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5 easy beef stroganoff recipes that are better than Hunger Games lamb stew

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What you'll find out about homemade beef stroganoff in this article:

  • Beef stroganoff history
  • 5 beef stroganoff recipes, including some for gluten-free, vegan, prime rib, ground beef and even lamb variations
  • How to make beef stroganoff
  • Ways beef stroganoff can help you eat up your extras, including what to do with prime rib leftovers in case you're tired of eating French dips
  • Some suggestions for what goes with beef stroganoff
  • The tie between food, history and culture, including how food is portrayed in fairy tales, books like The Hunger Games and The Hobbit
  • And some helpful references for you, not only from the food world, but also the worlds of books and culture.

And if you're in a hurry and just need some recipes for this tasty beef dish, just go to the table of contents for the slides. It's below. You'll find your way to your favorite recipe faster than if you had followed the proverbial bread crumb trail!

Table of Contents for the Slides:

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  1. Intro to the History of Beef Stroganoff
  2. How Food Reflects Culture
  3. The 5 Homemade Beef Stroganoff Recipes With Prime Rib (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Hamburger, Lamb variations)
  4. Side Dishes for Beef Stroganoff
  5. References to Help You

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Beef stroganoff is a dish consisting of strips of lean beef sauteed and served in a sour-cream sauce with onions and mushrooms. The recipe, which is of Russian origin, has been known since the eighteenth century, but its name appears to come from County Paul Stroganoff, a nineteeth-century Russian diplomat. Legend has it that when he was stationed in deepest Siberia, his chef discovered that the beef was frozen so solid that it could only be coped with by cutting it into very thin strips. The first English cookery book to include it seems to have been Ambrose Heath's Good Food (1932).
---An A-Z of Food & Drink, John Ayto [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 2002 (p. 326-7)

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Intro to the History of Beef Stroganoff
Intro to the History of Beef Stroganoff Hunger Games Cookbook

Intro to the History of Beef Stroganoff

The original and classic beef stroganoff recipe is not your standard Jamie Oliver beef stroganoff. No sir! The history of beef stroganoff tells us that the dish is Russian in origin. Stroganoff with mushrooms. Nope! With onions? Can't say, exactly! With Brandy? Uh uh. How about with spinach. What do you think?

At least tell me that traditional dish included sour cream. Yes, it did along with a beef stroganoff sauce recipe made from mustard and bouillon. 

Since its beginnings in the mid-1800s, it has been one of the most popular food recipes around. And like most popular dishes, it has changed as food culture has changed and as the recipe for it traveled from country to country.

The reality of the matter is, culture and geography affect and often determine the foods we eat. In fact, if you think about it, one of the ways that culture and geography is conveyed in literature and fairy tales is through the foods that the characters eat. Food permeates our memories.

Really. Think about food in the Capitol in The Hunger Games versus food in District 12. When Katniss got her lamb stew with dried plums, it probably reminded her of home -- something she desperately needed facing the games.

In fact, food played such a prominent role in Suzanne's Collins's series that the menu ideas for the The Hunger Games Cookbook mostly came straight from the pages of the novels.

So what does all this have to do with a simple beef stroganoff recipe? Just this. Very often, we appreciate the foods that we eat a little more if we know something about them. And through the history of our food as well as through books like The Hunger Games and The Hobbit, we see how our favorite foods become a part of our culture, history and literature, making them delish on every level.

How Food Reflects Culture
How Food Reflects Culture Grimms fairy tales, Canva

How Food Reflects Culture

Cookbooks aren't the only great books about food. Food references in literature not only feature popular food recipes like lamb stew (or in this case, lamb stroganoff), they also fill the pages of our favorite stories with rich and savory symbolism.

When I was coming up with the ideas for my own book, I drew my inspiration from the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. While hopefully, it'll join the ranks of some really great retold fairy tales like Cinder (based on Cinderella) or The Scarecrow King (based on King Thrushbeard), I think I can only realistically hope that the connections that I made between food and culture have given me an even great appreciation for where our food comes from and what's in it.

For those of you who also love famous food scenes in literature, I recommend the following books:

  • The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  • Contaminated by Em Gardner
  • The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Grimms Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm
The 5 Homemade Beef Stroganoff Recipes With Prime Rib (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Hamburger, Lamb variations)
The 5 Homemade Beef Stroganoff Recipes With Prime Rib (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Hamburger, Lamb variations) Wikipedia, canva

The 5 Homemade Beef Stroganoff Recipes With Prime Rib (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Hamburger, Lamb variations)

So here's what Wikipedia says about the original beef stroganoff recipe:
 

Beef Stroganoff or Beef Stroganov (in Russian: Бефстроганов Befstróganov) is a Russian dish of sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce with smetana (sour cream). From its origins in mid-19th-century Russia, it has become popular around the world, with considerable variation from the original recipe.

Given that, the ingredients for beef stroganoff can vary. However, the following recipes for this famous dish will show you not only how to cook beef stroganoff, but give you some suggestions for making gluten-free and vegan recipes. Also, considering the proliferation of ground beef and an even greater abundance of prime rib leftovers starting this time of year, I've also pulled some recipes for those as well. Finally, I've included a lamb stroganoff to honor our favorite girl from District 12. It's a crockpot stroganoff for those of you who want a really easy way to enjoy this dish!

Beef Stroganoff With Prime Rib and Egg Noodles: This shows you what to do if you need to add to your leftover prime rib recipe ideas. You may never ask yourself again what to make with your prime rib leftovers after you try this dish!

Gluten-Free Beef Stroganoff Recipe with Rice or Baked Potatoes: Not being able to eat noodles doesn't have to be a hardship with this gluten-free recipe for stroganoff.

Simple Vegan Stroganoff Recipe with Portobello Mushrooms: For those of us who are trying to incorporate more vegetables and less meat in our diet, this mushroom beef stroganoff recipe is to die for!

Emeril Lasgasse's Beef Stroganoff Recipe with Ground Beef in a Skillet: When you think of a quick and simple beef stroganoff recipe, you'll probably think of hamburger. Get the low-down on how to make this famous recipe from Emeril himself.

Slow Cooker Lamb Stroganoff Recipe: A recipe that even the Mockingjay would love!

Side Dishes for Beef Stroganoff
Side Dishes for Beef Stroganoff Wikipedia

Side Dishes for Beef Stroganoff

f you don't know what to serve with beef stroganoff, try the following recipes. They're great on their own and as side dishes!

If it's in season, you can't go wrong with asparagus as a side dish.

Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Cheese

Steamed Asparagus with Lemon

A Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad
 

References to Help You
References to Help You Buffy Naillon

References to Help You

Read more about….food in fairy tales and literature as well as look up great vegan substitutes for the foods you eat everyday!

Food in Literature/ PBS

The Brothers Grimms Original Fairy Tales Offer Up a Grimm Menu

Vegan/ Vegetarian Substitutions for the Food You Eat

Food in Culture, Society and History

How Culture Affects Diet/ LiveStrong

The Archaeology of Food

 

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