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


Christine says: March 02, 2012 at 02:38 PM

Must make those dumplings during the next blustery storm. I hope the stroganoff doesn't mind if I make it with seitan instead of beef. Thanks for the recipe!
Sisters in flannel,

Looks so good..makes me want to go into my kitchen and start cooking something! However, I'd love to try your recipe. I'm intrigued by the dumplings..haven't cooked them before.

I made beef stroganoff the other day for the first time and it was so awful I literally threw it out. Maybe I should have tried something like this instead of the low-fat, Weight Watchers-friendly crap I made. :(

Oh my! That looks amazing! XO

Happy weekendy xxx

This looks so good. I rarely comment on food posts, but man...

My beef stroganoff recipe is similar but I have never seen it with dumplings. Makes me wish I could still eat grains.

Looks so delicious!!!

That looks soooo yummy! I had lunch with another local blogger, in Gresham, and we talked about how we both enjoy your blog so much, and your sister's too! I brought her some of the alpaca I was given this week at the Damascus Fiber Arts School and she brought me two great spinning magazines. Fun day! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

My mom never made stroganoff, so the recipe I have is from an old Betty Crocker cookbook. This is quite different so I'm going to have to try it! Like the idea of the dumplings vs. egg noodles.
Your unwinding machine is brilliant, with such simple parts! Have a nice weekend! Give Clover a hug for me!

Oh that picture makes my mouth water.

Thanks for sharing the recipe! I have always made stoganoff with a sort of white sauce served on noodles or rice so this recipe surprized me with the addition of tomato paste and the unique dumplings.
And thanks again for sharing your beautiful pictures and your creative projects. Visiting you and Julie and Teresa Kasner, fellow Portland bloggers is a special delight! <3

It sounds delicious. We make it with noodles but I'll have to try it with dumplings!!


Doesn't almost everyone love comfort food, especially in the winter even if there's no snow?!! This sounds delicious and I'll definitely try it.
Thanks for all the lovely photos. Your Flossie Machine is the greatest!

Your blog is such a nice respite after a long day. I love the pics, the dogs, the writing, everything.


Stay Cozy!

Love receiving permisison to saute a dumpling! I also like 'the machine'!

"Busywork: keeps me nicely out of trouble" :-D I'm so excited about the embroidery kits, thank you for putting them together! It really helps to have everything ready to start a project as opposed to having to source the materials yourself! Have a great weekend!

…also one of my mom's go-to recipes, & Chicken a la king. thanks for the memories and for the addition of 'death by dumplings' but what a way to go!

Alicia, Thank you for putting all the time and effort into making wonderful kits for us. It is appreciated. The Stroganoff looks yummy. I tried the fruit galette today and it was so good. Have a lovely weekend.

Absolutely delicious photo....and the *dumplings* take the dish to mouth-watering. Thank you for sharing this + recipe!

Also, I think a corgi-covered winter sounds kind of nice. :-)

Round the bend comes March 5, Alicia, and I'm thinking of you and your accident anniversary. I hope your week is peaceful and filled with love and comfort, as is your blog. I will make your mother's stroganoff on Monday.

I am definitely making this for my birthday dinner this week! Thanks for inspiring, as always!

Thank you, Alicia! The dutch oven bread is going already this morning, though I had to use golden raisins left over from Christmas trail mix gifts. Hooray, for leftover ingredients! Also I am making your Mom's Beef Stroganoff today. Your cooking is very inspirational!

Bit random but, just read this review and thought of some of the things you have written about your love of horses.


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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at