Beef Stroganoff

Not sure how traditional this version is, but it is the best I have tasted since I don’t know when.  The meat does not matter too much so long as it is not fatty. Cheap cuts will do because it will be tenderised.


  • 500g beef (you can buy stir-fry beef already cut)
  • 500g flat brown mushrooms
  • 1 large onion halved and sliced
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2Tbsp. Paprika (I like smoked) Be generous.
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 heaped Tbsp. Plain flour
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • salt and pepper
  • A dash or two of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef or chicken stock
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • a bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • spirali pasta
  1. slice the meat into thin strips (this is best done with a sharp knife when the meat is partly frozen, or partly thawed) unless you are using precut stir fry beef.
  2. Dust the meat with the baking soda, paprika, flour, zest, salt and pepper. Ensure every piece is well coated
  3. put the meat aside, covered, for about half an hour or more.
  4. slice the mushrooms thinly
  5. brown the meat in hot oil then add the onions and mushrooms. Continue to fry until the oil returns and the moisture from the mushrooms is almost gone.
  6. add the stock and sauce and turn down to a simmer until the mixture is almost dry again
  7. While it is simmering, cook the pasta
  8. Turn off the heat, stir in the cream and warm it through
  9. Serve on pasta garnished with fresh parsley.

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