Are you looking for a comforting and hearty meal that’s perfect for any occasion? Look no further than beef stroganoff!
This classic dish features tender strips of beef in a creamy, savory sauce that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds. But how do you make that delicious sauce? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to create the perfect stroganoff sauce, complete with mushrooms, mustard, and sour cream. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting out in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to become a new favorite.
So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!
How Do I Make Beef Stroganoff Sauce?
To make beef stroganoff sauce, you’ll need a few key ingredients: beef broth, flour, mustard, mushrooms, and sour cream. You’ll also need some butter and onions to start the sauce off right.
Begin by heating up some olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Brown your beef in small batches until it’s lightly browned on each side. Remove the beef from the pan and set it aside.
Next, reduce the heat to medium and add some butter and onions to the pan. Cook until the onions are softened, which should take about 4-5 minutes. Add in your mushrooms and garlic and cook until they’re softened as well, which should take about 4 more minutes.
Stir in some flour and cook for another minute. Then add in your beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and thyme. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
If you want your sauce to be thicker, you can continue cooking it until it reaches your desired consistency. Once your sauce is ready, add in your beef (with any juices) and cook for another 2 minutes or until everything is heated through. Finally, stir in your sour cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Gathering Your Ingredients
Before you start making your beef stroganoff sauce, it’s important to gather all of your ingredients. For this recipe, you’ll need scotch fillet steak or boneless rib eye, vegetable oil, onion, mushrooms, butter, flour, beef broth, Dijon mustard, sour cream, salt, and pepper.
Make sure to choose high-quality ingredients for the best flavor. You can also customize the recipe to your liking by adding in additional herbs or spices.
Once you have all of your ingredients ready, you can start cooking your beef stroganoff sauce. Follow the steps above to create a delicious and creamy sauce that’s perfect for serving over noodles or rice.
Preparing The Beef And Mushrooms
To prepare the beef and mushrooms for your beef stroganoff sauce, start by browning your beef in small batches until it’s lightly browned on each side. It’s important to brown the beef in batches so that it doesn’t overcrowd the pan, which can cause the meat to steam instead of sear.
Once your beef is browned, remove it from the pan and set it aside. In the same pan, add some butter and onions and cook until the onions are softened. Then add in your mushrooms and garlic and cook until they’re softened as well.
It’s important to note that you should cook your mushrooms until they’ve released their liquid and are just starting to brown. This will help to concentrate their flavor and give them a meatier texture.
Next, stir in some flour and cook for another minute. This will help to thicken your sauce and create a creamy texture. Then add in your beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and thyme.
Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. This will help to meld all of the flavors together and create a rich, savory sauce. If you want your sauce to be thicker, you can continue cooking it until it reaches your desired consistency.
Finally, add in your beef (with any juices) and cook for another 2 minutes or until everything is heated through. Stir in your sour cream at the end, as adding it too early can cause it to curdle. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy your delicious homemade beef stroganoff sauce!
Making The Sauce Base
To make the base of the beef stroganoff sauce, you’ll need to start with a roux. A roux is a mixture of flour and fat that serves as a thickening agent for the sauce. In this case, we’ll be using butter as our fat.
Melt some butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add in some flour and whisk it together until it forms a smooth paste. Cook the roux for a few minutes, stirring constantly, until it turns a light golden brown color.
Next, slowly whisk in your beef broth until the roux is fully incorporated into the liquid. This will help prevent lumps from forming in your sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes until it thickens up slightly.
At this point, you can add in any additional seasonings or flavorings that you’d like to include, such as Worcestershire sauce or mustard. Let the sauce simmer for a few more minutes to allow all of the flavors to meld together.
Once your base is ready, you can proceed with adding in your cooked beef and other ingredients to finish off your beef stroganoff sauce. Remember to adjust the seasoning as needed before serving.
Adding The Mustard And Sour Cream
One of the key ingredients that gives beef stroganoff its distinct flavor is the addition of mustard and sour cream to the sauce. Once you’ve added in your beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme, it’s time to add in the mustard and sour cream.
To add the mustard, simply stir it into the sauce until it’s fully incorporated. The mustard will add a tangy flavor to the sauce that pairs perfectly with the beef and mushrooms.
Next, it’s time to add in the sour cream. It’s important to add the sour cream slowly and stir constantly to prevent it from curdling. You can also temper the sour cream by adding a small amount of hot sauce to it before adding it to the pan.
Once you’ve added in all of the sour cream, stir everything together until it’s fully combined. The sour cream will give the sauce a creamy texture and help to balance out the tangy flavor from the mustard.
Finally, season your sauce with salt and pepper to taste. You can also add in some fresh parsley for a pop of color and flavor. Once your sauce is ready, simply add your beef back into the pan and cook for another 2 minutes or until everything is heated through. Serve over noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes and enjoy!
Serving And Enjoying Your Beef Stroganoff
Now that you’ve made your delicious beef stroganoff sauce, it’s time to serve and enjoy it! Traditionally, beef stroganoff is served over a bed of buttered egg noodles, but it can also be served over mashed potatoes or rice.
To serve with egg noodles, cook them ahead of time and cool. When ready to serve, dip them in hot water to reheat. The buttery texture and size of egg noodles make them the perfect vehicle to carry the delicious stroganoff right to your mouth!
If you want to reduce your carb intake or trick kids into eating more vegetables, then serve cauliflower rice. It’s a great low-carb option that pairs well with the rich flavors of the stroganoff sauce.
You can also serve beef stroganoff with a variety of side dishes to complement its salty and savory flavors. Some popular options include cilantro lime rice, onion rings, Spanish rice, zucchini alfredo, tostada, zucchini carrot bread, cauliflower soup, pasta fagioli, radish chips, potato rosti, kale lemon salad, mashed cauliflower, garlic bread, vegetable salad or green beans with bacon.
No matter how you choose to serve it, beef stroganoff is an easy and delicious meal that’s perfect for any night of the week. Enjoy!