There’s nothing more welcome at the dinner table during the winter months than a substantial meal that warms you from the inside out. If you’re looking for a traditional, classic recipe to add to a rotation of family favorites, consider beef stroganoff.
A beef stroganoff dish is hearty, comforting, and perfect when you want to make sure everyone gets a filling dinner. It’s surprisingly simple to make, but don’t be fooled: beef stroganoff isn’t your grandma’s recipe!
Originally a 19th century Russian dish, beef stroganoff has evolved to be a traditional meal enjoyed around the world. In Russia, beef stroganoff was mainly made with sautéed beef served in a sauce, and accompanied by sour cream (Smetana); a pasta base was added later. Now, pasta is expected to accompany the dish along with the delicious sauce that covers everything. People from various cultures have added their own flair and twists to the original, too. Sometimes the pasta is replaced with other starches, like rice or potatoes.
After Beef stroganoff’s inception in Russia, it migrated to other parts of the world, including the States, becoming highly popular during the 1950s after World War II. The recipe was even featured in John MacPherson’s Mystery Chef’s Own Cook Book in 1934. Eventually, the beef stroganoff dish became a staple served at fancy dinner parties. The recipe has since evolved as culinary fans have been constantly changing, updating, and experimenting with the recipe since it arrived on the scene. We made sure to update the ingredients while staying true to the dish’s classic roots.
When putting together this meal for your family and friends, everyone around the table will appreciate the delicious taste of pan-seared beef accompanied by the earthy taste of baby portabella mushrooms. These ingredients are served over hot whole wheat or regular egg noodles, and the entire dish is topped with a rich, flavorful sauce that you will also be preparing from scratch.
The sauce might seem complicated to prepare but it couldn’t be easier to make along with the rest of the meal. After cooking the beef, the mushrooms along with butter and broth are simmered in the same pan. When the cooking time has elapsed, simply add in Cabot Greek yogurt, stir, and serve right over the cooked noodles and beef.
Serve up to 4 with this tasty, hearty classic. Want to change up the beef stroganoff recipe ever so slightly? Opt for the rice or potatoes base, as mentioned above, instead of the egg noodles. Even adding a dash of paprika can provide additional flavor to the salted and peppered sirloin. Either way, this dish is sure to go quickly, so make sure to prepare enough for friends, family, and of course yourself! (You may even want extras for leftovers).
We’d love to know how you liked our version of beef stroganoff that stays true to the classic, but incorporates some modern ingredients. Leave us your review on our site and share what you liked about the recipe, or how you put your own spin on this traditional dish.
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