Is Beef Stroganoff German or Russian?
Stroganoff (or Stroganov) is a simple and comforting Russian dish consisting of sauteed pieces of beef served in a sour cream sauce.
When did Beef Stroganoff originate?
The commonly accepted history of Beef Stroganoff is that a French chef who worked for a wealthy St. Petersburg family created the dish for a cooking contest in 1891. Following the Russian custom of the day, he named the prize-winning dish for his employer, Count Pavel Alexandrovich Stroganov.
Why was Beef Stroganoff invented?
A popular legend says the dish was created by a French chef in the employ of the Stroganov family. As the story goes, Count Stroganov had such poor teeth he could no longer eat steak. A dish of tender bits of beef in a creamy sauce fit the bill.
Where did beef originally come from?
The wild ancestor of modern cattle, evidence points to the domestication of the aurochs in the Near East and the Indian subcontinent between 10,000 and 8,000 years ago.
What goes with Stroganoff?
Beef stroganoff is traditionally served with pasta; however, it is just as good with rice or mashed potatoes. As the dish can be very rich, try to serve something green alongside, such as steamed green beans, sautéed broccoli or a crisp salad.