Friday, September 01, 2006

Friday Recipe Blogging - Main Course

Damn - it's Friday again! My weeks get eaten up by article reading and so much "tweaking" of this article that I can't stand to look at it anymore. But I'd rather have an article to tweak than not have it, so...

We have friends coming in from Holland for a few days and we're making a special calorie-fest dinner for them - things they don't usually get in the low countries (so we won't be serving raw herring, Indonesian food, or yogurt...). Because last week's two-for-one special recipe (a.k.a. The Diversity of Cream Cheese) was dessert and an appetizer, I'm giving you the main course that I'll be making on Sunday:

*Beef Stroganoff (from my Uncle David)*

- 1 lb. variety of thinly sliced mushrooms (porcini, cremini, definitely shitake, etc.)
- 1 onion thinly sliced (not chopped)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup cooking sherry
- 1 can of beef broth
- 1 small chopped kosher dill pickle (enough for a couple of tbsps. - to taste. These are important and shouldn't be left out)
- 8 oz. sour cream
- flour
- cayenne pepper
- dry basil
- 1 lb. (or so) beef sirloin tips - the good stuff, nicely marbled, with the excess fat trimmed off. Cut into bite-sized chunks.

* Saute the beef in a skillet with a little olive oil and a pat of butter - cook until seared, but still tender inside.
* At the same time, in a large saute pan with a lid, saute the garlic, onion and mushrooms in olive oil and a little butter; just before they're soft, add a little bit of flour (1 tbsp) and mix in to soak up some of the juice.
* add the can of beef broth once the flour is incorporated
* add 1/4 cup pale, dry cooking sherry
* add the beef to the rest of it and bring it all to a simmer and reduce the broth (on low) until it barely covers the contents
* add dry basil and cayenne pepper to taste (maybe start with 1.5 tsp. each)
* add a little bit of the chopped kosher dill (1 tbsp or so)
* mix in 8 oz. of sour cream (or a bit more if you like) and heat through

Serve over those big "No Yoke" dumpling egg noodles - the biggest they have.



At 9:26 PM, Blogger Hilaire said...

Mmm...stroganoff...though I make the veggie version...:) Your posting this reminds me to try that recipe again - such a good fall dish.

Yay, visitors! Have fun.

At 10:08 PM, Blogger molly said...

For some reason, everyone's posting recipes this week. I feel like I've gained 5 lbs. just from reading them. LOL. Enjoy your company, the good food and all.


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