Beef Stroganoff
  • Olive oil
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 500g beef fillet steak, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 300g mushrooms, thickly sliced*
  • 125ml whiskey
  • 3 gherkins, finely chopped
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • 300ml light sour cream
  • *Jamie suggests using oyster, chestnut or chanterelle mushrooms. I just used field mushrooms as that was all I had.
  1. Heat a wide, heavy-based frypan over medium-high heat, then add a splash of olive oil and half the butter.
  2. Season the beef well with salt and pepper, then working in small batches, briskly fry the beef for 1-2 minutes to brown all over. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  3. Melt the remaining butter in the pan, reduce the head to medium-low and cook onion and garlic gently for 5-7 minutes till soft. Add mushrooms and cook for 1 minute. Add whiskey with cooking juices from the rested beef.
  4. Bring to the boil and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the gherkins, paprika and sour cream, and reduce the sauce slightly over medium-high heat for 7 minutes, then stir in beef and warm for 1 minute. Season, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve.
  5. Pasta or rice to serve.
I'd never had beef strog before, but after seeing the tantalizing photos from a Jamie Oliver recipe, I just had to give it a try!