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Beef Stoganoff on Barley

One of our fairly regular meals is Stroganoff, usually beef but sometime chicken. This version is a little more elaborate than the usual fair, but worth the extra ingredients.


h2. Ingredients.

h3. The Barley

* 1 cup of pearl barley
* 3.25 cups of water
* 1 teaspoon of salt
* some freshly ground nutmeg
* cracked black pepper to taste

h3. The Stroganoff

* 500g of Rump steak
* 1 rasher of bacon
* 1 onion
* 4 cloves of garlic
* 6 to 10 mushrooms (depending on size)
* salt and pepper
* a quantity of red wine (Shiraz or other bold red)
* 250 ml of sour cream

h2. Method.

h3. To cook the Barley…

Place the water and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. \
Add the barley, nutmeg and pepper.
Reduce to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook for about 30 minutes. The barley is done when it is plump and soft.
Drain off any excess liquid before serving.

h3. While that’s cooking, prepare the Stroganoff…

Trim the fat from the rump steak and slice the meat very thinly, across the grain.
Dice the onions finely, and sauté in a little olive oil in a large fry pan (I use an ancient Sunbeam electric fry pan that was my Grandmother’s). Add the meat, very finely chopped (or crushed) garlic and sliced mushrooms. Once the meat is just browned, add the wine and and simmer until reduced by half.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
A couple of minutes before serving, add the sour cream and stir through.

Serve on a bed of barley.

h3. Notes.

You can leave out the wine, and bacon, and use a little extra cream for a standard white stroganoff. Alternatively you can use chicken, with the bacon and a tablespoon of tomato paste, substituting a splash of balsamic vinegar for the wine, for a pink chicken stroganoff.
May be served on pasta, rice, barley or just with bread.

posted to Australian,Recipes @ 8:00 pm

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  • At 9:07 pm on 22 July, 2006, David Russell commented:

    This recipe is beautiful but i had it with spiral pasta and i think next time i will have it with a creamy mash potato with garlic and parsley.

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