Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wouldn't it be much easier to cook if someone would come up with suggestions?

    I get in such a rut cooking that I forget about some of our favorite recipes.  For lunch today I made Beef (Hamburger) Stroganoff which I haven't made for awhile but which has been a favorite since our children were small.  The recipe was given to me by my friend, Sara, back when we were always trying to think of something different to cook for dinner.  It is very easy, and one of Country Guy's favorites.

I thought some of you might be in one of those "ruts" too and need a new easy recipe to inspire you. This one is included in my Shalom In The Wilderness Cookbook.  (I have a few left, so if you would like one send me an email and I'll get you the info for ordering), but it's also posted in Section 3 of the Recipes #1 page on this blog.

Here it is if you don't want to look it up.

Beef (Hamburger) Stroganoff
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic
1/4 c. butter
1 lb hamburger or round steak
2 T. flour
1/2-1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 can mushrooms
1 can cream of chicken soup (can also use cream of celery, or mushroom soup)
1 c. sour cream
2 T. parsley (optional)

Saute onion & garlic in butter.  Add meat.  Brown.  Drain (partially)  Add flour, salt, mushrooms.  Cook 5 minutes.  Add soup.  Simmer 10 minutes.  Stir in sour cream.  Heat through.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Serve over hot buttered noodles or rice.

This is just as good as leftovers.

**Recipe notes.  I used to omit the mushrooms because some of our children didn't like mushrooms but I often include the now.

 I most often use a 1 lb. package of fettuccini, but I also sometimes make homemade noodles from the recipe in the cookbook/blog when I have extra time, and once in a while when if I had nothing else in the cabinet I've used spaghetti.

Also, I rarely use the butter--mainly to cut down on a few calories.  I can't tell any difference in taste.  Instead, I brown the ground beef, onion and garlic together.  And since it seems to be thick enough without adding additional flour I omit it, too.

I also like to serve peas as a side dish with this meal--and sliced tomatoes, if I have them.

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