Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Budget Friendly Beef Stroganoff

Last night I was finally able to make a delicious pot of Beef Stoganoff. I previously tried it before with some fancy recipe and failed miserably. I looked online and found something from Paula Deen but was out of some of the things she called for. I tend to be great at improvising in the kitchen so last night I changed things around and made the best beef stroganoff that I've ever had.

1 package of egg noodles (I like the NoYoke brand)
6 decent sized cubed steaks cut into 2x1" pieces
1 onion
3 tablespoons olive oil (plus more if needed to cook the steak)
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons beef granules (these are like beef boullion)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/8 teaspoon ground rosemary
1/2 teaspoon season salt plus extra to liberally season the cubed steak
1/4 cup sour cream (eyeball this and add more if you like a stronger flavor)

  1. Liberally season the cubed steak front and back with the season salt. Dredge in the flour.
  2. Cut onion in half. Thinly slice onion.
  3. Heat the oil and butter in a pan. When it's hot, add pieces of the steak. Brown on both sides. You are not going to get the steak all the way cooked at this time. When it's browned on both sides, remove from the pan. Repeat until all of the steak is cooked. Add more oil if necessary.
  4. Add thinly sliced onions to the pan. Sprinkle onion with salt and pepper. Stir until onion is translucent.
  5. Add 4 tablespoons of flour to the pan and stir it into the onions. Let cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Slowly start adding the water. Stir to break up the onion/flour mixture. Sauce will begin to thicken. Add beef granules, milk, cayenne, rosemary and season salt. Add additional salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Add cubed steak back to the pan. Do not add the drippings that came off the steak.
  8. Simmer the meat in the sauce over medium heat. Add water if needed to thin the sauce and stir periodically.
  9. Begin the noodles at this time. Do not cook the noodles longer than called for on the package.
  10. The noodles and the steak should be done at the same time. Place noodles in serving bowl and pull out steak pieces and place on top.
  11. Add sour cream to sauce and stir until it's incorporated. Taste again to make sure it's well seasoned and that you like the amount of sour cream.
  12. Pour sauce over the noodles and steak.
  13. Stir it all together and serve.
You can add mushrooms to this if you like. I'm allergic to them so we just leave them out.


Gloria said...

Sounds delicious! Thx for sharing. May God continue to watch over and bless you and your family.

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Elizabeth said...

Thank you! I will be making your recipe tonight! Blessings all over you womanhood!

S said...

I looked up ways to cook cube steak and found your site. I had all the ingredients, so I tried it. My son's dad (my ex) was hanging out at our house, and both he and my husband, agreed it was delicious. My husband even said it was probably the best thing I've ever cooked. Thanks!

SRG said...

I too was looking online for a recipe for cubed steak. I came accross this and it turned out wonderful. I had fresh mushrooms so I added with the onions and used skim milk instead of evap. milk. (gotta cut back somewhere). I'm glad I will be able to enjoy leftovers another meal this week.

Debra G. said...

I'm glad that you enjoyed it! I haven't made this in a while, but now that you've commented, it's got me wanting some!

Workin said...

I do not tend to like cube steak. My wife found some on sale and we gotta do what we gotta do right? I followed the directions to the T and this dish turned out absolutely wonderful. In fact I will be making this again. Its a real budget saver and tastes great too!

Bonnie said...

Soooo happy I found this. I'm tired of cooking cube steak the same way every time and I'm sure my family is also. Gonna give it a try tonight. Thanks!!

Carol said...

For all you Gluten Free people. I tried this dish and used GF Classical Blend all purpose flour. It came out incredible. I was so hungry for something like this and just had not tried anything like this before with the GF flour. Thanks for the recipe,it is wonderful...

kdickinson7813 said...

YUMMIE!!!! I just cooked this tonight for my husband an I, and we LOVED IT!!! Very good! Thank you sooo much for this recipe. :)

dawna said...

I was looking for a way to use some cube steaks I bought on sale and came across this recipe! It was very good. I didn't have the condensed milk, so I used about a cup of skim and it turned out just wonderfully. I also subbed fat free Greek yogurt for the sour cream in an attempt to lighten it up a bit. Yum!