Monday 16 January 2006

beef stro·ga·noff

Beef stroganoff, for me, is a nostalgic dish. I am not sure why. I remember wanting to make it when I was first flatting at university because it was a nostalgic food. But I do not remember having it before then, so goodness knows what was going on there. At Uni I used to make it using the cheapest cut of beef at the supermarket, a Maggi packet mix and a tub of sour cream - I, and the flat, loved it!

I have not made stroganoff without a packet mix before but I thought it worth a go. It was, delicious :

Cut some rump steak into thin strips and toss in seasoned flour. Fry in olive oil in a heavy frying pan until browned, in batches if necessary. Remove to a plate.
Fry a thinly sliced onion and garlic until soft. Add some finely sliced mushrooms and cook until soft. Stir in some tomato paste and yoghurt [sour cream is traditional choice, but I use yoghurt for everything since I always have it on hand] to make a good looking sauce. Return the steak to the pan and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with buttered fettuccine sprinkled with finely chopped parsley.

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