Confession: I have never made beef stroganoff without using canned soup.
Every time I’ve made it, I prepared it with canned cream of mushroom soup. I’m not embarrassed, although I am sure there are some who think I should be, but it was a quick and easy meal that my family (particularly the guys in the house) enjoyed. I never really considered that I didn’t need a can of soup.
But, guess what? I don’t.
In the iPhone app “How To Cook Everything“, there is a recipe called Real Beef Stroganoff. I gave that a shot for dinner tonight and it was very good and very easy – plus we liked it much better than the canned soup one. Here’s how I made it:
Real Beef Stroganoff
Adapted from Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything app
3 tablespoons butter
2 large onions, sliced
Salt & pepper
8 ounces mushrooms, cleaned & sliced
1 1/2 pounds round steak, cut into 1″ chunks (original recipe calls for sirloin or tenderloin)
1 tablespoon brown mustard (original recipe calls for Dijon mustard)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup sour cream
1. Melt butter in a large skillet with lid over medium-high heat. Add onions and mushrooms and sprinkle with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft (about 5-8 minutes).
2. Add beef chunks, combine with onions and mushrooms. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally for a few minutes.
3. Stir in mushrooms, tomato sauce, and broth. Bring to a slight boil and reduce heat just slightly so that it’s simmering well, but not boiling. Cook until meat is fully cooked and tender and sauce begins to thicken (about 10 minutes).
4. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. Serve over rice (we used brown rice) or egg noodles.
(Note: At the end of step #3, I wanted my sauce a bit thicker, but didn’t have time to wait for it to cook down. So I thickened it with a slurry. In a small bowl, I mixed together 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water. I drizzled this into the stroganoff mixture while it was simmering and it thickened it up nicely. Maybe not the perfect option, but it worked for us.)