This Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe from the Food Network Kitchen is healthy, tasty and sure to become a family favorite!
Beef Stroganoff is a dish enjoyed across the world! Typically quite heavy, beef stroganoff features pieces of beef and mushrooms in a delicious creamy sauce, served over noodles.
This Skillet Ground Beef Stroganoff offers a lighter version by featuring lean ground beef, less fat cream cheese and reduced-fat sour cream.
Beef stroganoff originates in Russia from the mid-19th century, but was interestingly cooked by a French chef who served the wealthy St. Petersburg family. This dish was entered into a cooking competition and won; as an act of kindness towards his employer, the French chef named the dish after Alexandrovich Stroganov.
After becoming a hit in Russia, stroganoff then become very popular in Shanghai, China. It finally made its way across to the United States but did not become a well-known household dish until after the second war.
If you wish to make this the traditional way and include chunks of beef as opposed to lean ground beef, the best cuts to use are top sirloin, ribeye, beef tenderloin or filet mignon tips.
To ensure they are beautifully tenderized prior to cooking, marinate them overnight in the fridge. You can then follow the rest of the recipe below and sear them first, remove them from the heat and then return them later to braise.
Want to make your stroganoff even healthier?
While this recipe already lightens up the traditional dish, you could go the extra mile to make it even healthier!
Instead of serving over noodles, why not consider some spirallized veggies? Butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots and zucchini all make excellent choices when it comes to making a side that resembles pasta.
If you just can’t live without pasta, try to find wholewheat options or pastas that have a vegetable base. You could also opt for natural yogurt in place of the sour cream and make use of light extra virgin olive oil to reduce your overall calorie intake.
If you are not counting calories and want to make this an indulgent meal, feel free to swap the penne pasta for egg noodles, rice or even homemade mashed potatoes! You could also try splitting a loaf and using the stroganoff to create a wonderful sandwich!