Fratelli Perata Authentic Beef Stroganoff
to Mama for loving to cook with mushrooms, and to my Mom who loved to
cook 1960’s style, I know about mushrooms and vaguely what Beef
Stroganoff is. We pauvre Americani can make do with hamburger and
mushroom soup to make a stroganoff, but thanks to persistent customer
requests and the research of our webmaster Brad, we can present to you
a kitchen-tested, authentic Russian version. Ours is sourced from
Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook by Anya von Bremzen and John
Welchman. We used, from a whole filet mignon, the meat from each end,
and then saved the middle for steaks for special occasions later. Our
beef was from Alexander’s Prime Meats in San Gabriel. The point is, you
must use the best meat, or the recipe devolves to a Betty Crocker
offering. This was a wonderful entrée with our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.
It would also be extraordinaire with any Mafalda blends.
2 pounds filet mignon, cut into thin strips
3 TB butter, unsalted
¾ cup onion, finely chopped
1 pound mushrooms, caps only, halved (use your favorite)
2 1/4 tsp. Flour
1/3 cup beef stock, or equivalent Better than Bullion
1/3 cup heavy cream
½ cup sour cream
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1½ TB dill, fresh, chopped
1½ TB parsley, fresh, chopped
Salt and pepper
comes together pretty fast, so have your side dishes ready, and decide
if you want to serve with rice or wide egg noodle. Rice would hold
better and we enjoy that. This does not make an abundance of sauce.
It’s more about the meat. This serves 4 well, maybe 6.
idea is to brown the meat quickly without overcooking, but cooked
almost to your taste: Heat a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Add
the meat a little at a time and quickly sear, stirring continuously,
maybe 3-4 minutes for “medium” (We did 2 minutes for rare.) If the meat
throws off too much liquid, drain it off and set aside. Remove the meat
from the skillet and set aside in a bowl.
Melt the butter in
a skillet large enough for all the ingredients over medium heat. Add
the onion, sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5
minutes. Increase the heat, add the mushrooms and sauté, stirring,
until they have a deep color, about 20 minutes. Turn down the heat to
medium-low, sprinkle in the flour. Stir and cook another minute.
in the stock, or equivalent in beef juices from the sauté step, heavy
cream, sour cream, and mustard. Simmer over low heat until thickened,
about 5 minutes. Do not overheat to a boil and ruin the creams.
the meat to the skillet, stir to coat with the sauce, heat for about a
minute (warm enough to serve). Stir in the dill, parsley and salt and
pepper to taste. Serve immediately.