Monday, May 20, 2013

Beef Stroganoff

Once upon a time my pantry shelves were lined with Campbell's creamed soups--but then I learned about that sneaky stuff called monosodium glutamate (MSG).  The research was clear on the dangers of this additive and if the label read it then I decided I wouldn't buy it.  It was a hard change to make because a lot of really yummy foods contain MSG, but I was sticking to it.

But with all those Campbell's creamed soups gone from my pantry what was I going to make for dinner?  Most of the recipes I used regularly called for creamed soups.  After making Mel's delicious green bean casserole for Christmas dinner one year I realized that whipping up my own creamed soups from scratch could be really easy.  First thing I set out to recreate one of my husbands favorite dinners, beef stroganoff.  It took me a few tries to get it right, but I'd say the end result tastes just like the original, except a lot healthier.

Beef Stroganoff

1/2 pound grass fed ground beef
6 ounces bella mushrooms, sliced thin
1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups organic chicken broth (be careful, many store bought broths contain MSG too)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup flour of choice (I like to use tapioca flour or arrowroot powder)
2 tablespoons butter (preferably grass fed)
3 tablespoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon real salt
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper

1. Cook ground beef in a large skillet.  Transfer to a bowl and keep warm.

2. In the same skillet melt butter over medium heat and add mushrooms.  Cook until mushrooms release their liquid, about 5 minutes.  Increase the heat to medium-high and cook until all the liquid has evaporated.

3. Add the salt, pepper, dried onion, and garlic.  Stir in the flour and cook for about one minute -- this helps get rid of the starchy flour taste.  Slowly mix in the chicken broth using a whisk and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened.

4. Stir in cooked ground beef.  Add sour cream to sauce and mix in with whisk.  Serve over rice.



  1. I changed up our tuna noodle casserole recipe too to get rid of the cream of chicken soup. I'll have to try this!

  2. So as crazy as it sounds, I have never had or made beef stroganoff before. I've always heard it was really good, but for some reason whenever I looked at the ingredients, in my mind I could not imagine it tasting that great. So I've never made it. But you inspired me and I did the other night. I loved it! Dave isn't a fan of beef stroganoff but he did say that this was the best he has ever had :)

    1. Thanks! I'm so glad you liked it! I never had beef stroganoff until I met Jeff. It's one of his favorite dinners.


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