Whew! The November newsletter is done, my new book is DONE, and now we're just going to have some fun! It's Friday and I don't know about you, but I LOVE FRIDAYS!!! I still have quite a bit of work to do here in the office today, and tomorrow, but today is the last day of the school week for our kids and the last day of the work week for my husband. This means the next two days are ours, and we can plan something good to cook!
A few weeks ago I made a beef stroganoff dish that my oldest daughter took to work for lunch on Saturday, and one of her supervisors wanted some too! I had purchased two steaks and placed one in the freezer so I'm going to find out if she is working this Saturday and make it again for them and this time I'll pack two lunches instead of one. If she is, and I do this, then that will also be our dinner! If she's not working with my daughter this Saturday I'll hold off on that. Yum, it sure was good!
I've made beef stroganoff for many years but the particular recipe I used this time was one that I adapted from Rachael Ray's holiday recipe that she did on her daytime TV show in October. (view recipe here)
Here are the ingredients and what I changed...
1 lb egg noodles
Salt and pepper
4 T. butter, divided
2 T. olive oil
3 sprigs dill (I used dried, and it was still great)
20 chives (same as for the dill, for both I just sprinkled a lot--it's for the pasta)
1 lb sirloin steak
1/2 c. flour
1/2 small onion (I used about 1/4 c. sweet onion, diced small because my kids hate onions)
4-5 garlic cloves (the recipe calls for grating the onion and the garlic but I minced mine instead, my kids can handle that fine)
2 tsp. smoked paprika (I haven't made the investment in this yet, and used our regular paprika--which was still delicious)
1-2 cups beef stock (invest in a jar of beef bouillon cubes, they really come in handy and go a long way, a lot cheaper than buying beef stock premade--I learned that one from my mom many years ago! :o)
1/2 c. sour cream (one of our kids can't eat sour cream, or I should say "won't," so I prepared the dish and made a plate for him, then added the sour cream for the rest of the family)
1 4-ounce jar pimentos (now this my kids definitely will not eat, they always say "EWE! What are those red things!" and then they make a mess by picking them all out) so, I cut up a green bell pepper instead and they loved it!)
If you decide to make this I hope you enjoy it as much as we did... and I hope you'll try my version! :o) If there's not a way to print this out you can email it to yourself by using the email link below. And please use the link above to print out Rachel's recipe, she's got a nice picture of the dish as well so I'd like you to see that. This is a creamy and hearty dish that's great for the colder months!
Now, what are y'all going to cook tonight? It's time to start thinking about that! I have tomorrow planned, hopefully, now we need to think of something for tonight! (SIGH)
And I love the comment made yesterday about grilled cheese sandwiches, that is always a quick easy and frugal meal that most people love! I do have one child who won't eat American Cheese though, and no, it's NOT the same child who won't eat sour cream! lol