DELICOUSLY CREAMY BEEF STROGANOFF – A RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN CLASSIC
Beef stroganoff is one of the world’s ultimate comfort foods. It originated in 19th century Russia, but has now become a widely popular dish around the world. While it originated in Russia, the recipe was created by a French chef, explaining the French influence. This recipe is based on the traditional American version, which includes mushrooms, onions and sour cream served over a bed of pasta. While mushrooms are not typically included in the Russian version, I love them in this dish. And the sour cream at the end is what pulls the whole thing together.
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Hearty and delicious, this beef stroganoff is definitely one of the favorites around our house. Plus, it’s easy to make…I’m pretty sure anyone can do it. So let’s get to it. The ingredients are pretty simple. I find a more tender cut of beef works the best. If you’re rolling in cash, use tenderloin. If you’re like me, go for a cheaper cut like tri-tip. It’s not as tender – obviously – but it works great in this recipe.
Heat the bacon grease in a skillet on medium high heat. If you don’t have bacon grease, butter will work just fine. Pat cubed beef dry with paper towels, season with salt and pepper and dust lightly with flour.
Arrange the beef around the pan and lightly brown on all sides. Once browned, remove and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and add the mushrooms, onions and garlic to the pan; sauté until soft.
Add the sherry to de-glaze the pan and cook for about 1 minute, then add the beef broth, cream of mushroom soup and the browned beef cubes.
Simmer for 20 minutes, add the heavy whipping cream, and simmer another 10 minutes. Add the sour cream and stir until heated throughout. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh chives and serve over egg noodles or rice. I like egg noodles. And maybe just a touch of bread to sop up anything the noodles don’t catch. When we had this last night, I looked up to see the boyfriend licking the plate. It’s that good.
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