Mushroom Stroganoff Sauce for Steak ( Biefstuk Stroganoff)


beef stroganoff


When my friend John was in High School he spent a year in the US as an exchange student.
Years later right before we were moving he offered to cook me American dishes he learned when he was in the US.
Not one to pass up a free good meal I was his willing guinea pig.
He introduced me to hamburgers, he cooked them on the tiny balcony of our student housing flat.
His next meal was Beef Stroganoff.
I was excited but a bit puzzled, how is that an American dish?
But again free good meal, not rocking the boat.

We sat down to a plate with a brown sauce and noodles.
“Noodles” I said, “noodles?”
I did not remember that Stroganoff was served with noodles and wasn’t a reddish sauce served with rice.
We went back and forth over this for a while and I bet if we get together we can argue some more.

Recently while looking for recipes a friends blog had Stroganoff over noodles and I decided to research if I was not completely losing my mind over what I remember it to be

Turns out there is such a thing as the “American Stroganoff” and then there is the classic European one.
The American version generally uses either sliced beef or ground beef. It has mushrooms, sour cream added.
The European version is pretty far removed from that, it has vodka and paprika powder as an ingredient.

Mushroom Stroganoff European Style

  • 8 ounces of mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1/2 shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 cup Creme Fraiche or Sour Cream
  • dash of Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shot glass vodka

Saute shallots and garlic in butter,add mushroom
Simmer until mushrooms are cooked
Add creme fraiche/ sour cream and tomato paste (leaving no lumps)
Season with salt, pepper, paprika and tabasco sauce to taste
Put vodka in a ladle that can handle heat and set it on fire, pour into sauce
Grill/cook steak to your taste
Serve meat with sauce.



Picture from the blog cookindineout

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Gail the Grasshopper
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 21:59:15

    Hi Mari,

    Do you have a picture you can post of Beef Stroganoff European style? Also, I found this recipe with small history lesson on Beef Stroganoff American style,

    Post more recipes please.


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