Speedy beef stroganoff

Speedy beef stroganoff

This rich, creamy dish is a great way to make steak go a bit further.It’s tasty, quick and if you use low fat creme fraiche in place of sour cream it’s pretty healthy too.

The meat is not cooked for long so is best with fillet (although sirloin and rump are both fine too). See what’s on offer this week!

This all cooks really quickly so you need to get everything cut up first. Slice the steak into thin strips then slice an onion, clove of garlic and a handful of mushrooms. While you’re doing that, get a wide frying pan good and hot.

Now quickly seal the steak – fry until you get a good brown colour – for a minute or two, no more. Remove the meat to a plate and add the veg to the pan and fry for a couple of minutes. Once it’s starting to cook, dust over a teaspoon of flour and about four teaspoons of paprika. Stir this around so it coats the veg and let it cook for a minute or two. If you happen to have brandy in the house, pour in a generous capful and let it flame – it’s a bit showy but it does add a depth to the flavour. The alternative is to add a little wine vinegar.

Now add about a mugful of beef bouillon to put out the fire and stir well so that the paprika and flour mix in and start to thicken. I let this reduce down for about 10 minutes or so before returning the beef to the pan and adding two tablespoons of creme fraiche (healthier and less likely to split than cream). This literally just needs to warm through – any longer and you run the risk of the steak going tough – it should still be pink in the middle and sauce should be thick, rich and marbled from the cream/paprika.

Speedy beef stroganoff

That’s it – all done in about 20 minutes. You do see it served with noodles or fried potatoes but I prefer rice.

Speedy beef stroganoff

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3 Comments on “Speedy beef stroganoff”

  1. Rodger Appleby
    November 15, 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    Enjoyed the stroganoff, cooked by the master! A great meal and one we’ll certainly try at home. Cheers!


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