Beef Stroganoff (Quick!)

So I’ll tell you a funny story. In the Carter household, Stroganoff was the king of all dinners. My mother managed to turn a packet of stroganoff mix into pure glory. It was creamy, beefy, and flavorful.

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING (aside from a few minor tweeks), has changed since. She claims she can no longer make it taste like mine but that’s not true. She just didn’t realize how much Sherry I add :).

When I first met Stevo, (circa 1997), I couldn’t wait to wow him with my Carter culinary skills…. Well, my plan went south rather quickly. Why? Because I used hamburger helper stroganoff mix because I couldn’t find the real stuff. Big mistake.

The look on the man’s face,  when trying my dish, was awesome (a mix of ‘what the hell??’  and who eats this dog food??).
So, you can Google all you want but the best Stroganoff is made as follows…

Ingredients:

2 packets of Durkee Stroganoff mix  (found in the gravy / soup isle.)
1lb ground chuck
1 onion
1 lb cremini mushrooms (regular button mushrooms do the trick, too)
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 a thingy of sour cream.. Sometimes more, depending on my diet regime.
Garlic
Dry sherry (a half cup)
A package of extra wide egg noodles

Sauté the onion and mushrooms in a 1/4 tablespoon of butter, over medium-low, until the mushrooms have given off their moisture (usually 15-20 mins).

Meantime, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to a large skillet.

Add the meat and cook until well browned.

Drain the fat and add the onion / mushroom mix to the beef.

Follow the directions on the back of the Stroganoff packet. Whisk like mad and pour it on top of the beef.

Add a half a cup of dry sherry and cook over medium-high until the sherry burns off and mixture becomes thick. Add the Worcestershire sauce.

In the meantime, boil your noodles.  (duh).

When the  noodles are done, remove the beef from the heat and stir in that yummy sour cream. Then, combine the noodles with the beef and add more sour cream, if you want it uber creamy.

Stevo tasted the real – deal and agreed to marry me. 🙂

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  1. Pingback: Sydney Bakers Recipe used in his Restaurant Sydney’s : Beef Stroganoff | Stephen Darori on Family Recipes and Cooking

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