The Family Cookbook
Culinary Heirlooms
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by Doug Anderson
Reprinted from Bulletin 061, September 21, 2003
        I'm back and eager to educate. This week we have a fine offering from Cousin Diana, whose speciality seems to be food that is easy but delicious! Just perfect for our "on the go" set of shakers and movers in this family.  She calls her recipe "Poor man's Stroganoff," but I prefer:

Diana's Simply Scrumptious Stroganoff

Ground beef..................................1-1/2#   (I like using an 80/20 blend, as it isn't as greasy, and usually doesn't require draining before adding other ingredients.
Salt, pepper, garlic powder or minced, and thyme.....again, to taste.
Tomato paste..............................about 1-1/2 tablespoon
Gravy mix (packets)....................1 or two as needed to thicken
(that should read Beef gravy mix).
Some onion, finely diced, a very small amount or to taste......
Sour Cream for adding to the mixture and a dollop on top of each serving.
Kluski noodles...........I prefer the Creamette brand.

In a large fry pan, brown the hamburger, spices and onion.
Add the tomato paste, with just a bit of water to help keep it from burning. Stir well.
Sprinkle gravy mix evenly over meat mixture and add approximately 1-1/2 to 2 cups of water, turn on low to medium heat, depending on your stove, stir while mixture thickens.
Add enough sour cream to make creamy. Too much will make mixture too thin, and also make mixture an ugly grey color!
Heat thoroughly, and slowly, while cooking off the Kluski.
(Just follow package directions on Kluski bag.)
Serve as you would spaghetti, with a dollop of sour cream on top. 

        Diana adds:  "This is a great cold weather dish, and very, very filling! I always have enough left over to freeze for another meal., for just the two of us." Who wouldn't want to plow into some Stroganoff on a cold, wintery day? Thanks again, Diana for another fine recipe that is easy but still satisfying! See you next time!

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