.
As in any other sauce, in the preparation of Vodka Sauce it is not so much the recipe and exact proportions that are important as inspiration, a good mood and a set of products that will come to hand.
If the balls are really rolling in the house, you can use tomato paste, but it is better to make this sauce from fresh tomatoes or a prepared mixture of chopped tomatoes like Pomi or Pomito. It will be even more convenient with it - no need to free the tomatoes from the skin. In my memory, Americans never deal with fresh vegetables at all, preferring to use canned preserves.
So, we grind one kilogram of sliced blanched tomatoes or two packs of tomato mixture in a blender. You can immediately add greens there: basil, celery, parsley and so on - at your discretion, most often this sauce uses a traditional set of Italian cuisine herbs. And necessarily 3-4 cloves of garlic.
Meanwhile, fry finely chopped onion in olive oil. If large, one is enough. When the onion reaches a blush, pour vodka into the pan. Half a cup is enough. Warm up for 10 minutes, then add the tomato mass. Salt, pepper (or different types of pepper), seasonings - to taste and mood. Mix thoroughly.
In fact, the variations in the preparation of this sauce can not be counted. Add soy sauce or balsamic vinegar. Beans are fried with hot chili. Some housewives, along with onions at the very beginning, also fry meat or minced meat. Personally, it seems superfluous to me. As the saying goes, the best is the enemy of the good.
After fifteen minutes, add the cream in a well-heated mass, the Americans call them heavy cream. According to the specified proportions, you need a standard 200 ml sachet. Mix. The color of the sauce turns orange. We cook another 15-20 minutes, until the consistency that we like, and we can use it.
If you decide to use Vodka Sauce as a pasta dressing, then the dish will be called Penne alla vodka. Although the name is Italian, it seems to me that it is purely American.
In this case, the feathers pasta is cooked to the state of al dente (semi-prepared), seasoned with hot Vodka sauce, and sprinkled with grated parmesan. Voila!