Homemade Beef Stroganoff

Yummy Beef Stroganoff
Yummy Beef Stroganoff. Image via alexis22578 via flickr.

Coming home, after a 45 minute drive in stop and go traffic is not the high point of my day. It’s such a drag for me that I often feel overwhelmed by doing the next task: cooking dinner. My husband lamely claims he can burn water, as if that’s a viable excuse to get him out of what he deems an arduous task. It usually works, though, because I see our trade offs in car maintenance versus food preparation. I prepare the food, because it’s important to me and I enjoy it. He maintains our cars because he knows how, doesn’t like other people fixing things he can fix, wants to save a buck, and I do believe he enjoys it no matter his complaints about what stupid thing an engineer did.

Generally, I love cooking. But, after an 8 hour day, navigating the 4 year olds mood swings, and then driving in traffic: I detest the thing I love: cooking.

Last night, I decided we were going to have Beef Stroganoff for dinner. Our OGC order came in. Luscious, beautiful produce. Let us learn from last year’s mistakes: order simply and use it all up. My pound of lovely crimini mushrooms… what shall I do? Last night they were turned into a sort of lamb-bok choy-carrot stir fry/stew. I had about half a pound left. What do do? Ooh, some of that lovely Taylor-Made ground beef stroganoff! Yum! Delish!

The task, although sounding so delectable is waived off into procrastination when I see what must be done when I get home. My husband doesn’t see food “mess” the way I do. He had toast, made juice and left his pants on the table. I took a deep breath and asked first for him to put away the food he used this afternoon and last night. I cannot cook in a kitchen that is not tidy. I then asked him if he could please remove his boxers and pants from the dining room table. I was happy I worded it in a way he heard the silliness. He removed them and put things away. (Note: the pants and boxers were clean and on the table as a dropping off point from the bike-to-bag-to table unloading.)

Okay, but now I have to coooooook? Okay, Stroganoff. Ketchup is the surprise, simple is my pleasure. What to do? This is what I did. Excitement mounted. It was good.

  • Heat pan.
  • Melt 2 tbsp butter in pan over low-medium heat.
  • Add one onion, chopped. Sauté for a few minutes until soft.
  • Add 4 minced cloves of garlic. Sauté until softer. Maybe 5-8 minutes total.
  • Add mushrooms. Soften mushrooms.
  • Add 1 lb (pastured, hormone free, organic, grass fed) ground beef (lean) to pan. Brown hamburger.
  • Salt, added about 1 tsp.
  • Cleared rounded space in middle of pan. Added about 1/4 cup beef broth.
  • Added about 3 tbsp ketchup.
  • Stirred ingredients together, tasted. Adjusted ketchup by rinsing bottle and adding a little more ketchup and water- maybe 1/4 cup total.
  • Added about 1 tbsp corn starch to thicken. Whisked in corn starch to liquid with fork until lumps removed. Stirred together over low-medium heat.
  • Added one very large dollop of (organic, pastured) sour cream. Simmered over low heat until macaroni noodles were done.
  • Served over macaroni noodles with blanched green beans.
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3 Replies to “Homemade Beef Stroganoff”

  1. Sounds delicious! The universe has been telling me to get new recipes, and coincidentally, my husband always begs for beef stroganoff. Can’t wait to try it!

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