Saturday, August 7, 2010

Beef Stroganoff – My way, with Potato Pancakes

A quick and easy meal idea again - from Thursday night actually.

Ok, this time it's not the traditional recipe, I just used whatever I have on hand.

Beef Stroganoff

500g Heart Smart Beef Fillet Steaks
2 small onions, sliced
200g mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp white pepper
½ cup white wine
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp raw sugar
1 tsp all spice
1 tbsp dry mixed herbs (use fresh thyme, parsley and dill chopped fine if there’s any on hand)
2 tbsp thick Greek Yoghurt (use sour cream if you have them)

Cut steaks into 2mm thin stripes, toss in flour and white pepper mixture.
In a non stick frying pan, heat up some cooking oil (use butter if you want, but cooking oil or olive oil is my choice of healthier diet), brown onions and add beef stripes, lightly brown, about 2-3 minutes.
Add salt and herbs and all spice.
Mix well and caramelize meat further, deglaze with wine.
Mix in mushrooms and cook for a further 2-3 minutes
Add yoghurt and sugar. Mix well, cook for another 2-3 minutes and it should be ready.

Potato Pancakes
6 Medium starchy potatoes
150g plain flour
1 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
125ml milk
1 knob of butter

Boil the potatoes in skin, cool in colander, remove skin.
Shred potatoes.
Prepare flour batter with flour, pepper, salt, melted butter and milk.
Mix in shredded potatoes, should still be quite chunky.
Heat some cooking oil in pan, 1 tbsp at a time, and drop ¼ cup of batter in for a big pancake or 1 tbsp of batter in for a smaller pancake.
Brown both sides.

The healthy cut of the beef is very tender, and it's nice even though it's not "tradition".....

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