Hearty & Slow-Simmered Beef Stroganoff with Mushrooms

10/24/23

(Updated 05/09/24)

Indulge in this seriously delicious from-scratch beef Stroganoff recipe, slow-simmered to perfection. Featuring tender rump steak, white button mushrooms, and a light sour cream gravy; pair with your pick of egg noodles, crusty bread, potatoes, or rice for a wholesome and homely meal.

When a comforting meal beckons, you’ll be hard pressed to beat stroganoff. This retro Russian dish, adored widely, features tender strips of meat, smothered in a rich sauce that begs to be mopped up. In a few words: it’s utterly delicious.

While stroganoff is typically prepared speedy, this version takes a more leisurely route. It’s slowly cooked, but not in a slow-cooker. Instead it uses slow-simmering as a culinary technique, where food is cooked at a low heat over time; here in a heavy-bottom pot, like a Dutch oven.

Why invest the extra time? Think the deepest of flavours (flavour you can’t short cut!) and luscious, tender meat—all within two hours of simmering. Best of all, while there is a little slicing and dicing prep, the actual hands-on cook time is minimal. Once underway, you just have to occasionally stir the pot. So, pour yourself a glass of wine (or kombucha), and let’s get cooking🍷.

From a nutritional standpoint, this dish boasts a generous portion of mushrooms (as a Registered Nutritionist, I’m unashamedly wild about vegetables). It also uses a lite sour cream—while key to stroganoff’s creamy and velvety texture, this swap helps reduce the overall saturated fat content, naturally found in beef and butter.

Gather Ingredients

  • Rump steak. A lean meat that’s usually quick-cooked over a high heat. This recipe shows how you can also cook it low-and-slow, breaking down its connective tissues, until tender.
  • Brown onions. Foundational for flavour. The onions sweetness perfectly complements the dishes richness.
  • Bay leaves. To infuse in a subtle earthy aroma. Use fresh or dried.
  • Ground paprika. To build on the dishes mild, slightly sweet, undertones.
  • Cayenne pepper. While not a traditional ingredient, this spice offers a subtle heat kick for a bit of flavour complexity. Key word here is subtle, a spicy stroganoff is not what we’re after!
  • White button mushrooms. A popular stroganoff addition. Mushrooms stretch the dish, while adding a nutritious vegetable boost.
  • Lite sour cream. A reduced-fat version of traditional sour cream, but with the same tangy, creamy qualities. You can sub in regular sour cream.

You’ll also need the basics: butter and olive for cooking; salt and pepper to season to perfection; tomato paste for background flavour and colour; and your pick of a carb-rich food to serve, whether egg noodles, pasta, rice, potatoes or crusty bread.

Your Kitchen Tools

The right cookware is a must. A thick-walled, heavy-bottomed pot will distribute heat evenly, trap in moisture and prevent burning—all necessary to make our from-scratch sauce. I used a 28cm cast iron round casserole pot.

You’ll also need measuring spoons, a chopping board or two (for the vegetables and meat), knives to slice the former, both a wooden and slotted spoon, a medium fry-pan, and whatever else you may need to prep your carb-rich side.

Let’s Make: Slow-Cooked Beef Stroganoff

As your dutch oven heats up on the stovetop, peel and slice the brown onions into half-moons.
Add olive oil and ½ the butter. Add onions and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
As onions cook, prep the steak. Trim off any excess thick and stringy fat. Slice into 1cm thick and 5cm long pieces.
After 20 minutes, add bay leaves, spices, dijon mustard, tomato paste and S&P. Mix well, then cook for a few minutes.
Add rump steak, mix together, then turn heat to high until gently sizzling. Reduce heat to a low and place the lid on.
Leave to cook for two hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Remove lid in last 15 minutes and simmer to slightly reduce.
In the last 30 minutes of cooking, slice mushrooms thickly. Cook, with the remaining butter, over a low-medium heat until softened.
Add the cooked mushrooms and sour cream to the pot. Mix well until a smooth sauce forms. Taste test and adjust seasoning, if desired.

Kitchen Tips

Here are tips and tricks to help your kitchen skills grow, while improving the outcome of this dish:

  • Test the meats tenderness. At the two-hour simmer mark, take a nibble of a large piece of meat to check if its easy to chew (ensure it’s cool first!). If not soft enough, simmer with the lid on for a smidge longer.
  • Reduce mushroom liquid. The watery liquid that’s released from cooked mushrooms is fabulous added to stroganoff, but only after reducing it to thicken and intensify its flavour. To do this, simply remove the mushrooms with a slotted spoon, then turn up the heat high for a few minutes.
  • Fish out the bay leaves before eating. They’re tough, sharp and inedible. Use this herb to impart flavour, not as a part of the dining experience🤙.

Serving & Storage

While delicious, stroganoff isn’t a standalone looker—so a sprinkling of herbs, like a pop of fresh green parsley, goes a long way.

To serve, pair with a simple grain or starchy side that won’t overshadow the flavour show. Try:

  • Egg noodles. The classic choice, ideal for soaking up the creamy sauce.
  • Oven-baked jacket potatoes. My pick! While seemingly plain, their crispy outer skin and fluffy soft inner is a divine match.
  • Buttery mashed potatoes. Creamy on creamy, what’s not to love?
  • Rice. White or brown, rice works as a versatile and neutral base.
  • Pasta. Egg noodles 2.0! Fettuccine, pappardelle or penne work well.
  • Crusty bread. What better to mop up that delectable sauce? Cue drooling.
  • Cauliflower rice or mash. For a lower-carb option.
  • Quinoa. A modern twist, though the creator of stroganoff is probably rolling in their grave at the thought.

This dish serves 4-6, 4 hungry bellies or 6 lighter eaters. Feel free to plate with extra vegetables on the side—I like brocollini here. Not only does the dish become more nutritionally balanced, but it’s a great way to stretch it🥦.

Nutrition Q&A

What are nutritional benefits of white button mushrooms? These unassuming fungi are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In particular, they’re:

  • A unique source of vitamin D. White button mushrooms can naturally produce vitamin D2 when exposed to UV rays or sunlight, much like human skin. When eaten, this can contribute to your daily vitamin D intake (1).
  • One of the richest sources of selenium within the produce aisle. Selenium is a potent antioxidant that supports immune function, and may play a role in protecting against inflammation (2).
  • Low in energy (aka calories). This makes them a good addition to stretch more energy-rich dishes – like this delicious stroganoff!

Thanks for reading. Are you after more cozy dinner ideas featuring mushrooms? Try this chicken, leek and mushroom risotto.

Slow-Simmered Beef Stroganoff with Mushrooms

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Rating:

Ingredients:  

  • 2 brown onions, medium
  • ¼ cup butter, 57 grams
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 kg blade or rump steak
  • 2 fresh or 4 dried bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp ground paprika
  • 1 Tbsp tomato concentrate
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 500 g white button mushrooms
  • 250 g lite sour cream

To serve – take your pick

  • Egg noodles
  • Oven-baked jacket potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rice, white or brown
  • Pasta, fettuccine, pappardelle or penne.
  • Crusty bread
  • Cauliflower rice or mash
  • Quinoa

To garnish (optional)

  • Finely chopped parlsey

Method:

  • Place a large, thick-walled, heavy-bottomed pot on the stovetop. Add 2 tablespoons of butter (28g) and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Heat over low-medium heat.
  • While the pot heats, peel and slice the brown onions into half-moons.
  • Once the pot is hot, add the onions and cook for twenty minutes, occasionally stirring.
  • While the onions cook, prepare the rump steak. Trim off excess fat using a sharp knife, and slice the steak into pieces approximately 1cm thick and 5cm long. Ensuring uniform size will help with even cooking within the 2-hour time frame.
  • At the twenty-minute mark, add the bay leaves, spices, Dijon mustard, tomato paste, pepper and salt. Mix and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add the rump steak, mix well, and turn the heat to high for a few minutes to raise the meat's temperature. Once it gently sizzles, reduce the heat to low and place the lid on.
  • Allow it to cook for two hours, stirring every thirty minutes. Leave it uncovered for the last 15 minutes to slightly reduce.
  • During its simmer time, prepare your sides. Egg noodles may only need a few minutes to cook, but roasted jacked potatoes will need to be started earlier.
  • In the last thirty minutes of simmering your stroganoff, slice the button mushrooms into thick slices (3-4 slices per mushroom). Cook over medium heat with the remaining butter until softened.
  • At the two-hour simmer mark, test a large piece of meat for tenderness (ensure it's cool first!). If it's not tender enough, simmer with the lid on for a bit longer until done.
  • Once cooked, remove the bay leafs and discard.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the mushrooms from fry pan and add the to the pot, along with the sour cream.
    Note: the watery liquid left behind is fabulous added to the stroganoff, but only after reducing to intensify the flavour and thicken it. To do this, once you’ve removed the mushrooms, simply turn up the heat to high for a few minutes until it thickens.
  • Mix well. Taste test and adjust salt if needed. Enjoy!

Notes:

Thank you to the most wonderful home-cook, Trudy Armitage, who inspired this recipe and has taught me so much about cooking.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hot dam – this is incredible, a beautiful dish! Well worth the time, and tastes even better the next day!