Quick Stroganoff

A good beef Stroganoff will be very tender.  Tender meat takes time.  I used ground meat in this dish to save myself hours of braising.  You can use whatever ground meat you like: beef, turkey, bison, etc.  I used some lean ground elk that was given to us by my uncle, Mark.  The richness of the sauce makes up for any lack of fat in the meat.

  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 3 T. butter, divided
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1  1/2 C. crimini or button mushrooms (I diced mine to disguise them from my husband – you can slice yours)
  • 1 lb. ground beef or other ground meat
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 t. paprika, not smoked
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 t. tomato paste
  • 1/4 C. cognac, substitute brandy or sherry
  • 2 T. flour
  • 2 C. beef broth
  • 1/4 C. sour cream
  • 12 oz. wide egg noodles
  • 2 T. fresh parsley, chopped

Heat the oil and 2 T. of the butter in a large skillet (not nonstick) to medium heat.  Add the onion, shallots, and mushrooms and cook for about three minutes.  Add the meat, salt and pepper, thyme, paprika, and garlic and cook until the meat is golden brown.  Add the tomato paste and increase the heat to medium high.  Stir and cook for about three minutes to allow the flavors to caramelize in the pan.  Pour in the cognac and let it bubble up for about two minutes while you scrape all the brown bits off of the bottom of the pan.  Sprinkle the flour over the meat and stir to coat for another minute.  Pour in the broth and bring to a simmer.  Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens and reduces, about 15-20 minutes.  Meanwhile cook the egg noodles according to the package directions.  Drain the noodles and toss them with the last of the butter and the parsley.  Add the sour cream to the sauce and stir to combine.  Serve the meat and sauce over the buttered noodles.  Add a little dollop of sour cream and more parsley on top for garnish.



About swellkid recipes

I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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2 Responses to Quick Stroganoff

  1. I love cooking with sherry and criminis are one of my favorites too. This looks great.

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