Friday, January 7, 2011

Vegetarian Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Day 7.

Today, we're going to highlight the follies of transforming steak into "steak." So far, I haven't found a "steak" product that I like. So, I just don't do it. I substitute ground "beef" instead. Or even baked tofu or tempeh. Here, I'm using ground "beef" because it just goes well with creamy noodles.

The original comes from Tricia over at I've been trying to do a bit of once a month cooking, but having to cook one meal a day for my 365 challenge means I have to do these recipes cut in half or quarters. So, here's one Tricia multiplies and freezes ahead of time.

Beef Stroganoff
1 pound/bag beef crumbles
1/4 C butter
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
1/2 C onions, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
11/2 C water, divided
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (I mixed cranberry juice and white vinegar)
2 tsp. "beef" or vegetable bouillon (or 2 cubes)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 C (8 ounces) sour cream
8 oz. cooked egg noodles

Add 1/4 C butter and about 1/2 C water to a large skillet. Cook mushrooms, onion and garlic until tender; stir in flour. Add additional 1 C water, lemon juice, vinegar, bouillon, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in sour cream and beef; heat through (do not boil). Serve over cooked hot egg noodles.

Original recipe can be found HERE.

The Results
Yum. This beats the tar out of hamburger helper. And it's probably about the same price to make it myself. It is delicious. Definitely a keeper. The omnivore husband said it tasted just like "real" beef stroganoff. That has to be a compliment. So, this is "hamburger" helper, but with nearly all whole foods. Prepackaged egg noodles and "beef" aside, this is without all of the additives in that little box of seasonings and noodles that you pay $1.79 for on sale.

This is the second best meal of the week. After the fabulous tamales. And, for the first time in a long time, we finished the whole meal in one sitting! Of course, I made a half portion to do it. But, wow, no leftovers! The only bad news is this means the yummy noodles and sauce won't make a reappearance in a leftovers casserole later on.

This post is linked at Friday Potluck.


  1. This sounds excellent, but I'm not great with soy-based products. Do you think it'd work with beans mashed and fried with egg or something to give it a ground-meat consistency?

  2. Well, have you ever tried Quorn "beef" crumbles? They are soy-free micoprotein. Also, you could try brown rice and lentils mashed together. I'm not sure about the bean/egg combo.

  3. This food looks yummy. A new follower form Hop Along Friday. Hope you visit me...

  4. Hmmm, sounds interesting...may have to try it, however I have to work on pasta first, trying to get hubby on a gluten free diet to see if it helps some digestive issues he is having! Thanks for sharing!

  5. They make gluten-free pasta. I can't vouch for the taste, as I've never had it. If you haven't yet, you should check out Crockpot 365. All of her recipes are gluten-free (she has a child who has celiac). Her blog's in my blog roll, if you're interested.

  6. Here from the bloghop.
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  7. I am intrigued by the beef crumbles. Will have to try these soon -- I love this post, and want to thank you for linking it to Friday Potluck today :)

  8. My husband keeps wanting me to figure out a stroganoff recipe. I hated it as a kid though LOL. Thanks for sharing this, may have to try it out and see if he likes it.

  9. I hated it, too. It was the beef. I don't know why I like this so much, since my husband claims it tastes like the real thing. To me, it mostly tastes like mushroomy flavored sauce over noodles. But then again, it's been so long since I've had real ground beef I may not remember it well enough to recognize it.