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Repugnance is Not a Good Color on You

March 4, 2010

I just dealt with the most repugnant human being. Life is too short to be that constipated. Two words, Metamucil fiber. My elders swear by it.

As I approach 30 (t-minus three years and exactly one month plus one day from today, but who’s counting?), my patience is at an all-time zero for such unpleasantries. I have two remedies for dealing with said trolls. Ignore or be nauseatingly polite and bubbly. Maybe the happiness will make like a virus and spread. One can only hope. My mom has a strategy of her own. It’s what we like to call giving them the one finger salute with your eyes. It works miracles, and one will never know why you’re heatedly glaring at him or her. Way to put the kibosh on that, Mom!   

Anyway, enough about my beef. Let’s talk about this beef of the stroganoff varietal. I’m so glad to have attempted this Russian wonder. Sour cream and beef really meld nicely together. Then, when you add the noodles, it’s like a Peter, Paul and Mary trio. Kum.ba.ya.

Beef Stroganoff

From the kitchen of my mom. She adds tarragon and zucchini to this recipe. We didn’t feel like making an extra trip to the grocery store, but if you do, I highly recommend.  

  • 10 oz. of no-yolk egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 lb. of stewing beef, sliced into ½-1 inch pieces
  • 2-3 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 large onion, chopped via quarter slices
  • ½ chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 13 oz. can of mushrooms
  • ¾ cup of beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 8 oz. container of light sour cream

In a large pot of boiling water, boil the noodles for 8-10 minutes.

Cut beef into small ½ inch cubes. Rub paprika onto beef. Coat the bottom of a large skillet in olive oil. Heat on medium-high. Add beef. Sear for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet. Add chopped onions, green pepper and the garlic. Sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté for another 3-4 minutes. Add the next four ingredients and beef. Stir. Let it simmer for another two minutes.

Scoop stroganoff onto noodles and serve.    

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