This beef stroganoff recipe is one that is found in his 15 Minute Meals Cookbook and show. I think its brilliant and absolutely delicious, and quick to prepare. Since we get frozen beef , I like to cut the tenderloin pieces to thin slices, bash them up and then cut into strips, this way it cooks faster and I wont have to worry about undercooked beef ( I have read Robin Cook's Toxin and like to make sure my beef is cooked through, esp when I dont know where and how the poor cow has been raised).
Anyway , I served this with basmathi rice. Since I didn't have any spinach I used frozen peas as a green , sometimes it would be brocolli .I didn't have gerkins so I made a little onion mixture of onions, and lime juice.
Recipe : Beef Stroganoff, recipe adapted from Beef Stroganoff and rice recipe from Jamie Oliver's 15 minute meals.
350g beef tenderloin
6-8 button mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, finely sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp chilli flakes ( I have to have chilli kick)
1 1/2 tsp smoked or sweet paprika ( do not substitute with chilli powder they are two entirely different tastes)
pinch ground black pepper
juice of 1 lime
4 tbsp plain yogurt
about 1/3 cup milk
olive oil about 4 tbsp
To serve basmathi rice cooked with 1/3 frozen green peas.
Place onions in a bowl, add a pinch salt and juice of 1 lime and squish the onions with your fingers so the onions go soft and release their juices, set a side.
Remove any sinew and tough fat bits from the tenderloin. Cut into 1/2 inch slices, place under a sheet of cling film. Using the back of a heavy frying pan or meat mallet bash them up to flatten slightly. Remove cling film and cut each piece into strips, not too thin strips though. Season with salt and the said amount of paprika.Set a side.
Heat a large deep frying pan, add 2 tbsp olive oil, and garlic, then add the mushrooms, toss and saute the mushrooms till they go soft. Add the onion mixture and toss a few times and remove.
Heat the pan again , if there is no more oil add the extra two tablespoons, add the beef strips and cook on high heat, stir fry very quickly, this takes just 5 minutes . Don't be tempted to add water or anything liquid.
Return the mushroom mixture and toss to mix well. Stir in yogurt, and milk, bring heat down to medium and stir . Taste add salt and pepper. Dont over cook or the yogurt will curdle and don't add water . It happened to me you see, ended up a runny mixture not lovely glossy gravy.
Cook for a further 1 minute and switch off, Serve with rice and peas or whatever greens you have at hand. Enjoy!
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Note : Its not easy getting Paprika in Maldives I get my supply everytime I go abroad, but I ran out of paprika, so I made a spice rub of tiny bit of dried red chilli powder, and 1 tsp ground black pepper. Yes its not beef stroganoff taste but it still tasted delicious.