Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The recipe that shames me: Beef Stroganoff aka "slop"


I have been doing this blog for over a year, and I have never blogged about this dish. We eat this dish at least twice a month, and I have never blogged about it. It is my children's FAVORITE dinner, and I have never blogged about it. I often pre cook it and take it on family vacations because it is such a crowd pleaser, but I have never blogged about it. It is easily the quickest, yummiest way to to use leftover roast beef from sunday dinner, but I have never blogged about it. Why you ask? See the can? It shames me. Mormons all over the country have cases of these cans in their basement, and I am no different. To make matters worse, not only does the recipe call for "cream of mushroom soup" but a package of "lipton onion soup" a double wamie of bad Mormon cooking. Sure, I could make a great Beef Stroganoff from scratch with fresh mushrooms and onions, cream etc . . . but sometimes you just have to have a dish in your recipe box that is easy, no frills, no thinking, just feed your family and be done with it. That is what this recipe is the definition of "semi homemade" Now the only time I make this dinner is when I plenty of left over roast beef from sunday dinner. I ALWAYS cook more roasts then I will need for two reasons, 1) you never know who is showing up for dinner. 2) leftover roast beef is gold because it can be used for so many easy quick meals for the rest of the week. Beef stroganoff is one of those meals. So I am only describing how to make it in this context, you've got to have leftover roast beef and gravy, about the equivalent to about 2 lbs of meat.

Ingredient list

Leftover roast beef with gravy (about 2 lbs)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 pkg lipton onion soup
1 t dill
1 1/2 c sour cream
a little water if needed

Add everything but the sour cream into a sauce pan and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add sour cream. Serve over cooked rice.

The sad part is, its the dish I am the most ashamed of, and it is easily my family's favorite meal. I weep . . . . . Don't get me wrong, I like it too, but mama likes to show off her skills!!


beckmarsh said...

We all have these shameful recipes. Mine is a variation of this... can of cr of mushroom, 1 pkg lipton soup mix, pour over a roast, cook in crock pot. Serve with crusty bread to dip in the gravy-like substance that forms in the crock pot. My son always requests this as his favorite "fancy dinner."

Mum in Bloom said...

Oh my gosh I'm laughing my butt off! It's not only Mormons with meals like this, eh? We have meatloaf made from a McCormick's mix at least once a week & I've never blogged it either.. it's my family's favourite ;o) In my defense I've stopping buying Mac'nCheese in a box, fruit roll ups, or any packaged cookies, and many many more but some things are just tough to give up I guess. Love your blog and recipes :)

chrisspope said...

an, I can see that I need to teach you how to make slop without mushroom soup. It's lots better. I made ti here in Africa and it was a hit!! Mom