Beef Stroganoff

I haven’t had this dish in years.  And suddenly I was in the mood for it.  But hadn’t a clue how to make it.  So I had to dig through all my recipe books.  Turns out there are many ways of making this, like many dishes, so I picked on that wasn’t too fussy.  The book I chose was “101 Pasta Recipes”  Of course I changed it.  Here is my version.

In a bowl put in some flour, salt and pepper and toss in cubed beef to coat.

Coat the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil and heat.  Add beef and brown on all sides.

Only cook until browned but not all the way through as you will finish cooking at the end.

Transfer to a small bowl and keep warm.  While the beef was browning slice up some onions and mushrooms.

Add more olive oil to the pan and saute the mushrooms and onions until softened.  Add a cup of veg broth (the recipe calls for beef broth), a tablespoon of tomato paste (I was sceptical but tried it anyway), and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to a boil.  In the meantime cook the egg noodles.  Add the beef back in and finish cooking.

Turn down the heat to a simmer and add 1 cup of sour cream.  Make sure it heats through but doesn’t boil.

Add the noodles in and serve.

It’s a wonderful hearty dish.  The only thing my husband wished for was more mushrooms so next time round I won’t be so stingy on the mushrooms!  🙂

Egg Noodles

I decided to make beef stroganoff, which I’ll post about tomorrow, but we needed egg noodles.  Since Hurricane Sandy was knocking at our door I figured it was best to make the noodles rather than head to the store.  We were on the upper reaches of the storm so we were actually ok but we weren’t sure at the time how bad it was going to be.  So I went digging through my pasta books and couldn’t find a recipe.  So I checked out allrecipes.com.

The cool bit about this site is you can adjust the serving quantities and it adjusts the recipe.  I tried 2 but it would have given me less than an egg.  So I had to bump it up to 4.  I still had to adjust the recipe on my own as it called for 1 1/4 eggs.

So to start with I got a medium size bowl and put in 1 1/3 cup of flour and made a well in the flour.  Then I added 1 3/4 tsp of olive oil, 1/4 cup + 2 tsp of milk, 1 egg beaten, and a bit of salt.

I mixed it with a fork until it was clumping together and turned it out onto the counter.

Then I kneaded it like bread until it became smooth and formed a ball.

I wrapped it in cling film and let it rest for at least 10 minutes.  Now the recipe I was following said to roll it out to 1/8-1/4 inch thick.  That’s awfully thick for pasta as it will expand when cooking.  So I used the kitchen aid and thinned it to three on their pasta roller.  This is a wet dough so when you are rolling it out make sure it is floured well so it doesn’t stick.  Once I had a sheet rolled out I used a pasta roller to cut the ribbons.

Cook in salted boiling water until al dente.  It came out well but it is different from the everyday pasta we make.  It is much more firm.