Beef Stroganoff

Firstly, apologies for the lack of photos – I forgot!

This was a last-minute beef stroganoff request from my fiancé. It’s really easy to whip up though, so don’t panic.

Start by finely chopping an onion and sweating in some olive oil in a saucepan, along with three crushed cloves of garlic. When nicely softened, throw in some skirt steak or frying steak, that has been cut into bite-sized pieces and allow to brown.

Then squeeze in a good amount of tomato puree, before adding beef stock, red wine stock and some Marmite, along with some cornflour. Give the mix a good stir, put the lid on and allow to simmer at a low heat for around 15 minutes, before adding some paprika, mixed herbs, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish sauce, wholegrain mustard and English mustard. As you know by now, I’m not really one for measuring things, so just try and see how it turns out. You can always add more of an ingredient. Stir every now and then to make sure nothing catches on the bottom of the pan. Have to confess, I also added a splash of brandy.

Allow everything to simmer for around 45 minutes, then taste to see if anything is missing. Now you can add some chopped mushrooms and a small tub of soured cream, before allowing to cook for around another half an hour.

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Serve with some boiled rice and if you fancy, as I did, a little grated Parmesan cheese.

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Warm Steak Salad

So, this evening, I presented Mr Doubtful, with a warm steak salad. Now, he is not a salad man, nor is he keen to see potatoes missing from his dinner, so this was quite a challenge, but I was determined to make sure he liked this.

The salad was just a bag of leaves from the supermarket – nice and easy! I took two red onions and thinly sliced them, before putting them in a pan with a little oil and putting it on a low heat and let them start to slowly soften.

In a separate frying pan, I put some chopped up chorizo I found loitering in the fridge and let that start to cook off to release its oils, before adding the steaks – Sir’s goes in before mine, as I like mine nice and rare, where as he likes his ruined, sorry, I mean well done – although I’m slowly bringing him round to medium, which is what he had today. Let the steaks have a good cook on one side, before turning them. I go by the feel and look of meat, so I can’t give you a time. Whilst the meat is cooking, continue to give the onions the occasional stir to make sure they don’t catch.

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In a jug, make a little dressing, with a few glugs of good olive oil, a couple of teaspoons of Dijon mustard, a drizzle of honey and a squeeze sour cream – or yoghurt if you have that in the fridge instead. Add some salt and pepper and give it a taste after giving it a mix together. You can add a bit more of this or that until you are happy.

Pour a few drops over your salad leaves, before adding some chunks of cheese. We had a nice soft blue cheese and a soft goats’ cheese. The chorizo should be ready to add to the salad now too.

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Check on your steaks and if they’re done to your liking, take them out of the pan and let them rest, whilst you finish the onions. By now, they should be nice and soft, add some brown sugar and a glug of balsamic vinegar and allow to cook for another 5-10 minutes until caramelised and sticky. Add these to the salad, slice up the steaks and serve on top with some extra dressing.

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Even Mr Doubtful enjoyed this!