Beef Stroganoff – Old School

About This Recipe

This recipe is from the “old” Russian Tea Room Restaurant in NYC (before the original owner’s daughter took it over.) Authentic in flavor and preparation (no short cuts) and was always served over RICE (not noodles) at the restaurant.”

Of course, I prefer noodles

Love & Edits – Jimi


  • 4-6qt Saute Pan (preferably 6qt, this is a one-pan dish)
  • A Sharp Knife 🙂
  • A wine glass 🙂


  • 2 lbs lean boneless sirloin (trimmed of fat and gristle) or 2 lbs bottom round steaks, in one piece ( trimmed of fat and gristle)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder (or 1 Tablespoon prepared Dijon style mustard)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon minced yellow onions
  • 1/2 lb white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine (sav blanc or dry chard, rec: Coppola)
  • 1 cup sour cream, warmed


  1. Cut meat into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place between sheets of waxed paper and pound until its 1/4 inch thick (be careful not to tear meat).
  2. Cut pounded meat into 2×1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper, let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 TBS butter in a frying pan large enough to hold everything. Add sliced onion, cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Add meat to pan and cook for 3 minutes, turning meat to brown evenly.
  5. Stir in flour and mustard, and cook 1 minute more. Add 1/2 cup wine and optional tomato paste. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. In another frying pan, heat 2 TBS butter. Add minced onion and mushrooms. Cook over medium heat 2 minutes. Add 2 TBS wine and cook 2 minutes more.
  7. Add mushroom mixture to meat mixture.
  8. Check seasonings and add warmed sour cream.
  9. Over lowest possible heat, simmer for 5 minutes to heat through. Do NOT let it boil.
  10. Serve over hot rice or egg noodles ( You’re not my real dad, I do what I want! ).

[If anyone knows the original Chef’s name, please drop it for me, I like to accurately credit other people’s work]

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