Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

A New Take on a Classic:

There's no doubt that beef stroganoff is a well-loved classic that can be prepared in a multitude of different ways.  This creamy tangy favorite used to be a weekend only option due to the amount of time it can potentially take to prepare.  With the prevalence of slow cookers in kitchens across America, you can now make delicious beef stroganoff any night of the week with your favorite ingredients an put your own twist on a classic beef stroganoff.

Ingredients:

You'll need 2 pounds of beef stew meat cut into one inch cube or smaller, 10 ounces of sliced fresh mushrooms, one can of cream of mushroom soup, one can of golden mushroom soup, 1 8 ounce container of sour cream, 1 cup of shredded Swiss cheese, and 1 8 ounce package of cubed cream cheese, and about half a teaspoon of ground white pepper.  Some people prefer garlic and/or onion in their beef stroganoff.  If you want to add these, use anywhere between 1 and 3 cloves of minced garlic, and ½ to 1 & ½ cups of chopped onion to taste.  You can also elect to use garlic or onion powders instead of the fresh ingredients.  This will yield 8 servings, adjust the quantities as needed for the number of servings you need.

Preparation:

Combine everything except the dairy products into a slow cooker and cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, or until the beef is very tender.  Once this is done, stir in the sour cream, cream cheese, and Swiss cheese.  Mix until the cheeses are melted and everything is well combined into a sauce.  Serve immediately over cooked egg noodles.

Beef Stroganoff

Alternative Preparations:

For the beef, if you prefer, you can use short, thin strips of beef instead of cubes.  A boneless top round steak is a good cut to use, or, you can look for pre-cut beef strips that are ready to be cooked.  You can create a more gourmet stroganoff by substituting 1 & ½ pounds veal cut into 1 inch pieces and instead of a can of golden mushroom soup, use a can of cream of potato soup.  You can also add to the mixture 1 teaspoon of crushed dried thyme leaves if you wish.  If you are preparing the stroganoff with veal, you might want to consider using a more gourmet cheese selection than using basic Swiss cheese, such as Jarlsberg or gruyere.  Feel free to mix cheeses based on your own tastes.

Mixing Mushrooms:

Please don't think that you have to stick with traditional white mushrooms when making stroganoff.  To enhance flavor, mix in a variety of mushrooms, such as portabellas, creminis, shitakes, or even oyster mushrooms.  These will add a wonderful array of texture and rich flavors and aromas to the sauce.

Conclusion:

If you don't already have one, slow cookers can be found on sale at national retailers for a very low price.  Why not pick on up and try this classic dish soon.

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