Beef Stroganoff- my super quick recipe - Jen's Kitchen

Beef Stroganoff- my super quick recipe

The first recorded Beef Stroganoff recipe originated in 1871, in Russia, in a cookbook entitled “A Gift to Young Housewives“.  It has evolved over the years and my recipe uses finely sliced beef, but the original would have used cubes instead. Count Pavel Stroganoff’ was unlikely to have invented it, merely used it when entertaining, and the name stuck.  Very fashionable in the 80’s, I like it as an alternate to stir fry, when a slightly warmer and creamier sauce is looked for.

Beef Stroganoff
Getting the ingredients together sometimes takes longer than the cooking


Beef Stroganoff- my way


400g beef steak

25g butter

1 tablespoon of olive oil

300g mixed type mushrooms

1 onion, finely chopped

25g plain flour

250ml beef stock

50ml red wine

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon of tomato purée

3 tablespoon of crème fraîche

Fresh herbs, finely chopped


Slice the steak as thinly as you can, then season. In a large, frying pan, melt half the butter with half the oil.  Increase the heat, then quickly sear the meat in batches until browned, a lovely caramel colour on both sides.  Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.  Repeat with the mushrooms, then set aside with the beef. Add the remaining butter and oil to the pan and soften the finely chopped onion for a few mins.  Stir in the flour for about 1 minute, then gradually stir in the stock and wine.

Simmer for about 7 minutes until thickened, then stir in the mustard, purée, crème fraîche and seasoning.  Bubble again for 5 minute more, then return the beef and mushrooms to the pan.  This sauce has a gorgeously rich deep velvety flavour, that begs to be mopped up with some bread at the end, so don’t be shy in serving some. Traditionally I serve this with some creamy mash, rice or some pasta, but you decide whatever you fancy.  

Beef Stroganoff

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