Beef Stroganoff

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Stroganoff has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember, and once I went off to college, I had to learn quickly how to make the dish for myself. Yes, many converts were made, and to this day it’s a go-to meal when I could use a pick-me-up or just want something warm, creamy and delicious for dinner. This is a great base recipe, so there’s room to grow and experiment (try adding some curry powder or BBQ seasonings).

Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients, Makes 2 servings

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Just imagine there’s some chicken broth in there too.

  • 6 oz. lean ground beef or marbled beef chuck
  • 1 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 cup yellow onions, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or lowfat plain yogurt for a slightly tangy flavor
  • egg noodles
  • salt to taste
  • Optional: Curry, BBQ seasonings, Italian seasonings or another favorite to season the beef.

Directions

From prep to plating, this whole meal takes about 30 minutes to compile, and even faster once you’ve made it a few times. As always, make sure to have your ingredients ready to go, and you’ll be eating in no time flat.

  • As you prepare the beef and sauce, cook up egg noodles according to package instructions and set aside.
  • Heat 1/2 tbsp butter over medium-low heat in a frying pan
  • Add beef, about 1 tsp of salt (and any other seasonings you prefer) and brown lightly. Separate if using ground beef. Set aside.

Sour cream will curdle if the broth is too hot, so pour in slowly and whisk quickly.

  • Without cleaning the pan, add in the remaining butter, onions and mushrooms. Sautée and stir until the onions are translucent.
  • Pour in chicken broth and allow to heat until lightly bubbling. Remove from heat and allow broth to cool slightly.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour and sour cream until well mixed.
  • Once the chicken broth has cooled, hold back the mushrooms and onions, and slowly pour a little broth at a time into the bowl until all the both has been combined. Whisk together quickly to prevent curdling. If experimenting with seasonings, add some more to the sauce.
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    Nearly there!

    Return the mushrooms and onions to low heat and add in the beef.

  • Pour the sour cream mixture into the pan, and allow to heat through for a few minutes, stirring frequently. You’ll start to see the sauce thicken.
  • Add any additional salt and seasonings to taste.
  • Stir in noodles, covering the with sauce and now it’s time for the best part: EAT!

 

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