As a foodie, there are certain mythical ingredients that I’d love to cook with, and even more so, eat. Why haven’t I? Availability, price and wanting to make sure I’d do the ingredient justice are just some of the reasons. My top 2 are:
- Wagyu beef
If any of my dedicated readers would like to sponsor me exploring either of those items, please let me know. Other than that, I’ll have to dream.
I’ve had my share of beef (and probably enough for two other people’s shares too). So what makes Wagyu so special? A good piece of beef is a combination of the muscle tissue and the fat. The muscle gives you the substance, but the fat is where the flavor comes from. A perfectly marbled piece of beef, when properly cooked, can be as creamy as butter.
As Japan has been so insular (as far as food is concerned), the stock of cows there have developed this great interplay of meat and fat. Learn more about Wagyu here.
Easy Beef Stroganoff
This stroganoff did not use Wagyu!
Noodles, shrooms and the beef are the stars here.
A quick fry of the beef.
Onions and peppers.
All together for a great meal.
Easy Beef Stroganoff
Servings: Serves 4
12 ounces egg noodles
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced
kosher salt and black pepper
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
1 4- to 4.5-ounce can or jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 8-ounce container sour cream
2 1/2 tablespoons steak sauce
1. Cook the noodles according to the package directions.
2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the steak with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
3. In 2 batches, cook the steak until browned, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a plate.
4. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and bell pepper (if desired); cook until softened, 6 to 8 minutes.
5. Add the mushrooms and beef and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes.
6. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and steak sauce and stir the mixture into the beef and mushrooms. Serve over the noodles.