Classic Beef Stroganoff Recipe with Sour Cream

June 14, 2021

Creamy beef stroganoff is the ultimate comfort food! And it’s so rich and savory, it will have even the staunchest mushroom haters coming back for seconds!

This classic beef stroganoff recipe is a family favorite, and for a good reason. The tender beef and smooth sauce make this dish deeply satisfying and absolutely perfect to pair with some nice buttery noodles.

And the brandy, wine, and sour cream just add so much more flavor to an already savory dish. Beef stroganoff is also surprisingly quick and easy to make, making it the ideal dinner when you want something impressive but low effort.

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Taste Score: %76
Difficulty Medium
Servings 8 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 120 mins
Total 140 mins

Tips

  • This easy beef stroganoff recipe uses chuck roast, but you can also use top sirloin, rump steak, tenderloin, and other marbled meat cuts.
  • If you don’t have sour cream on hand, you can use cottage cheese, heavy cream, coconut milk, or Greek yogurt instead.
  • You can also exchange the cremini mushrooms used in this classic beef stroganoff recipe for shiitakes or wild mushrooms for a more unique flavor.
  • Brandy can be substituted with sherry, whiskey, bourbon, or rum. You can also use red wine vinegar, pomegranate juice, or cranberry juice as non-alcoholic alcohol substitutes.
  • It is recommended to use a Dutch oven for this recipe as they retain and distribute heat evenly, making them ideal for searing meat at high heat and maintaining low-and-slow temperatures for a long time.
  • When adding the flour to the broth, create a slurry, so the mixture blends in with the meat mixture in the pot and doesn't form any lumps.
  • Bring everything to a boil and cook for a minute or two to cook away any raw flour taste.
  • Sauté the onions to take the pungent edge off and help them define their taste and develop a natural sweetness.
  • When cooking the flour-coated beef, work in batches and avoid crowding the pot.
  • Brown the meat by getting your pot very hot and then quickly stir-frying the beef slices in it for the ultimate beef stroganoff flavor and color.
  • Use ground beef for quick and easy ground beef stroganoff. You can also tweak this recipe to make some tasty ground beef stroganoff casseroles.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1/3 cup flour, garlic powder, nutmeg, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add beef patted dry with paper towels to this mixture and toss to coat.
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven. Add the coated beef to the Dutch oven in batches and cook until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the sliced onion. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring often until softened. Add the brandy and wine and cook for about 1 minute, scraping the pan with a spoon.
  4. Return the meat to the pot and add the beef broth. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or until the beef is tender.
  5. Transfer one cup of broth to a small bowl. Add the remaining 3 tbsp flour to it and whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the pot and season to taste.
  6. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown.
  7. Add the mushrooms to the meat mixture and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in the sour cream and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve beef stroganoff over buttered noodles. Garnish with sour cream and chopped chives.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Beef Stroganoff
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories408
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 119 mg39.7%
Sodium 1053 mg45.8%
Potassium 909 mg19.3%
Protein 34 g68%
Total Fat 24 g30.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Beef Stroganoff?

Beef stroganoff is a Russian dish consisting of pieces of sautéed beef served in a rich and creamy stroganoff sauce. Although its exact origin is up for debate, it was likely invented in 1891 by French chef Charles Briere in a St. Petersburg cooking contest.

How To Make Homemade Beef Stroganoff?

Making homemade beef stroganoff is super easy with this classic beef stroganoff recipe. Just coat and brown the beef, sauté the onions, add wine and beef broth, thicken the mixture, throw in some mushrooms, and stir in the sour cream. Season and garnish as desired.

What Cut of Beef Is Best For Stroganoff?

Most traditional beef stroganoff recipes recommend filet mignon, top sirloin, beef tenderloin, and boneless ribeye steak, but you can also get good results with less expensive cuts like chuck roast, rump steak, and round steak. The trick is to select a cut with a nice amount of marbled fat. You can also use ground beef for some delicious ground beef stroganoff.

What Is Stroganoff Sauce Made Of?

A basic Stroganoff sauce is made up of some beef broth thickened with flour and sour cream. It’s typically flavored with mushrooms and mustard, but some variations also add Worcestershire sauce, wine, brandy, and other seasonings.

What To Serve With Beef Stroganoff?

Serve beef stroganoff with rice, buttered egg noodles, sourdough, rye bread, Pappardelle, mashed potatoes, Russian salad, and French fries. Pair with beverages like spiced apple cider, and fruity and acidic wines like Shiraz and dry rosé.

How To Store Beef Stroganoff?

Beef stroganoff is ideal for freezing and can be frozen for up to 3 months once spooned into an airtight container or snap-lock bag. Any leftovers can also be easily stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

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