Saturday, February 11, 2012
Valentine's Day and Beef Stroganoff
Joe and I usually have a low-key Valentine's day at home. For all of the four years we have celebrated it, he buys me flowers and I made P.F Chang's spicy chicken for him. But that's the thing; I don't like spicy chicken so I either have to choke it down in between chugging glasses of water or make something else for myself. Not romantic.
This year, new city new game plan, we're going to go out to dinner the night before (because going out to eat on Valentine's day sounds like a nightmare) to a new restaurant we haven't decided on yet, then for dinner on Valentine's day I am making our favorite meal, Beef Stroganoff.
Beef Stroganoff is the meal where we fast all day and wait with watering mouths until we sit down with our bowls, finally in our hands, and devour first and second helpings without speaking. Even though I pick around the beef, I can't imagine it tasting the same without it.
2lbs beef tenderloin or sirloin steak (2 lbs if you like a lot of beef, I use only 1lb.)
¼ cup butter
8oz fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced OR 1-2 cans (6oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
2 cans (10 ½ oz each) condensed beef broth
¼ cup ketchup
1 ½ teaspoon garlic salt
⅓ cup flour
2 cups sour cream
egg noodles (16oz bag) prepared (I use a whole bag of noodles plus 1-2 cups from another bag.)
Cut meat across the grain unto ¾” slices, then into strips 3x¼”. Melt ¼ cup butter in large skillet or pot. Cook and stir mushrooms in butter about 5 minutes for canned, about 10 min (until wilted) for fresh. Remove mushrooms with slotted spoon and set aside, leave excess butter in pan.
In same skillet, brown meat. Reserving ⅔ cup of broth, stir in remaining broth, ketchup, and garlic salt. Cover and simmer 15 min. Start water to boil for noodles, cook when ready.
Blend reserved broth and flour; stir into meat. Add mushrooms. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Stir in sour cream; heat through.
Toss noodles with 3tbsp butter. Serve with stroganoff.
*NOTE: We reeally like mushrooms and I always tell myself I'm going to add more. Maybe I actually will this time...