Sour Cream Beef Casserole Aka Oven-Baked Stroganoff
Category: Main Dishes | Blog URL: http://hungry-kittens.blogspot.com/2010/02/sour-cream-beef-casserole-aka-oven.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Cora Chen
My neighbor recently acquired a Le Crueset round French Oven from his grandmother. After the initial euphoria at receiving this coveted piece, he grew wary at the notion that perhaps the said grandmother would be disappointed by his use. Determined to prove himself wrong, he set about making a beef creation that turned out so amazing that it was labeled 'the tastiest thing I ever made'. I didn't want to sound too skeptical since I benefit from his cooking all the time and the last thing a sensible person does is bites the hand that feeds them... so my reply was simply 'best is a big call'.
The prompt response to that was 'I'll prove it to you'.
So there it happened.
I didn't know what to call this dish but it's a bit like a beef stroganoff without mushrooms. Also, rather that being cooked on the stove, the meat is sealed off and everything is finished in the oven. A French oven is basically a casserole dish so you could substitute with that. This dish is in effect, a beef and veggie casserole with strog-inspired flavors.
True to his claims, this was a delicious creation. You know when someone states that anything is the 'best of', you automatically get skeptical. The usual sequence of events is that your subconscious expectations rise so high that you'll almost get disappointed by default. As we figured out once (whilst discussing this very topic), it's highly, highly difficult for a human food product to match something your mind fabricates.
That aside, I was loving this dish after one bite. The sour cream really pulls everything together and makes the sauce thick and creamy with a slight tang but not at all heavy or cloying.