Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Simple is not Easy

In my continual quest to fill the bellies of my loved ones with real food versus that which has been processed beyond recognition, today I attempted a from scratch "authentication" of the Steak Stroganoff recipe in the Fix-it and Forget-It Cookbook. My resolve to do better in this area was not weakened, but I must tell you that making the mushroom sauce takes a whole lot longer than opening a can of mushroom soup and mixing in a packet of onion soup mix. However, seeing 5 empty plates with smiling full kid-os and husband behind them was worth the effort!

Saralyn's Take Longer to Fix-It and Be Less Concerned about Its Ingredients Stroganoff

3 Tbsp. butter
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. parsley
1 cup milk

Saute mushrooms and onion in butter for 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir to incorporate. Add salt, pepper and parsley. Cook for about 1 minute. Slowly add milk, stirring all the while to avoid lumps. Cook until thickens. Set aside.

1-3/4 lbs. round steak, cut into strips (Safeway often has this on sale for $1 per pound!)
2 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp . garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika

Mix the seasonings and flour in a bowl. Add steak and toss to coat.

Mix mushroom sauce and 1/2 cup water in crockpot. Add steak. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.

Stir in:
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp. parsley

Cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until hot. Serve over buttered egg noodles.


AmyR said...

Sounds fabulous, but....KIDS, eating mushrooms? I haven't witnessed such a phenomenon. Get a picture! :)

anika said...

i am so proud of you.....


Anonymous said...

Mmmm. I'm at work, and now my mouth is watering. Lunchtime! But sadly, this won't be on the menu. :(