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**PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE COOKING!!**
I read many of the reviews before working on this recipe and it has certainly helped.
I modified the recipe using a couple of suggestions from different people who have also reviewed this recipe.
Below are the simple modifications and some tips to make the best beef stroganoff you've ever had.
Use only 1/3 cup of sour cream. (1 cup is simply too much!)
Use 3 cloves of garlic instead of just one. (Adds more flavor. One is not enough.)
Add 1 and 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce before adding the soup (Adds more flavor.)
Use 1 teaspoon of black pepper instead of just 1/4 teaspoon. (Adds more flavor.)
Use fresh mushrooms (chopped thinly) instead of canned mushrooms. I used about half of an 8 oz package (the kind in the blue styrofoam.) Saute the mushrooms with the onion and garlic until browned. The fresh mushrooms add a buttery taste to the stroganoff.
I used 85% lean 15% fat ground beef.
I used a red onion. I don't think the type of onion matters but the important thing is mincing the onion and garlic really well!
For the cream of mushroom soup, I used "Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup with Garlic."
I added about 1/3 cup of milk and 1/3 cup of water after step 3 to help unthicken the soup.
The finished product should be amazing and flavorful! If you can see onions without looking closely for them, that means you probably did not mince them well enough.
Follow these tips and you won't have to worry about this recipe tasting bland like homemade hamburger helper.
Jimmy.

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Jimmy801 October 26, 2012

Very good! I did make some changes though after reading other reviews in order to add a bit more flavor. I used 3 cloves garlic, only 1/3 c sour cream and added 1 tablespoon worchestershire, and some frozen peas for the extra nutrition. Also needed to add a bit of water after adding the soup to thin it out. Will make this again.

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shlee111 March 31, 2009

I've made this so many times that I can't believe I never took the time to review it. This is a great, easy recipe and very tasty. I usually skip the canned mushrooms because I never have them on hand (although I do sometimes saute fresh mushrooms in butter and spoon them over the top of each dish), plus I add about a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and about a 1/4 cup of beef broth for flavor and a thinner consistency. This is a HUGE hit in my house. DH requests it on a weekly basis.

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AltoRose January 29, 2011

This tasted like homemade hamburger helper. Even with the addition of worcestershire sauce it was very bland and just totally plain. I can see fixing this for the kids on a weeknight when I am not so hungry but not anytime soon. I would post a slew of suggestions for tweeking the recipe but then that would just be a completely different recipe now wouldn't it? It was easy and filling but I just don't understand the rave reviews over this one at all.

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grrmrgal January 27, 2011

Very Good! I did make a couple of changes. I used 2- 8 oz fresh sliced mushrooms { I sauted with the onions and garlic} I used two cans of mushroom soup, and two T Worcestershire sauce.
Thanks for posting.

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Crazy Jase November 22, 2011

This was some pretty good $#%&!! I used 3 cans of mushrooms because we love them and I used 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup so it would be more creamy. I think that next time I will cut the sour cream back to 3/4 cup. This was fast and easy...great weeknight meal. Thanks so much for posting!

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mydesigirl June 21, 2010

Followed recipe to the "T", turned out tasting only of sour cream, tasted it before adding it and it tasted great..should have left it out and ate it thick. Bit of a let down, especially with all the rave reviews.

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TMaze August 03, 2011

Easy to make and fast for a dinner but seemed to be extremely thick and cakey. Probably would try again. However I would add sour cream and flour as I go to my desired consistency.

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JayD2677 January 03, 2011

Not a bad quick meal, but not what I would normally call beef stroganoff

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KrissaStroop November 07, 2010

Very good! But definitely use a name brand soup for this. The second time I made it, I used a store brand, and the stroganoff was very, very bland. It's probably the first time I'd ever noticed a taste difference using a store brand soup vs. name brand. Instead of canned mushrooms, I sauted fresh along with the onions and beef. This will definitely be in the regular meal rotation. Thank you!

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Katlinn August 24, 2010
Best Beef Stroganoff