Beef stroganoff

This beef recipe is for beef stroganoff.  If looking for a recipe for beef, this classic beef stroganoff is just for you.

Ingredients – 2 portions

  • Beef fillet: 300g
  • Shallots: 2
  • Button mushrooms: 100g
  • Garlic: 1 clove
  • Dijon mustard: 1 tsp
  • Brandy: 30ml
  • Double cream: 200ml
  • Lemon: 1/2
  • Vegetable oil: for frying
  • Sea salt / pepper: to taste
  • Parsley: 1 tbs
  • Plain boiled rice: accompany
  • Wild rice: optional

Getting everything ready

  • Trim away any excess sinew from the beef — being fillet, there should be very little.  Then, cut the beef into thin strips about 5cm in length.  Place in a clean bowl, cover with cling film and store in the fridge until later.  Don’t forget to wash your hands and exchange boards after handling raw meat.
  • Peel and finely slice the shallots.
  • Wipe the mushrooms with a clean, damp cloth and slice finely.
  • Peel and crush the garlic clove.
  • Wash, dry and roughly chop the parsley.

Method

  1. Heat a heavy-based sauté/frying pan over a medium heat on the hob.  Add a little oil to the pan.
  2. Add the crushed garlic and allow to sweat for a few moments.  This will flavour the oil.  Add the shallots and stir-fry for a minute or two.  Turn up the heat and add the strips of beef and sliced mushrooms and fry quickly until the beef is cooked.  It will only take a few minutes.
  3. Very carefully pour in the brandy.  When all the brandy has cooked off, stir in the mustard and then the cream and most of the parsley, saving a little for garnish.
  4. Bring the beef stroganoff just to the boil, remove from the heat and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon, removing any unwanted pips.  Season your beef stroganoff to taste.
  5. Spoon the beef stroganoff onto warm plates, garnish with a sprinkle of chopped parsley and serve your beef stroganoff immediately with an accompaniment of plain boiled rice.

Beef stroganoff – hints and tips

For a pleasant change, you could exchange beef fillet for pork fillet.

This makes an excellent vegetarian dish by exchanging the beef with about 400g of assorted mushrooms.

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