This is probably one of my favorite recipes….and I love the story that it comes with. This Beef Stroganoff is from my mother in law.
My husband and I have been together since we are 14 and 15….we grew up on the same block…and I remember as a teenager whenever I was invited to his house for dinner…I was hoping and praying a little that my mother in law made her Beef Stroganoff….kind of like the hoping and praying we would do for my Long Grandma’s Goulash (look under categories-to the right: What to make for dinner! for that recipe)…..so I would have to say that Beef Stroganoff…and my Long Grandma’s Goulash (and her Pot Roast…which I have not posted about but will)…these are some of my favorite recipes……so here is the story from my mother in law about the Beef Stroganoff….I guess it should be called: Carmella’s Beef Stroganoff.
When my mother in law was living in Queens Village….she said that she would take the kids into the court-yard…and spend time with the other mothers and their children….one day….in the court-yard….they could smell that Carmella, a woman older than they were, was in her apartment…and I guess her window was in the front of the building….and the window was open….and my mother in law could smell that Carmella was cooking…..in her need to find out…she and her friends asked Carmella what she was cooking that smelled so wonderful…well I am happy to say that Carmella was kind enough to share this recipe with my mother in law. And I have to say that I agree with how incredible Beef Stroganoff smells while cooking……because my husband made it for dinner tonight…and when I was walking up the brick walk way to our front door…I could smell it…and it is the most delicious smell ever…your mouth instantly salivates….which by the way from a speech and language perspective is the first stage of digestion…you smell the delicious smells of goodness…and you begin to salivate….to aid in digestion)…..
So I write this post thanking both Carmella and my mother in law…for this amazing recipe and also to my mother in law…for inviting me over so many times back in the day….I was always so thankful for the invitation to 25 Hilltop for Beef Stroganoff dinner….
Carmella’s Beef Stroganoff/Julie’s Beef Stroganoff:
One and a half pounds of Top Round Steak (I buy more because the kids love it)
3-4 cans of Campbell’s Beef Broth (the recipe calls for one…but I always need more…because I love the gravy….so be sure to have enough gravy if you like lots of gravy like me. When it is time to cover the meat with the broth….I am just sure to make sure the meat is covered and then some…so eye-ball it)
1/4 pound of butter…maybe a little more if you are making more meat
1 onion-finely chopped
1 package of fresh sliced mushrooms ( I use 2 packages)
1 clove garlic-finely chopped
1 pt sour cream
2 tablespoons of corn starch
salt and pepper
1 pound of extra wide egg noodles (I usually make 1 1/2 pounds)
The most important part: put the meat in the freezer for a bit…..let it freeze enough so it is easy to cut…..then remove and cut into thin slices and then cut those slices in half….I would say like an inch long and about a half an inch thick….but everytime I make the slices they probably are a little different.
Melt butter…add onions then garlic on med to high
Add meat and let all sides brown..add the beef broth…simmer on low for about 40 minutes…until the meat is super tender….
Add the mushrooms.
Add sour cream…make sure not boiling when you add.
Take out about 1/2 cup of the liquid…put in the sour cream tub…just makes this part easier….now add about 2 tablespoons of corn starch….stir until disolved….add to the stroganoff….stir until thickened.
Serve over egg noodles and ENJOY!!
I hope you all love!