It’s Sunday. It’s sunny and warm. Frankly, I don’t feel like cooking up anything that has more than 10 ingredients or uses more than one pan. I went through the recipe box looking for something savory with ingredients that I already had in my pantry and fridge, and there it was….like a beacon of light…a card with the word ‘easy’ in the title.
I don’t know who Blanche Trimmer is, but she knows how to make comfort food. I have a couple of recipe cards handwritten by her, both smeared with droplets of cooking splatter, so they have to be good, right?
Cook the ground beef, onions and garlic until just browned.
Stir in the flour (I used a gluten-free flour, because why the hell not, right?) ground pepper and paprika. As soon as I put these ingredients in I thought, that’s it? So I reached for my handy Worcestershire sauce and dumped in a few dashes. I thought about the soup and sour cream that would be mixed in next, so… I put in a few dashes more.
I went WAAAY off chart here and tossed in a LARGE can of sliced mushrooms. Yes, I could have used fresh mushrooms, but I’m telling you, it was a verrrrrrry lazy Sunday. So, give me a break already.
Next came the can of cream of chicken. This, I don’t really understand, but I had faith in Blanche. I probably would have put in my old standby, cream of mushroom, but what Blanche wants, Blanche gets.
Mixing it all together, it looked like this:
Who doesn’t love creamed beef?
And to think, it is only going to get creamier!!!
Once the flavors have married we will bless it with 1/2 cup of sour cream. Yes, I realize that I am applying the sanctity of marriage on beef and cream, but where else will you find a happier union?
(Don’t answer that.)
Now, you can put this on rice and you can put this on wide egg noodles, but I wholeheartedly recommend that you put it on some crispy toast. It’s super delicious any which way, but any excuse I have to put one more thing on toast, I’m going to take it. Plus, if you pair it with a large salad, like I did, it really balances out the hearty creaminess of the meal.
I do remember my mom making stroganoff and putting it over a slice of toast on our plates and I remember wondering, what the heck? Here goes another one of her weird food combinations like sharp cheddar on an apple. But, seriously people, once you take one bite, it’s curtains for your skepticism. My mom proved me wrong, every single time.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 c. onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. paprika
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 small can sliced mushrooms
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 c. sour cream
- Brown meat, onion and garlic lightly in pan.
- Stir in flour, pepper and paprika.
- Add mushrooms and undiluted cream of chicken soup.
- Simmer 10 minutes or so.
- When ready to serve, stir in sour cream.
- Serve hot over steamed rice or toast.