Beef Stroganoff (Not?)

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Way  back when I prepared my first “Beef Stroganoff“, in the early 60’s at Hotel Wiedenfelsen” in the Black Forrest of Germany, “Beef Stroganoff” (Filet Goulasch Stroganoff) was a very popular dish, always made with tenderloin and served with Pommes Frites, Pommes Alumettes or Spätzle.
At the time and in the area, stroganoff always contained the following:
Beef tenderloin-lardons, juliennes of bell peppers, julienne of pickles, julienne of tomatoes, julienne of onions, mustard, glace de viande, heavy cream and sour cream.
After preparing and serving this version of “Beef Stroganoff” for many years around the globe, I found out that the “original ?” Beef Stroganoff only contained salt and pepper seasoned beef cubes, sour cream and mustard. I then started to serve stroganoff in this way a few times in different restaurants,but the reaction was never as favorable as the version I learned and served as an apprentice so many years earlier. Having learned my lesson (Original is always original, but original is not always Best ), I have again served my own version ever since, always to favorable comments and reviews. Therefore, in my opinion, if it looks better and tastes better, go ahead and serve it better.
However, if the total character of the dish changes, (not the case here), you might want to change the name of the dish as well 🙂
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So, defenders of the originals – we know by now that this is NOT the original version of “Beef Stroganoff” ( who knows the original version anyway ?), but it is a great, and in my opinion improved, version of “Beef Stroganoff“, as served with numerous variations in many fine restaurants around the world and in many food-lovers homes.
Just eat up – those little tomatoes and peppers will not hurt you, I promise ! 🙂
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Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

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Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

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Preparation :
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5 comments

    1. I have always done it with egg noodles and julienne of pickle and mushrooms with mustard, glace de viande and sour cream. I generally use strip-loin instead of tenderloin as I like the taste and texture more.

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