Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff is a classic Russian dish that can often be loaded with fat and calories.  This version trims the fat by using a leaner cut of beef and replacing the sour cream that is typically used in the dish with low fat Greek yogurt.  If you’re not trying to keep it light then by all means use full fat sour cream and some nicely marbled beef.  I’ve also added some peas to the dish which are not native to the classic version.  They added a contrasting brightness to the final plate.  It’s a dish the whole family is sure to love.  Unless of course you have a mushroom hater in the family as is the case with my fungicidal daughter.  If she could wipe every mushroom off the face of the earth believe me she would.  But the aroma of this Stroganoff simmering was all too enticing for even my little mushroom hater to resist.  She picked out the mushrooms and gave the dish a thumbs up before insisting that it would have been far better without the mushrooms.  Sometimes you just have to smile. 

Ingredients list:
·         1 lb lean beef sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
·         8 oz button mushrooms, sliced
·         1 medium onion, sliced
·         1 clove of garlic, minced
·         1 cup of defrosted frozen peas
·         2 cups gluten free beef stock or broth
·         ½ cup red wine
·         1 tbsp olive oil
·         1 tbsp butter
·         ½ cup of low fat Greek, plus more for garnishing if you want
·         2 tbsp cornstarch
·         salt and pepper to taste

Video Tutorial:



Instructions:
1.      Add the beef and cornstarch with some salt and pepper to a gallon sized Ziploc bag and shake until all of the beef is well coated. 
2.      In a large skillet over a medium high heat, add the oil and ½ the beef.  Don’t over crowd the pan or it won’t properly brown.  I added the beef one piece at a time since the cornstarch has a tendency to make it stick together.  After about two minutes turn the beef and cook it for an additional minute then remove it from then pan and repeat this process with the other half of the beef and set it aside.
3.      Lower the heat to medium then add the butter, mushrooms, onion and garlic to the pan with a bit more salt and pepper.  Sauté the vegetables for about 5 minutes or until the onions have softened and the mushrooms begin to brown.  Use a wooden spoon to stir occasionally and help pick up the pan drippings from the previous step. 
4.      Add the wine and simmer for 2 minutes then add the beef stock and the beef and simmer uncovered on low for 30 minutes. 
5.      Add the peas and simmer for 2 minutes then add the yogurt, turn off the heat and stir the yogurt into the sauce until it is well combined.  Serve over lightly buttered gluten free noodles or pasta. Other gluten free serving options include rice and potatoes.

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