Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Beef Stroganoff

Robb was a good cook. He specialized in tasting someone else's best dish, asking for the recipe, tweaking it ever so slightly, and making it his own. Melanie's cheesy sausage toast... Brad's mango salsa... Jen's lasagna... He believed that once you serve something three times with your own alterations, the recipe is now your own.

My personal favorite was his beef stroganoff. Originally his mom's recipe, Robb 'made it his own.' I often teased that I would request it as my very last meal, were I to be executed at midnight.

I ordered the 'mushroom stroganoff' at Noodles & Co. last week... I wasn't really thinking. Suddenly, it was the closest thing I've tasted to Robb's stroganoff brilliance. I wasn't prepared.

These five senses of mine... they hold memories of their own.

Memories with a quick trigger.

Just in case you've ever tried it, and just in case you haven't, I decided to share the recipe.

And it's for real-deal my favorite.


Beef Stroganoff

(Number of servings depends on how much you make -easily adjustable.)

Round Steak

Red Cooking Wine

1/2 t garlic powder

salt and pepper

1 pkg. brown gravy mix

2 C sour cream

1/2 t paprika

egg noodles

1 stick butter/margarine

2 tsp parsley

Cut the round steak into bite-sized pieces. (Robb liked to marinade it overnight in red cooking wine.)

Put the round steak into nonstick skillet. Sprinkle garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste over the meat and toss; add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and keep the meat from sticking. Over medium high heat, cook the meat until it is browned. Put the meat into a crock pot.

About an hour before serving, add the brown gravy mix, 1/2 stick of margarine, paprika, and sour cream. If not to desired consistency, add more wine or sour cream as needed. (Robb's recipe was nice and creamy.) :)

Cook noodles per directions, drain, and then add the other 1/2 stick of margarine; stir until margarine is melted. Add parsley to noodles.

Serve sauce mix over noodles with a side of fresh bread.


It's freaking amazing. Enjoy.

On caveat: He would want you to say, "This was Robb's recipe."


Laura said...

Sounds amazing! You need to change the name of the recipe to 'Robb's Beef Stroganoff.' (:

Caroline & Cameron said...

Hi Tricia, I have been reading your blog for awhile and am always so touched by your posts. You are such an amazing writer, mother and wife. Robb truly was one lucky man. I am honored that you shared this recipe, and cannot wait to serve it to my family. I will be sure to tell them all about Robb and give him full credit for the dish...at least the first 3 times. :) Praying for you and your boys always.

Stephanie said...

Can't wait to give it a shot!

Claire said...

I'm gonna try it, Tricia. And to Robb--I know you are checking in--consider yourself credited :)

Catherine said...

My love's FAVORITE meal in all the world is beef stroganoff. I actually made it for him just two nights ago. The next time I make it (he requests it at least once a month), I will be using Robb's recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!

Robin said...

Can't wait to try it... and announce "it's Robb's recipe." :o)

Jenny Rebecca said...

I would love to make Robb's Beef Stroganoff. Can you post as to whether the crock pot should be on low or high and for how long? It sounds delicious.

Keeping you all in my prayers.

Cristi said...

Sounds great. May have to try that this weekend.

Ally said...

Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. Your writing is beautiful as is your faith.