Ground-beef stroganoff. Trashy comfort food at its best.
When the kid saw that I had my camera out at dinner, and this was what was on offer, she said, “Who made this?” As in, whose Mom Food is this, because it’s not ours!
And she’s right. My mom’s stroganoff was the labor-intensive kind: strips of beef, dredged in flour, seared, slow-simmered, etc. I know it had a bay leaf in it. I know she put a lot of pepper in it. I don’t really have any more details.
But I had some ground beef to use up, and an urge for stroganoff, and somewhere out there is someone whose comfort food recepters are saying, when they see this, “Ohhh, yeahhhhhh.”
(I don’t normally cook such big batches of food, but the ground beef was a big pack, and hey, my mom would be proud. She doesn’t know how to cook for fewer than a zillion people at a time. Also, don’t hate me because I didn’t properly sear the meat. This is comfort glop, not gourmet fare. :-)
Ground Beef Stroganoff
Makes 16 servings; may be halved or quartered
3 lbs. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 lb. mushrooms, any kind, chopped (this time, I used portabella)
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon beef stock powder, optional
1 tablespoon Marmite, optional
plenty of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sour cream
In a large pot, cook beef, onion, and mushrooms until onions are soft and mushrooms have given up most of their juice, about 15 minutes. If you want, you can drain this now, but in my house, we call the grease from the meat “gravy”. Add remaining ingredients except for sour cream, and about 1/2 cup water. Simmer until most of the water is gone (15-30 minutes), remove from heat, remove bay leaf. Stir in sour cream, taste for seasoning. Correct seasoning, and serve over buttered egg noodles.
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