It's Cold and I'm Hungry: a Recurring Theme

Is it me or did it become January overnight? Here's how I'm beating the cold...

Warm me up with Beef Stroganoff:

Ingredients:  Serves 4

3/4    pound beef tenderloin (about 2 fillets), cut into 1/2-inch long, 1/8-inch wide strips
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil     
12     ounces white button mushrooms, wiped clean and cut into uniform pieces  
1/2    cup beef broth     
1       tablespoon unsalted butter    
1       small onion , minced (1/2 cup)
1       teaspoon tomato paste 
1 1/2 teaspoons dark brown sugar    
1       tablespoon all-purpose flour       
1/2    cup chicken broth  
1/2    cup dry white wine    
1/3    cup sour cream, warmed to prevent curdling when added to the hot liquid
8       ounces egg noodles , cooked in salted water, drained, and tossed with 2 tablespoons butter     
         kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in heavy-bottomed 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering, but not smoking, about 2 minutes; swirl to coat pan. Add mushrooms and cook over high heat without stirring for 30 seconds; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are lightly browned, about 4 minutes longer. Transfer to medium bowl.

2. Return skillet to high heat, add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat pan. Place tenderloin strips in skillet. Using tongs, spread the meat into single layer, making sure that strips do not touch, and cook without turning until well-browned on first side, 2 minutes. Turn strips and cook on second side until well-browned, about 1 minute longer. Season with salt and pepper to taste and transfer to bowl with mushrooms.

3. Add beef broth to skillet, scraping up browned bits on pan bottom with wooden spoon; simmer until broth is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer broth to bowl with mushrooms and beef, scraping skillet clean with rubber spatula.

4. Return skillet to medium-low heat and add butter; when butter foams, add onion, tomato paste, and brown sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is lightly browned and softened, about 6 minutes; stir in flour until incorporated. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and wine; increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil, whisking occasionally, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Whisk liquid from mushrooms and beef into sauce and simmer to incorporate. Stir about 1/2 cup of hot sauce into sour cream, then stir mixture back into sauce. Add mushrooms and beef; heat to warm through, about 1 minute. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper and serve over buttered egg noodles.

Here's a fancier version of Beef Stroganoff I'm dying to try from Tyler's Ultimate. I particularly like the use of short ribs instead of fillet...as well as the kick of dijon in the sour cream.


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