RECIPE VIDEO ABOVE. Juicy strips of beef smothered in a sour cream mushroom gravy - a quick dinner everyone will love! KEY STEPS: Sear beef super quickly for maximum juiciness and use a large skillet (for quick sear + fast sauce reduction). Stroganoff calls for good beef but if you only have a budget cut, use this easy Chinese method to tenderise the beef (it's called "velveting"). It's life changing - and perfect for Stroganoff.
2 cups / 500 ml beef broth, preferably salt reduced
150 ml / 2/3 cup sour cream
Salt and pepper
250 - 300 g / 8 - 10 oz pasta or egg noodles of choice(Note 3)
Chopped chives, for garnish (optional)
Use your fist (or rolling pin or mallet) to flatten the steaks to about 3/4cm / 1/3" thick. Slice into 5mm / 1/5" strips (cut long ones in half), discarding excess fat.
Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over high heat. Scatter half the beef in the skillet, QUICKLY spread it with tongs. Leave untouched for 30 seconds until browned. Turn beef quickly (as best you can!). Leave untouched for 30 seconds to brown. Immediately remove onto a plate. Don't worry about pink bits and that it will be raw inside.
Add remaining 1 tbsp oil and repeat with remaining beef.
Turn heat down to medium high. Add butter, melt. Then add onions, cook for 1 minute, then add mushrooms.
Cook mushrooms until golden. Scrape bottom of fry pan to get all the golden bits off (this is flavour!).
Add flour, cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add half the broth while stirring. Once incorporated, add remaining broth.
Stir, then add sour cream and mustard. Stir until incorporated (don't worry if it looks split, sour cream will "melt" as it heats).
Bring to simmer ,then reduce heat to medium low. Once it thickens to the consistency of pouring cream (3 - 5 minutes), adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Add beef back in (including plate juices). Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from stove immediately. (Note 4)
Serve over pasta or egg noodles, sprinkled with chives if desired.
1. Best cut of beef for stroganoff - use decent to good quality quick cooking cut of beef such as:
boneless rib eye (aka scotch fillet)
boneless sirloin, sirloin steak tips
I don't recommend: beef round steak (aka topside), skirt, flat iron, hanger. Pork can also be used - pork stroganoff is found in Russia too.Tenderise ECONOMICAL BEEF - if you do not have a good quality steak, highly recommend tenderising it using this easy Chinese method called "velveting". It's life changing! Reader the user feedback in that recipe for validation :)2. Flour - any is fine here, I use plain white flour (all purpose). Or use 1 tbsp cornstarch / cornflour (for Gluten free stroganoff sauce)3. Serving - I like serving this with short pastas, rather than long pastas. Easier to eat. It's also great with mashed potato, rice, polenta - anything that's suitable to slop up all that gravy!4. Sauce thickness: You can make sauce thinner with touch of water if you want, but DO NOT keep simmering to thicken once the beef is added, it will overcook the beef.5. Storage - 3 to 4 days in the fridge, also freezes fine. Thaw fully then reheat carefully, being sure not to overcook the beef!6. Nutrition per serving, assuming 5 servings (serves 4 hearty servings or 5 sensible servings), excludes pasta.