That's until I found the perfect recipe of all places, youtube.com The recipe is from a French chef, Jean Pierre. The video is really funny, with his accent and all. Anyhow, the recipe was a good one. I know, the traditionalist will disapprove of the tomato puree addition into the stroganoff. You just have to trust me on this one. I shared the recipe with my friend, Angela and her family absolutely loves it. The recipe has been adjusted to suit my family's palate. If you would like to refer to the original recipe, click here
(Adapted from Chef Jean Pierre)
2 lb beef, either chuck roast or london broil, cut into cubes
2 Tbsp canola or olive oil
1 large onion, diced
10 oz white button mushrooms, sliced thick or quartered
1/4 cup flour
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup tomato puree
1 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup chardonnay or any white wine you prefer
3 cup beef stock
salt & pepper
1/3 cup sour cream
A small handful of fresh parsley, chopped
Step 1: Prepare all the ingredients. Cut steak into cubes and season well with salt and pepper.
Step 2: In a pot, heat 2 Tbsp of oil over high heat. Brown meat in batches. Do not overcrowd. You want the meat to sear and develop a nice crust. Dish out and set aside.
Step 3: In the same pot over medium heat, saute onion till soft.
Step 4: Add in the mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. The salt will help to draw the moisture out of the mushrooms.
Step 5: Sprinkle in the flour over the mushrooms. Add in the garlic. Stir till flour is combined with the mushrooms.