Stroganoff

Serves four, maybe three if they are hungry

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb chuck steak
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium-large onion
  • 12 ounces brown italian mushrooms
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can Campbell condensed tomato soup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershier sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Arizona Gunslinger Jalapeno Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 ounces egg noodles
  • A glass of wine, such as a White Zinfandel

Chuck steak -- people tell me it is not tender, which is requires long cooking.  A piece about 3/4" thick, slice 1 1/2 -2" chucks, sliced to 1/5 - 1/4" pieces.  Toss into a bowl.

Have a sip of wine.

In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper, mix.  Sprinkle some on the beef, toss, check for pieces without flour, sprinkle in more, toss, check, continue until all nicely coated.

Have a sip of wine.

Chop the onion, fairly large pieces, place in a bowl.

Clean and slice the mushrooms, place in a bowl.

Have a sip of wine.

Put the sour cream in a bowl.  Add the tomato soup.

A tablespoon or so of Worcestershire Sauce.  Ignore that the sauce includes anchovies.

There are several hundreds of pepper sauces, I like the flavor of Arizona Gunslinger.  A good sauce has flavor, not just heat.

Mix.

Have a sip of wine.

Everything is ready to start cooking.

I use a 10" iron skillet.  High heat, add a tablespoon or two of oil, I use olive oil.  Toss the meat into the skillet, turn regularly to brown the steak.

Have a sip of wine.

 

Toss in the onions, turn regularly, until the onions are started to transparent.

Have a sip of wine.

Toss in the mushrooms.

Have a sip of wine.

As the mushrooms shrink, add some wine.  A eighth or a quarter of glass.

Refill the glass, have a sip of wine.

Watch the mushrooms shrink.  It's starting to smell good.

Add the sauce, stir, reduce to a low simmer, cover.

Let is simmer for about 90 minutes, checking it every 5-10 minutes to make sure the bottom is not sticking.

About 10 minutes before the end boil the noodles, drain.

Noodles on the plate, add the sauce, enjoy!