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Russian Beef Stroganoff


1 kg beef fillet (I’ve used cheaper cuts such as chuck steak or skirt steak)

2 oz butter (can substitute other oils)

1 can tomatoes (diced)

2 tablespoons tomato puree

300 gms mushrooms

¼ pint light sour cream

½ onion roughly chopped (I’ve used up to 2 large onions for flavor)

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

paprika to taste


Preparation time about 20 minutes, cooking time about 30 minutes


Serves 4 with a green salad, rice or brown bread


  1. Slice beef into thin strips. Dissolve bicarbonate of soda in about 2 table spoons of soy sauce (or hot water), work it into the meat with a little salt + black pepper. Leave aside for 30 minutes while you cook rice and make the salad.


  1. Heat large frying pan, add butter, fry onions till it slightly browns, then add meat until it turns colour.


  1. Add 1 tsp paprika. Stir


  1. Stir tomato puree, can of tomatoes, let it cook gently for 10 minutes


  1. Add sliced mushroom. Cook for 5 minutes.


  1. Stir in sour cream add salt and pepper.