Russian Beef Stroganoff is everything a good comfort food should be. Tender, juicy strips of beef in a creamy, savory sauce served on a bed of noodles. Perfect for any day of the week!
If you are a chicken lover, try Chicken Stroganoff in crock pot!
WHAT IS BEEF STROGANOFF?
This recipe is a classic Russian take on a global favorite. It’s creamy, tart and the meat will melt in your mouth. People believe that the name of this hearty, belly-warming stew comes from the Stroganov family. They were powerful business people in pre-Communist Russia. They funded numerous Russian political and military campaigns. Whatever its linguistic origin, it is eaten not only by Russians and their descendants around the globe, but by endless seas of hungry people who need a meal that can ward off a brutal Russian winter.
It was actually the Chinese who had a role in popularizing beef stroganoff in the United States. Following the fall of Tsarist Russia, when the governments of Russia and China entered into a cultural alliance, the dish was eaten in Chinese restaurants. United States servicemen stationed in China during this period almost certainly brought home a recipe or two for this dish.
BEEF STROGANOFF RECIPE
Today you can try local variations on the Eastern European staple throughout the United States of America. The modern-day American beef stroganoff recipe includes beef, sour cream/cheese cream, mushrooms and onions. But native Russians often experiment with this formula.
RUSSIAN BEEF STROGANOFF
For example, some recipes call for tomato paste or mustard to spice up the stroganoff sauce. It would certainly surprise many American and Chinese stroganoff fans. Although beef stroganoff is most often served outside of Russia on a bed of white rice or pasta, this is far from traditional Russian fare. The reason for this is simple: pasta isn’t native to Russia. It is extremely difficult to grow rice in such a cold, dry climate. Russians generally serve their stroganoff with crisp potato straws, as hardy, durable potatoes thrived in Russian soil and provided a much-needed carbohydrate staple to the Russian peasant diet.
Since this beef stroganoff recipe gives you such a heavy, filling meal, it’s best to save it for wintertime. Another option is to eat when you need slow-burning energy for throughout the day. Beef stroganoff, despite being delicious, is hardly suitable to summer time.
What cut of meat is best for beef Stroganoff?
Ideally you will need a juicy and tender cut to achieve the best results.
I recommend to use boneless rib eye, beef tenderloin or sirloin steak. They all will work well for fast cooking and won’t be dry.
What to serve with beef stroganoff?
Other Beef recipes you may like:
- Meatloaf with Ritz crackers
- Swedish meatballs
- Mongolian Beef
- Philly Cheesesteak
- Classic Meatloat recipe
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