According to legend, this recipe was invented by a chef working for a Russian General, Count Pavel Stroganov in the 1890's. Beef Stroganoff is basically tender strips of beef and mushrooms, cooked in a creamy sauce and rounded off with sour cream. You may want to make this with a tender cut of beef, such as tenderloin or top sirloin. Traditionally served over egg noodles, it also tastes delicious on rice or spaetzle.
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 453.59 g top sirloin steaks or 453.59 g tenderloin, cut in very thin strips
- 226.79 g cremini mushrooms or 226.79 g button mushroom
- 44.37 ml oil
- 88.74 ml butter
- 14.79 ml flour
- 236.59 ml sour cream or 236.59 ml creme fraiche
- 4.92 ml Dijon mustard
- 4.92 ml lemon juice
- 1.23 ml lemon zest
- 118.29 ml beef broth
- salt and pepper
- chopped parsley
- Cut the beef in very thin strips. The easiest way to do that is to put the meat in the freezer until slightly frozen. Add salt and pepper and 1 TBS oil to the beef strips and mix together.
- Melt 3 TBS butter and 1 TBS oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Increase heat and add strips of beef. You want to cook the beef quickly, browning it on each side. You may need to work in batches.When both sides are brown, remove the beef into a bowl and set aside while keeping warm.
- Add remaining butter and oil to the pan and saute the onions until golden, add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a few minutes, allowing them to soak up the pan drippings.
- Add the flour and continue stirring, add the broth and let it simmer until the sauce has thickened and the floury taste is cooked out. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and mustard, add salt and pepper to taste.
- Put the meat back in the sauce, heat through and add 1/2 a cup of sour cream, do not let the sauce cook anymore otherwise it will curdle.
- Serve on egg noodles, topped with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!