As promised in Monday’s blog entry, I’m going to attempt a new Crock Pot recipe every week through the winter. This will hopefully save us some money on dining out and give me an opportunity to check out new dishes so I can pass my experiences along to readers.
Yesterday, I tried an allrecipes.com recipe for beef stroganoff. If I had made the recipe exactly as suggested by Allrecipes, I probably would have been VERY unhappy with it. Fortunately, I read some reader comments and made adjustments based on their recommendations, so it turned out delicious with just a few minor corrections needed.
Read on to see the original recipe and my suggested variations.
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
1 lb. cubed beef stew meat
1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed golden mushroom soup
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup water
4 oz. cream cheese
1. In a slow cooker, combine the meat, soup, onion, Worcestershire sauce and water.
2. Cook on Low setting for 8 hours, or on High setting for about 5 hours. Stir in cream cheese just before serving. Serve over rice or egg noodles.
What I changed:
First of all, you don’t need to cook this anywhere CLOSE to 8 hours. We turned our Crock Pot on low at 1 p.m. and by 6:30 p.m., the meat was fork tender. Remember you’ll need to stir in cream cheese at the end, which causes extremely tender meat to break up into little bits. I like big chunks of meat in my stroganoff, so next time I’m going to cook it about 5 hours on low and stir in a couple of big dollops of sour cream instead of cream cheese.
Next, it isn’t stroganoff in my book without mushrooms, so I sauteed 2-3 cups of sliced mushrooms and added them at the end with the cream cheese.
I also doubled the soup, adding two cans. I don’t think there would have been enough sauce for our taste with only the one can of soup in there. And don’t use cream of mushroom in place of the golden mushroom; I don’t think it would be anywhere near as good.
Finally, you’ll need to season this to taste with salt and pepper. The soup is salty, but mine still needed a little extra seasoning.
If you try this recipe, please be sure to let me know what you thought of it!