What to have for dinner tonight…. Do you ever have one of those days when nothing really seems inspiring for dinner? Today’s one of those days for me. I finally decided that I haven’t had stroganoff in a very long time and it does sound good. Jack doesn’t like mushrooms and I don’t have any on hand anyway, but I do have most of the rest of what I would need to cook it, so we’ll have mushroom-less stroganoff for dinner.
I had some thinly sliced beef in the freezer, so I took out three pieces (probably about 3/4 lb.) and cut it into pieces that are bite sized. Even though the meat was still frozen, it wasn’t hard to cut since it was thin. Once I got it into small pieces, I put it into the crock pot. I like onion, so I chopped one medium onion and dumped that on top of the meat. Then, I added 7-8 cups of water with about 3 tablespoons of beef bouillon. I also used about one large teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and a 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. I don’t add any extra salt since the bouillon is salty. If you use reduced sodium bouillon, you might want to add salt to taste. Everything got a good stirring, the lid went onto the crockpot, and (as I always do since it cooks faster and at a lower temperature) I covered the lid with a clean dish towel that was folded in half. The crock pot was set to high for about the first hour, then turned down to low.
I like to clean as I go so I don’t have a sink full ofdirty dishes to take care of when dinner is done. Also, I just feel better about being in the kitchen when it’s not messy. After taking care of the dishes I had used, I noticed that the stove, my tea pot, and the toaster were really dirty and had splatters on them. I’m not sure how that happened since we haven’t been home much, but they were pretty messy.
Jack introduced me to these disposable cleaning towels that he found at Ace Hardware. They smell good and do an amazing job with grease and other kitchen messes on counters and appliances. They’re also supposed to environmentally friendly, which is very good. Tub O’ Towels are sturdy, clean things quickly, and leave everything sparkling when I use them, plus, they don’t leave streaks on my appliances like many other cleaners do.
|Look how clean & shiny!|
About an hour before you’re ready to eat, turn the crock pot up to high. Mix 3/4 cup flour with one cup water and whisk it until well blended with no lumps (use a strainer if you can’t get the lumps out). Pour the mixture into the crock pot and mix well. Cover and cook until it thickens, about one hour.
Add 1 1/2 cups sour cream (more or less, again, depending on your taste) to the crock pot just before serving. At this point, you can either serve the sauce and meat over the noodles or mix the noodles in to the crock pot. I prefer to mix it in so the noodles are all coated with the sauce. I just think it tastes better.
3/4-1 lb beef, cut into bite sized pieces
7 cups water
3 Tablespoons beef bouillon
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground pepper
3/4 cup flour
1 cup water
1 – 1 1/2 cups sour cream
16 oz pasta (your choice)
Put meat, onion, bouillion, pepper, and 7 cups water in crock pot. Cover crock pot with glass lid and a dish towel that’s been folded in half. Cook on high for one hour, then reduce to low and cook at least 3-4 hours. About one hour before your ready to eat, whisk 3/4 cup flour into one cup of water. Pour into crock pot while stirring to combine. Cover again and cook another hour on high. Just before serving, add sour cream to the crock pot and mix well. Either serve over pasta (prepared according to directions on package) or mix pasta into the crock pot. Enjoy!