This is a wonderful dish and I think one of my favourites. I remember the first time I had it. I had gone out for a meal with a boyfriend. This is what I ordered and I felt so grown up and sophisticated.
It is so easy to make so don’t be put off by the posh name. It cooks slowly on the hob and when finished melts in the mouth. I serve it with either rice or mashed potato. Braised red cabbage goes really well. I sometimes serve with some Lingonberry Jam, which just adds another level of favour.
I looked up a bit of history and discovered that this recipe was invented in the 18th Century. As the name suggests it comes from Russia. It takes its name from the Stroganoff family, who were wealthy merchants. They had a French cook and he made it and named it for the family. Maybe he was trying to get a wage rise.
Serve 6-8 depending on portion size.
- 1200g Diced Beef, Stewing or Braising
- 2 Onions
- 2 Garlic Clove
- 300ml Red Wine
- 2 tbsp Tomato Purée
- Salt and Pepper
- 450g Mushrooms
- 300ml Cream
Note: You will need a large frying pan or casserole pot with a lid.
- Start by heating some oil and fry the beef in batches, until brown. I am sometimes impatient and put half the meat in and then add the rest once the first half have started to brown.
- Slice the onions and crush the garlic and add to the beef and cook until the onions have softened.
- Season with salt and pepper and stir in the tomato purée and grate in some nutmeg.
- Pour in the red wine and bring up to a fast simmer.
- Once at a fast simmer, turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and put the lid on the pan and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
- While the meat is cooking slice the mushrooms so that they are ready for adding and the end of the first cooking time.
- Once the meat has finished cooking for 1 1/2 hours, add the sliced mushrooms and stir through.
- Replace the lid and cook for a further 30 minutes.
- When the mushrooms have finished cooking stir in the cream.
- Taste and check the seasoning.It is now ready to serve and impress your family, or friends. I hope you enjoy my guide on how to make beef stroganoff from scratch x