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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Simple and Delicious Homemade Beef Stroganoff

As a kid my favorite dinner was beef stroganoff. My mom didn’t make it often and she only liked to make it when she could get the meat from a particular butcher in town, so when we did have stroganoff it was such a treat. I suppose I’ve been a sucker for sour cream and mushrooms since the early days!

simple and delicious homemade beef stroganoff from @janemaynard

I also rarely make beef stroganoff and, until now, always just used those dried sauce packets from the grocery store. I must admit that I liked how it tasted and it didn’t require any thought. But what I like more is cooking food from scratch whenever I can, so I decided it was time to try completely homemade beef stroganoff. And, in all honesty, it wasn’t any harder than using one of those sauce packets!

This recipe is simple but delicious. I researched tons of different recipes as I thought about how I wanted to put the dish together and this is what I came up with. The sauce was creamy and tasty, the meat was tender and I totally had seconds (just like the old days). I also love meals that use meat sparingly. This recipe makes a ton of food with just 1 pound of steak – I love that!

simple and delicious homemade beef stroganoff from @janemaynard

In the interest of full disclosure, Anna did not like it, but I think she just doesn’t like stroganoff to begin with. (She also doesn’t like chicken pot pie, so can we trust her? I think not.) Owen only ate two bites, but that was more a function of Anna giving him a giant granola bar 5 minutes before dinner without telling me. Soooo helpful. Cate said it was really good and worthy of sharing on the blog and Nate agreed. At least I have some supporters in the family!

Beef Stroganoff
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Make simple and delicious beef stroganoff from scratch!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6-8
  • ~1 pound sirloin steak
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard (you could sub out for dijon mustard, probably 2 or 3 teaspoons)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch whisked with a bit of cold water
  • salt (preferably kosher)
  • ground pepper
  • paprika
  1. Slice steak into think strips about 2-3 inches long. Be sure to cut against the grain!
  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the sliced steak and cook 1 minute, sprinkling evenly with salt and pepper while the first side cooks. Flip the pieces and cook for 1 minute more then remove the steak from the pan to a plate and set aside. It’s okay if some of the meat is still reddish-pink.
  3. Reduce heat to medium then add the onions and mushrooms to the pan and cook in the butter and juices for 5-10 minutes, until mushrooms are cooked through. Sprinkle the mixture evenly with some salt and pepper while it cooks.
  4. Add the beef broth to the pan along with the dry mustard, nutmeg and cornstarch slurry. Bring to a simmer, stirring well. Once sauce has thickened up, add the steak back to the pan. Stir in the sour cream and heat all the way through (do not bring to a boil). Add more salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
  5. Serve over cooked egg noodles and sprinkle with paprika. I have never done it, but I think some people also like stroganoff served over rice. This recipe makes a lot of sauce so you will have plenty and won’t have to skimp on the sauce when serving it up!


  1. 1

    I have to try this one on my fam, my husband grew up on stroganoff and I have only had maybe once? Looks delicious!

  2. Best comfort food, ever!

  3. My husband would love this… Definitely gonna have to give it a go!

  4. Yes, we usually have it over rice and since I cannot get egg noodles like I prefer here and it works really well. I also usually add about 2 tbsp of red wine to mine which adds not only a good flavor boost but color to the sauce as well.

  5. 5
    Brenda J

    Thanks for the honesty on who actually ate the stroganoff. I think it makes it all a bit more relatable! It sounds delicious and I look forward to trying it out on my family.

  6. I just discovered your blog today and am really enjoying it!
    This recipe sounds great! I’ve made my version at home, which my family actually eats, but it’s a lot simpler: after stir frying my steak strips, I add a can of cream of mushroom soup with some beef broth to my pan and heat it through. I serve it over egg noodles.
    Because my family doesn’t like the sour cream (I know, they’re crazy!), I just add a dollop of it directly to my plate and stir it in.

    • that is so funny your family doesn’t like sour cream – I think my kids would eat the stuff straight up if I’d let them! πŸ˜‰

      also, thanks for your nice comment and the tips!

  7. 7

    Going to add this to the menu for next week. Sounds simple and delicious!!

  8. 8
    Megan Flowers

    This is a childhood favorite of mine! I haven’t had it in years since I try my best to stay away from processed foods. I appreciate seeing a made from scratch version! My mom I scorning to stay with us this weekend, I’ll have to give this a try!

  9. Dang woman, this looks so good.

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    Rachel U

    Beef Stroganoff is one of my favs!! My mom always used to make this for us growing up! I’ll have to try this recipe!

  11. Such a perfect meal for these cold winter nights! Although I’m looking forward to being done with these cold winter nights for a while… Can’t wait for it to be spring already πŸ™‚

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