Easy Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

1 lb. May Tree Farm ground beef

olive oil

2 Tbsp. all purpose flour

1-2 cups sour cream

1 lb. fresh baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced

1 vidalia onion, chopped

2 tsp garlic powder or minced garlic

1-2 can(s) beef broth, or 2 beef bouillion cubes with 1-2 c. water, or 1 Tbsp beef base with 1-2 c. water

salt and pepper

egg noodles or rice for serving

 

1.  Brown ground beef and onions in olive oil over medium heat; sprinkle flour over beef and onions  just before they are done and stir in as they finish browning (the mixture will be quite dry and the flour may begin to make the bottom of the pan look brown; that’s o.k. just don’t let it burn) 

2.  Stir in 1 can beef broth, scraping the bottom of the pan as you stir to loosen any bits that stuck during browning; add garlic, salt and pepper; cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer about 15 minutes (check after 10 minutes; if it has begun to dry out, add more liquid.  it should be fairly runny at this point)

3. Meanwhile, in a seperate skillet, cook mushrooms in olive oil until light golden brown.

4.  Remove cover from stroganoff and stir in half of mushrooms.  (Reserve other half for topping) 

5. Fold in 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sour cream (do not use light sour cream) gently but quickly until well blended. Remove from heat.

6.  Cover the stroganoff and let it sit, off heat, for about 5 minutes (the sauce will thicken as it stands)

7.  Serve over egg noodles or rice and place a spoonful of reserved mushrooms on top along with a dollop of sour cream.

Tastes great with garlic bread.

Pictured here with egg noodles and french bread.

* a note about sour cream:  Light sour cream does not work well for this recipe because it won’t give the sauce the body it needs to cling to the noodles.  Also, you can’t have too much sour cream.  If you put in half a cup and the sauce doesn’t look creamy enough – throw in some more, it won’t hurt.  Also, if you accidentally make the sauce too runny, just add more sour cream to thicken it up; you can always do an extra mile on the treadmill tomorrow:))