A cheap cut of beef turned tender in a creamy, peppery gravy with mushrooms on buttered noodles. Beef stroganoff is divine!
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Beef stroganoff, while having that old 1950’s sounding name and being a long standing comfort food dish here in the States, is totally not weird or experimental. In fact, it’s not even American! It’s Russian! (Go figure! I didn’t even know what beef stroganoff was until I was 20!)
It’s steak, tons of creamy, saucy gravy, and noodles! And y’all know how I am about sauce! (If you don’t, I am all about the sauce.)
Not only is this husband-tested and approved, but this was the picky two year old’s first meal with beef that he actually ate!
The noodles were another story, although he loves noodles. *grumbles about picky toddlers*
This is part of the quick and easy, family-friendly brigade, along with chicken and broccoli alfredo, which is so amazing and takes half an hour to put together, especially if you have some left over meat and veggies to toss in!
Anyway, about the food; I use an affordable steak, the eye of round. It’s tougher that most cuts, which is why I beat with a mallet to soften it up, sear it quickly, then give it a slight braise with the veggies in the delicious, delicious gravy.
Look at that gravy, though.
I’m just sayin’.
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- 1.5 lbs eye of round steaks
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 carrots, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 8 oz or more, if you like button or cremini mushrooms, quartered
- 1 yellow onion, small dice
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp cup flour
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1 heaping spoonful Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Using the tenderizing side of a meat mallet, give the eye of round steaks a good beating. Hit them about 7-10 times; you don't really want to thin them out or break through the meat.
- Slice the steaks into strips, then dice them into bite sized pieces. Start boiling water for your noodles, if you're serving with noodles.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large high sided skillet or large enamel cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Put in half of the meat, so that they aren't crowded and will sear. After a minutes, toss the meat in the pan so each side will brown. Remove the meat to a plate and repeat with remaining steak. Season meat with salt and pepper.
- Add the carrots, onion, and mushrooms to the pan over medium. Season with a little salt and pepper and saute your veggies until the onion gets a little browned. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add butter to the pan, let melt, then add flour and stir for a minute to cook out the raw flour. Splash in 1/4 cup beef broth, stir then whisk in the rest to create gravy.
- Temper the sour cream with small amounts of the sauce before adding to pan. Stir in mustard, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add meat back into pan and serve with buttered wide egg noodles and parsley.
Another comfort fave? Chicken and Gnocchi soup. It’s on our autumn and winter dinner rotations!
Or this crowd pleaser: pasta carbonara. It always leaves everyone with a smile on their face. And there’s bacon.
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Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.