April 12, 2018

Simple Beef Stroganoff – Jared’s Favourite!

Disclaimer: This is an ugly dish!
There’s no way to make a pile of brown saucy beef look elegant, which is why the picture above is of yogurt and not a place of stroganoff!  I quit buying yogurt in our quest for plastic free shopping and yogurt was one of the things I struggled to replace till I stumbled on this brand. After posting about it I now know there are other ones out there, or I could buy Straus milk in glass and make my own yogurt… but that’s beyond me right now so I’m using this Oui By Yoplait one.  It’s not organic which I don’t love, but it’s non GMO and the cow have non GMO feed so for the occasionally stroganoff dish I”m happy to run with it to avoid plastic.
In our 6 years of marriage, food has been a journey together. One thing that’s been a constant though every stage is this simple dish.  It was a childhood favorite of Jared’s and the first time I made it for him I did a very complicated version.  Turns out that wasn’t (thankfully) the one he was used to, and I landed on this really quick and simple one that I can whip up after work in a few moments.

INGREDIENTS

1/4 yellow onion
1/4lb grass fed beef
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 heaped tablespoons spelt flour
1.5 cups warm water
1 tsp Better Than Bouillon (or sub this and the water for 1.5 cups broth/stock)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp tamari
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1 pot yogurt (6oz)
2 cups short grain rice (cooked in stock to be extra yummy) to serve

DIRECTIONS

Finely dice the onion and garlic and saute the onion in a few tablespoons of avocado oil over a low to medium heat taking care not to burn it.  I use my trusty cast iron skillet that I use for everything!
Add the beef and using a spatula break it up, stir it and cook till it’s browned, it will take about 5 minutes. Once the meat is brown, turn down the heat to low and add in the spelt flour.  Mix it into the beef until its coating all of the ground beef.
Stir the Better Than Bouillon into the warm water and add 1/2 cup of the water mixture to the beef with the tamari and mustard. Stir it in and increase the heat to a medium heat.  The water will slowly thicken up with the flour beef mixture until it leaves a line in the pan when you stir through it. Now add another half cup and mix it in, stirring until it’s thickened up again.  Finally add the third half cup and you’ll see it’s not getting as thick.  Heat and stir again until you have a thick creamy beef sauce then reduce the heat again and stir in the yogurt. Stir just enough to warm and combine, add salt and pepper to taste, then spoon over hot rice and serve immediately.

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