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Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Is there a dish your family absolutely loves? For the Chastons, that family favorite dish is beef stroganoff. Often requested for special occasions, this dish is a labor of love but definitely worth it!

Though it takes a bit more preparation than other dishes, the result is always so tasty that you’re glad you put in the time! For the base of the dish, I like to use brown rice. You can also use white rice or egg noodles.

Giving of our time for family and friends is a way to show we care about them. This reminded me of the song “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” sung live by Ella Fitzgerald. In her inimitable way, Ella convinces the listener that love is giving. Even if we have nothing else to give, we can give of our time and energy to show that we love each other!

Beef Stroganoff

This family favorite recipe is a bit labor intensive, but is definitely worth it!


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds top sirloin steak
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cans beef broth
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, oregano, marjoram, basil, thyme, and pepper.
  2. Trim fat off sirloin steak then cut into bite-size pieces.
  3. Toss pieces in the flour mixture to coat each piece.
  4. Over medium heat, put 1 tablespoon olive oil in frying pan. Add just enough meat to cover the bottom of the frying pan. Brown meat. Set aside in a large bowl.
  5. Cook remaining batches of meat to brown, adding oil for each batch.
  6. Chop onion. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil to frying pan. Sauté onions over medium heat. Stir and allow onions to caramelize slightly.
  7. Put meat back in the frying pan.
  8. In a medium bowl, whisk together mushroom soup, beef broth, chicken broth, beef bouillon cube, and water.
  9. Pour soup mixture over meat in frying pan. Over low heat, simmer for an hour or until meat is tender.
  10. Remove frying pan from burner.
  11. Add sour cream. Stir with the backside of a large spoon along the bottom of the pan to incorporate sour cream into mixture.
  12. Serve over rice or egg noodles.


The flour coating on the meat will be very light. Resist the urge to add more flour, even if it appears some of the meat is barely coated. Too much flour prevents the meat from properly browning and creates a gummy coating around the meat once the other ingredients are added.

You can substitute stew meat for the top sirloin. Add another hour to the simmering time for the meat to tenderize.


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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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