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9.11.12

Ground Beef Stroganoff: Foodie Friday

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Oh my were to begin... life has been surreal since Sandy hit our community. We suffered a tragedy in our town if you would like to read about click here.
Personally my family coped pretty well. We didn't have power, water, or heat for 7 days. Toward the end of the week playing pioneer woman started to get a little old, but my family has good camping skills and optimistic natures, so we can handle most situations that get thrown our way.

I hope all of you are safe and warm now. Please remember the people of New Jersey and New York who are still without power and many basic supplies. Donate to the Red Cross or contribute to your local drive to get these people necessities... and pray that we don't have anymore bad weather. I am trying to get this post done early in case we lose power again from the Nor'Easter that is blowing outside. Yes, it is snowing!


man grilling
My husband cooking up stuff from the fridge.
girl cooking on camping stove
My daughter cooking Tater Tots from the freezer on a camping stove.
dog in front of fireplace
Our dog staying warm in front of the fire. 

Ground Beef Stroganoff

by Diane Balch

Preparation time: 15 minutes                                       Serves: 4 - 6

Beef Stroganoff is such a comfy kinda food... but it can be executed on a gourmet level or thrown together very quickly. This recipe is my attempt to marry the two methods. I have simplified making this dish by using quick cooking ground beef. I lighten it a little by using half and half instead of heavy cream, but I include the use of Madeira wine to heighten the flavor. I think you will enjoy my results. 

Inspired by: 5 Ingredient 15 Minute Cookbook by Cooking Light and Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

Ingredients:

1 pound of wide egg noodles (or gluten free noodles from Schar)
4 tablespoons of butter
1 to 1.5 pounds of ground beef
1/2 cup of Madeira wine or 2 tablespoons of Vermouth
1 cup of beef broth
1 tablespoon of flour or cornstarch
1/2 cup of Half and Half
8 ounces of cremini mushrooms chopped 
1 bunch of scallions chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1) Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil with 2 tablespoons of salt in it for the pasta.

2) While water is coming to a boil melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet on medium high heat. Sauté the mushrooms and scallions. Do not salt the mushrooms until they brown. Remove them from the skillet. Set a side in a bowl.

3) Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Sauté the beef. When the beef is browned put it into the bowl with the mushrooms.

4) Add 2 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Scrape the browned bits with a spatula until the butter begins to brown.

5) Turn the heat up to high and add the liquor. Continue to scrap the pan and stir the liquor until it begins to thicken. 

6) Turn the heat down to medium low. Sift the flour into the sauce and use a whisk to incorporate it. 

7) Add the broth and bring the sauce to a boil. Continue to whisk it.

8) Once the broth is boiling lower the heat a little and add the half and half. Continue to whisk the sauce until it thickens, then take it off of the heat and add the beef and mushroom mixture back into the skillet.

9) When the pasta is ready pour it into the skillet and mix it with the sauce.

10) Serve with a salad, cooked greens or beets.

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Foodie Friday Features: 


From: I Thee Cook

Dad's Stuffed Cabbage
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From: 21st Century Housewife

Sweet Potato Bread
Sweet Potato Bread
Sweet potato bread is completely new to me. I love the idea of using this wonderfully flavorful seasonal vegetable to bake with...delicious.


From: Simplee Sue

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Talk about old fashion comfort food and such a beautiful presentation.


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56 comments:

  1. Hi Diane,

    I'm glad to hear you're doing well and I hope you don't lose power again so soon.
    This week I'm sharing How To Make Roasted Pumpkin Purée, Handcrafted Chai Spice Mix and Roasted Pumpkin Chai Smoothie. Pumpkin puree is easy to make and it's sooo good for you! I'm loving pumpkin and chai spices in my morning smoothies.

    Keep safe
    Laureen

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  2. Thank you so much for featuring my Sweet Potato Bread! This week I have shared a delicious Apricot and Almond Chicken recipe. I've linked up quickly this morning and have not yet linked back to you in this post, but I will do so as soon as I can (within an hour or so at the most). Thank you again for the feature!!

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    1. You are very welcome about the feature. A great look loaf.

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  3. I forgot to mention how delicious your stroganoff looks! I enjoyed your photographs as well, particularly that cute one of your dog. I'm glad you and your family got through the storm okay, and I do hope that the snow stops!

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    1. The dog literally "got the best end of the stick" (do you use that expression). Most people weren't working so everyone was out with their dogs and horses in the open space in town walking and enjoying nature. It was very healing.

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  4. Thank you for hosting, Diane. I am still praying for the people affected by Sandy. I pinned your stroganoff - I love that it doesn't use sour cream! I'm always looking for new variations :) I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. I never liked sour cream in stroganoff either... Julia Child didn't use it. We are in good company.

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  5. i'm glad you pulled through Diane - I can't imagine 7 days without water, power, etc... it's good to hear you are okay :)

    This week i've linked up my rendition of french onion soup. DE-VINE! :)

    p.s. The Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up is still live until midnight EST - i hope to see you there with your seasonal and fresh/real food posts!

    thanks for hosting us!

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    1. I hope you never have to experience it Kristy.. it was trying. So glad to be back to the food party life.

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  6. We've experienced a lot of hurricanes and loss of power here in FL, but I can't even wrap my head around the concept of a being cold during the aftermath of a hurricane. My heart goes out to the millions of people displaced and effected by Sandy. :-( My moms group is putting together blessings bags full of toiletries to help those in need.

    Glad to hear you have power now! Stay warm, mama!

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    1. It wasn't cold the first 2 nights and your right it really isn't as bad. This how weird weather is...my husband grew up in Miami and only once remembers a hurricane. The blessing bags sound like a wonderful thing to send to people... they really need so much along the coast.

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  7. Diane,
    Even to a vegetarian,your stoganoff looks delicious. Glad you are safe and hopefully now warm after the long aftermath of the storm. It is sad the destruction and loss suffered by so many. Stay safe and well.

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  8. Thanks Diane! Glad to see the aftermath of the storm is better.

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  9. Glad you are all safe after Sandy. Thanks for hosting and have a good weekend!

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  10. Thank you do much for hosting, Diane!
    Glad to see that everything is getting better!

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  11. Hi Diane,
    Your families spirit in the face of this disaster has been an inspiration to everyone. You'al will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Have a warm weekend and thank you for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you Miz Helen. You are too kind.

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  12. Thanks for inviting me and for your hospitality. Got you in my "linked up" page and heading over to FB to "like" you!

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  13. Thanks for hosting Diane! So glad to here you are okay. Today I am sharing my roasted cauliflower poppers and a look behind the scenes ~ Building Your Own Inexpensive Food Photography Studio to create yummy looking photos! Have a great weekend!

    http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/articles/behind-the-scenes-building-your-own-inexpensive-studio-for-your-food-photography/

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  14. One of my dad's favorite meals to make was beef stroganoff. As a kid, it wasn't always a hit with me since I wasn't a fan of mushrooms- I'm still not! But, now I can appreciate it's hearty and cozy flavors. Thanks for hosting, and I'm glad your family was able to come out of Sandy ok.

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    1. I never realized until I was researching this recipe how many different ways there are to make it. I bet this sauce would taste good with just beef, no mushrooms.

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  15. So happy to hear that you and your family are safe and sound! I love Beef Stroganoff! I have never tried it with ground beef. I bet it's delicious! Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much Leslie. It really cooks quickly when you use ground beef.

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  16. Thank you for sharing the Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe...it looks so good I can't wait to make it! I also host a linkup party on Saturday if you would like to link up. :) http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/search/label/craftshowcase

    xoxo,
    Marti

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  17. Thanks for hosting! This week I'm starting to think about the holidays. I'm sharing a post about 5 baked goods you can give as gifts this holiday season. It's an easy & frugal way to bless family & friends!
    http://plusothergoodstuff.blogspot.com/2012/11/five-baked-goods-to-give-as-gifts.html

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  18. Diane, glad to hear you and your family made it safely through the storm. Beef Stroganoff looks great. Thank you for hosting. Have a great weekend!

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  19. I can't wait to make this beef stroganoff, looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. So happy to find your blog! Glad your family is doing well and that you have power back. Seven days - wow! Linked back to your party - hope you can pop over and visit sometime. Thanks for hosting! :)
    Claire

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  21. Beef stroganoff has always been a personal favorite. It looks delicious.

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  22. Oh dear Diane, glad everything going well and everyone is safe. After the hurricane now here comes the snow storm. Errr....must be so frustrating. Still best to check if there's enough food & water supply for the family. I always keep stock of a little bit of everything but hubby said I'm out of my mind. Who knows! Someday we might need them. However, I am glad Foodie Friday is still on track as usual. Take care & may god bless you all.
    Blessings, Kristy

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    1. It was really starting to feel like the end of day... I was expecting locust next. Glad I have blogging to keep in touch with the outside world.

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  23. Look so good. Good for a weeknight meal.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/try-one-new-recipe-a-week-german-apple-puff-pancake

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  24. I'm glad all is good with you. My husband and I were just talking about making beef stroganoff over the weekend! Thanks for sharing and Must Try Monday.

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    1. Thanks Carrie... this recipe is simple and very flavorful.

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  25. Gosh. I'm so glad you guys are okay. thanks for the stroganoff recipe.

    It’s time for Merry Merry Munchies 2012. I’d love for you to come link up and check out the giveaways. http://diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com/2012/11/2012-merry-merry-munchies-1-sugared-nuts.html
    Thanks

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  26. I'm glad you made it through the storm okay. So awful for so many people!

    Thank you for sharing the stroganoff recipe, which looks delicious, and for hosting this party. It's a lot to take on in the face of recent events and we all appreciate the opportunity to participate.

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  27. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about pasta and noodles! There is already a great collection of dishes but it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

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    1. Thanks for the invite.. I'm always up for noodles.

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    2. thanks for linking this in, Diane. Cheers

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  28. Thanks for sharing this recipe on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

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  29. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

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  30. I love beef stroganoff. Yours looks delicious. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

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  31. Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with Simple Meals Friday! I hope you will join us again this weekend.

    http://mexicanwildflower.blogspot.com/2012/11/simple-meals-friday-8.html

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  32. Looks yummy. I'm saving it for later! I think my crew might enjoy this.

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  33. Playing this this tonight! I'm assuming 1 pound ground beef? I don't see it in the ingredient list.

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    1. Oh my, thanks for telling me about that. I use a pound to pound and 1/2.

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  34. This looks delicious! I've been searching for a beef stroganoff without a ton of condensed soup!

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  35. Looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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