Beef Stroganoff

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Whew! What a week. I'm not even sure why it was such a "whew" week, except that perhaps my muscles have atrophied from sitting around in a state of corgi-covered winter-woodsy flannel-induced catatonia these past few months. Now that there are things to do which require more than pulling a needle through fabric, or knitting stitches off of one needle onto another needle, or ordering needles (and fabric and floss, and fussing with them) for your future stitching pleasure, I am beat. In a happy sort of way. But still, I'm glad it's Friday. Thank you for all of the enthusiasm about our floss-unwinding machine! We're still unwinding floss! But it's going really well. Printed patterns arrive today; hoops, needles, and scissors are apparently in transit; and I'm expecting the fabric to finally start arriving late next week or the follwing week. Things are moving! Yep. Busywork: keeps me nicely out of trouble.

Would you like a recipe from my new recipe box? It's my mom's beef Stroganoff. Hearty end-of-winter peasant food from my people. Reminds me of Sunday dinners at home, growing up. I'm going to write it here almost exactly as she wrote it.

Mom's Beef Stroganoff

1 1/2 - 2 lbs. sirloin steak, cut in bite-size (1") strips against the grain, no fat
2-3 T. olive oil
1 10.5 oz. can beef consommee
1/2 can water
1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
1 onion, sliced lengthwise, into thin wedges
12 oz. sliced mushrooms
2 T. butter
8 oz. sour cream

4 c. flour
4 eggs
1 stick (8 T.) of butter
1 c. plain breadcrumbs

Brown beef strips in olive oil in Dutch oven. Add consommee, water, tomato paste. Stir and let simmer for 1/2 hour. In a large saute pan, saute onions and mushrooms in butter. Cook water out and fry a little. Add to sauce. When ready to serve, spoon in sour cream and mix it all together. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over dumplings.

For dumplings, in large bowl mix eggs and flour together nicely — do not overmix. Add splashes of cold water and mix with fork until it looks like thick oatmeal. Drop by teaspoonsful into boiling water (you have to do this very fast). Let boil 5 minutes. Drain and let sit for about 5 minutes. In large saute pan, melt butter. Add dumplings to pan, fry a bit until they are coated, then sprinkle breadcrumbs over dumplings, tossing all of it to coat dumplings evenly. Fry until brown and crispy.

Have a good weekend! Be good. Stay warm and cozy. Enjoy whatever you do. Thank you for being here. Mwah. xoxo


Looks delicious! Stroganoff is a favorite dish at our house too! My husband loves to cook, and he uses a very similar recipe. But the dumplings are a new twist! We will have to try those. Love your beautiful photos by the way!

Diane from Norfolk England says: March 04, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I'm going to have a go at your mum's dumplings! I made some no knead bread last week after using your link - it was lovely. Thanks for telling us about it as I'd never heard about it before.

Wow, I'm vegetarian but I could imagine how good this would taste and those dumplings! I love visiting your space here. I always leave feeling inspired, with a warm fuzzy feeling and the need to go and embroider something. Thank you so much Alicia for all the love you put into life, your blog and our lives. I really appreciate it. I'll be ordering some of your loveliness when it is ready. I'm very excited. Thank you again so much. Oh and your recipe won't be lost on me, I'm posting on to my sister. With much love and kindness, Katie xxx

Posting this recipe was perfect timing for me - for the first time in ages I had Time To Cook this evening. A great addition to my own recipe box, it is so good (although I had to make note to be more controlled making the dumplings next time - too big this time). Thank you so much!

This sounds too delicious and those dumplings......yummo!!!!

Oooh yummy! Thank you very much. :) The weather here is sunny now but that clear crisp cold kind of sunny. Perfect for stroganoff me thinks...

Hi Alicia,

I had to comment on this, as I tried this recipe tonight. First, the Stroganoff was really great. I've never made it with tomato paste and we really liked the addition.

The dumplings... Oh, the dumplings. I mixed (almost) all of the ingrdients together and thought, "Surely, I'm missing something!" It was so stiff and would barely come together. I was going to go online and check, but my laptop wasn't charged and I was in the middle of the preparation anyway. So, I squished together some dumpling like mounds and plopped them into the water, where they promptly sunk never to rise again. After I fished the little balls out, I did the whole bread crumb, sautee in butter thing, but they still weren't looking all that good. Well, upon further examination, I didn't see the bit about the water! While I am sure that these dumplings are delicious, mine were absolutely awful and will be the subject of much friendly ridicule for decades to come. I can take comfort in one thing, my eight year old said that they weren't "that bad". He must really love his dad!

All the best,


I'm not kidding: I woke up this morning thinking I should make stroganoff for dinner. Merci, ma belle.

I hope you see this. The dumplings went over fabulously with the three teens! Thanks for the recipe.

Mervi Andersson says: March 05, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Thank you for the lovely recipe! And the wonderful post´s, we´re looking forward to the lovely spring too...and the warmth!

I've never made Stroganoff but have been meaning to for a while, perhaps I will try your recipe one evening this week :)

I sure wish I was in a state of woodsy wintery flannel induced catatonia with a Clover Meadow facsimile on my lap! Then I could just lay around and read and be all day dreamy. Now that's the life.

Hope the winding, is winding down. Hope I'm not the twelve hundrenth person to have said that!

My mom adored beef stroganoff too. I love the idea of dumplings with it, I'd never heard of that before and I adore dumplings. YUMMERS.

Happy week to you!

Mmm...that looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

I love the pretty picture with the light and flowers. So cozy looking!

Happy week to you!

here's my 'thing' with stroganoff though: the COLOR, once you add the sour cream (my mom's always turned an unappetizing GREY). maybe it had to do with the Worcestershire sauce she used???

Hi Alicia,
I'm one of your many fans. Just made this recipe tonight. My son spent last year in Eastern Europe and was asking for this dish. Great recipe. Everyone loved it. I served it over egg noodles. Next time I'll try the dumplings. I haven't made stroganoff in 10 years, so it was fun to revisit a recipe I remember from the 70s. Take care.

Just want to say thank you for the recipe. I made it last night for dinner and we all agreed it was absolutely delicious.

I made this. OH Lordy wit da boogie! Loved it. First time for making dumplings, my oh my. I simmered the beef for an hour and a half, my stew beef got nice and tender. I put the batter for the dumplings in a ziplock bag with a little corner cut off, and squeezed it out in to the boiling water, worked perty good. Dumplings who knew? Hubby raved.

Madre in TN says: March 11, 2012 at 09:17 AM

Fixing this for Sunday dinner tonight, can't wait. We still have your spaghetti sauce recipe on the face of the fridge! Wonderful :)

I found the link in one of the glossy magasins (don't remember which one) and saved it in favourits just in case. Re-found it half a year later to realize how inspiring things might be. Thank you for what you're creating and exposing here...

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