I do love a stroganoff but I don't often have cream in the fridge when the desire takes me, so I compromise with another ingredient. For me, it doesn't sacrifice the taste; it may be less creamy but still a delicious variation of this Russian dish and probably with less calories.
2 tbsp of ground peppercorns
1 tsp of ground paprika (I use "pimenton picante" chilli pepper powder)
400 g of meat (for this meal, I used turkey)
50 g of butter
loads of extra virgin olive oil (or oil of your choosing)
1 large onion sliced
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
150 g chopped mushrooms
250 g chopped peppers
200 ml of unsweetened soy milk (or other type of milk available)
4 tbsp or more of brandy
1 Place the ground peppercorns and paprika on a plate.
2 Mix together and add meat. Coat the meat evenly with mixture. Add more if desired. Set aside.
3 In a large frying pan or wok, heat half of the butter with a little oil. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened. Then add garlic and cook until aromas appear.
4 Remove from wok and place in a pan on a low heat (with oil) to stay warm.
5 Stir fry the mushrooms and peppers.
6 Remove from wok and place in the same pan as onions to keep warm.
7 Heat the remaining butter with some oil and cook the meat as desired. Add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Add brandy and cook for a few minutes.
If you are serving with rice - put the rice on now (based on 15 minute cooking time). TIP: rinse the rice thoroughly in a sieve before you boil it. This eliminates the need to rinse after. For this recipe, I also added some dried rosemary to the rice before cooking.
8 Gradually add the milk to the wok by stirring with a wooden spoon. Do not boil - simmer on a low heat.
9 Add the rest of the ingredients to the wok and simmer until everything is warm.
10 Serve your tasty stroganoff with rosemary rice and a nice glass of wine.
May be served with pasta too.
Garnish with herbs of your choice or paprika.
All quantities may be adjusted to suit personal tastes.
This recipe will make about 4 portions.
I hope you enjoy this alternative stroganoff. I did on Saturday night!