A homage to Beef Stroganoff

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    Jan 30, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    The funny thing is I never cared for this dish as a kid, but I grew to love it as an adult. Having the real thing in Russia was probably what made me change my mind about it. It's one of my favorite comfort foods and among the easiest and tastiest Russian dishes to make.

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    So the typical Russian way of making this is with beef strips, onions, red wine, and smetana (something between sour cream and crème fraiche). Most often it's served over mashed potatoes or french fries, while here in the West it's usually eaten with rice or pasta (often egg noodles).

    My mom always served it over rotini or farfalle pasta, though I have to admit it does taste better with fries or mashed potatoes icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 30, 2012 5:09 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidThe funny thing is I never cared for this dish as I kid, but I grew to love it as an adult. Having the real thing in Russia was probably what made me change my mind about it. It's one of my favorite comfort foods and among the easiest and tastiest Russian dishes to make.

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    So the typical Russian way of making this is with beef strips, onions, red wine, and smetana (something between sour cream and crème fraiche). Most often it's served over mashed potatoes or french fries, while here in the West it's usually eaten with rice or pasta (often egg noodles).

    My mom always served it over rotini or farfalle pasta, though I have to admit it does taste better with fries or mashed potatoes icon_wink.gif


    Mmmmm! It looks and sounds so comfortable. Yum!
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    Jan 30, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    I'm definitely craving it, so I'll have to make it some time this week. It was mentioned in a Korean drama I was watching earlier tonight, and I've been thinking about it ever since.
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    I'm making Beef Stroganoff tonight, and it's going to be fabulous icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    OMG I LOVE IT. And don't forget the pickle!
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    Mmmm....don't leave out the Paprika!!!
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    My grandma's recipe makes Paula Deen look like Tyler Florence. No thank you.
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    I'm still trying to decide whether I want to serve it over fries or mashed potatoes. I can afford the calories today icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    love this, great comfort food
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidI'm making Beef Stroganoff tonight, and it's going to be fabulous icon_wink.gif

    OK, that did it, I may cave tonight, too. I've loved Beef Stroganoff since I was 20, in Army Basic Training.

    No, not a mess hall item. My parents would drive down to visit me on weekends when I had a few hours free, and take me off-post on a Pass to a fine restaurant where they served dishes like Stragonoff, and its cousin, Boeuf Bourguignon (aka Beef Burgundy in English). They would say I needed some decent food for a change, that wasn't eaten in a sectioned metal tray that I filled myself on a serving line.

    Nice of them, though I hated sitting there in my ill-fitting & crumpled Army khakis or greens, feeling like a perfect fool when my Father and all the other gentlemen around me were properly dressed, my head nearly bald in a mortifying trainee cut and looking like a light bulb. (Think of Forrest Gump)

    But the best Stroganoff I know locally is actually at a French restaurant we like. Their duck and lamb stew are fantastic, really everything there is great, but tonight I want the Stroganoff, if my husband is in the mood to go there (we eat out almost every night). Good suggestion, thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    Always been a family fav! had some last week. Don't know where it icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    Woo hoo! I just came back from the Russian store across the street to get smetana. Sour cream is fine and everything, but smetana adds a little more depth of flavor.
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    I would like to hear an Ode to Green Bean Casserole now. Get to it.
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    zenmonkie saidI would like to hear an Ode to Green Bean Casserole now. Get to it.


    I love green beans but not the casserole. I will not create such a thread. However, feel free to create it!
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    Feb 01, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    I'm the voice of dissent.

    My favorite Russian comfort food is stuffed cabbage.
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    Oh, and blintzes.
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    Feb 01, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    The Russian store didn't have any small containers of smetana, so I had no choice but to get the big jar. I only use a little bit for Stroganoff. I'll definitely have to make some bliny, blintzes, and pelmeni to use up the rest of the cream.
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    Feb 01, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
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    Feb 01, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    sorry, but i make THE BEST strokinoff....lol...

    takes hours, but worth the wait..... secret ingredient.... cant tell ya, have to kill ya...
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    Feb 01, 2012 11:18 PM GMT
    Yeah I love beef stroganoff too. Usually eat it with rice or boiled potatoes..

    But i'd like to add that back home in Sweden it's more common to make it with sausage instead of beef, and not just any sausage, but FALUKORV.

    So just exchange the beef for your favourite sausage and ta-dAAA:

    You got yourself a "Korv Stroganoff"
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    Feb 02, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidBut the best Stroganoff I know locally is actually at a French restaurant we like. Their duck and lamb stew are fantastic, really everything there is great, but tonight I want the Stroganoff, if my husband is in the mood to go there (we eat out almost every night). Good suggestion, thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

    Quelle domage! icon_mad.gif

    So we go there last night, at 7, and I'm told the Stroganoff is gone! But we couldn't very well walk out once we sat down, so I tried something new for me on their menu: a Blanquette de Veau (veal ragout).

    Not surprisingly it was wonderful, and I love experiencing new things. But still, I specifically went there for something else. My husband was pleased, though, with a Portobello Chicken Crêpe. I persuaded him to split a bottle of Vouvray, they have a very nice French label I like. We shared a raspberry mousse for dessert, that we thought was rather bland.

    Nevertheless I'm glad I saw this thread, even if I didn't get what I had wanted last night. Next time I'll phone ahead and make sure they save me a serving! LOL!