Recipe share: Family fave Beef Stroganoff

Recipe share: Family fave Beef Stroganoff

Recipe share: Family Fave – Beef Stroganoff

I haven’t done a recipe share for a while so thought I would post one for a bit of #foodinspo. There is nothing like a tasty quick easy meal to give you a bit of a boost in the evenings. Especially when even though it’s technically summer time here in Edinburgh the temp (was 8 degrees on my car dashboard) says otherwise. One of the things I love about the recipe is that it is a tasty, saucy recipe! I love a bit of sauce/gravy and since this can be served with rice it’s definitely my sort of recipe.

This one is by the fab Gail (aka MumForce) who shares one of her fave recipe’s – Beef Stroganoff.

Why do you/your family like this recipe?

It’s a very simple dish but it’s very tasty and comforting. It can be served with a variation of sides. The husband likes it with chips but the kids and myself like it with pasta.


Cooking time (including prep)

 I would say around 30 minutes, it’s a very quick dish and we have at most weeks


  • 600g beef fillet
  • 25g butter
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 250g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 400ml beef stock
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 heaped tbsp soured cream or crème fraiche
  • squeeze of lemon (optional)
  • finely chopped parsley, to serve
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper


 Any cheat/variation on ingredients that you use?

 I often use minute steak as its much cheaper but still a good tender steak that can be trimmed. I also like to use half fat crème fraiche to keep the fat level down.

The onions are frozen, pre chopped ones that save me so much time and money when batch cooking or making a quick meal for the family. I also have to cut the mushrooms extra small for the kids, if they ask they are bits of meat…..


  • First prepare the beef fillet. Cut it into slices ½–1 cm thick, then slice these into strips about 1cm wide. Season the meat with salt and pepper and set it aside for a few minutes.
  • Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes, then add the mushrooms and continue to cook until both are soft. Stir the mustard into the pan, coating the onion and mushrooms thoroughly – we find it easier to add the mustard at this stage than to mix it into the stock. Pour the stock into the pan, then leave it to simmer until the liquid has reduced by about half. Stir in the crème fraiche and set the pan aside for a few minutes.
  • In another large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil. When it’s smoking hot, add the strips of beef. Fry, stirring continuously, until the meat is browned on all sides. This should take about a minute at the most. If you want to flambé the beef, put the brandy in a ladle and carefully heat it over a flame. When the alcohol starts to burn off (you will see the fumes), tip it very gently towards the flame and it will ignite. Immediately pour this over the beef and give it a quick stir. Stand well back when doing this and be very careful.
  • Reheat the onion and mushroom sauce, then add the beef. Check the seasoning and add more salt and pepper to taste. If you find the sauce too rich, add a squeeze of lemon. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

I’ve made this. It’s absolutely delicious! I didn’t use brandy (as we didn’t have any!) but the final dish was yummy all the same.



A bit about Gail…

I am Gail aka MumForce.

New to the blogging thing but not so much to the mum thing. I have two very hungry children who take after my VERY hungry husband. They keep me very busy with the constant want of meals and snacks! I am an extreme budgeter when it comes to food shop, thanks to being a poor student many years ago but still wanting to eat well, I even had fellow students ask for my wisdom! Ha!

I enjoy cooking from fresh and feel we save a lot of money this way. Shop smart, fresh and look at the lower shelves. Most supermarkets have the big brands make their own branded food…

I also write a family blog – and I am very active on my instagram @mumforce. I love vlogging about the simple and pretty boring life I lead but hey I am happy. I post twice a week on my blog, trying to be positive but sometime you just need a rant. I love to hear from people and will interact with my growing followers.

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