Easy Beef Stroganoff is a hearty main dish that’s easy to make with simple ingredients. It contains browned ground beef, tender egg noodles and onions in a delicious creamy sauce.
Perfect for lunch or a weeknight meal. Pairs well with broccoli, green beans and salads.
Fascinating Beef Stroganoff Facts
According to Wikipedia.org, Beef Stroganoff or Beef Stroganov (Russian: бефстроганов befstróganov) is a Russian dish that contains sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce with smetana (sour cream).
It originated in mid-19th-century Russia and has become popular around the world. Throughout the years, variations of the original recipe have been enjoyed by many.
The dish is named after one of the members of the influential Stroganov family, Its invention has been commonly attributed to French chefs who worked for the family.
The egg noodles should be cooked until al dente (firm, not mushy). Overcooked, mushy noodles are not good in this dish or any dish.
I watch the noodles closely to make sure they’re firm. The key for me is to not do anything else while they simmer. No distractions! Yes, this homegirl is serious about her noodles. 🙂
I must suggest my Smoky Collard Greens as a side dish. Definitely an unusual combo. I like to be creative with food. Yes, a big green salad is good with Easy Beef Stroganoff, but Smoky Collard Greens are on a different level. The flavor combo is da bomb! Worth at least one try.
Please sure your favorite side dishes in the comments section.
According to lexico.com, stroganoff is named named after Count Pavel Stroganov (1772–1817), Russian diplomat.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.