Beef Stroganoff Walter Style

Beef Stroganoff Walter Style

by Maureen on June 16, 2012

[tweetmeme]My dad died many years ago but starting the week before Father’s Day I tend to become a bit melancholy and I miss him.  Not sad so much as it’s been a long time but savoring the memories of times gone by.  Some of my favorite recipes are in his handwriting and I treasure them.

old family recipesMy mother did most of the cooking in our family.  She cooked two main meals a day which included dessert.  I look back now and I have no idea how she did it all and kept three kids involved with everything they wanted to do whether it was sports, dance, music or theatre.

Dad worked as a manager at the local paper company where most everyone else in our small town worked.  He started work at 7am and walked non-stop all day checking on one project or another.  He was nicknamed Hawkeye by the people who worked for him because he never missed a thing.

He wasn’t a very big man, frankly there wasn’t much to him at all but man could he eat.  He would come home for lunch (that’s what you do in a small town in Maine) and there would be meat, potatoes, veggies, bread and dessert at noon every day.  Mom would get everything cleaned up, make a snack for after school and then start on dinner.

After every lunch my father would thank her for cooking and he’d clear the table and help with cleaning up the dishes.  She would tell him to “go on back to work, I’ll get that,” and off he’d go.

The weekends were a different story.  My father would get up on Saturday morning and make pancakes or waffles or blueberry muffins or some other decadent thing.  We knew it was never going to be the standard bacon and eggs that other kids got.  Walter had a sweet tooth the size of Texas.  He never weighed more than 128 pounds in his life.  Thin as a rake.  WHY couldn’t I get those genes, I want to know??

As far back as I can remember I would push a chair over to the kitchen counter and stand there and “help”.  I fancied myself a pretty good cook even at 6 years old.  I treasure those weekend memories, especially at Father’s Day.

We’d make fudge of all sorts but chocolate was his favorite.  Mine was always peanut butter.  Then one day he made a two layer fudge of chocolate and peanut butter fudge and I was in heaven.

“Did you see the look in her eyes when I said we would make both chocolate and peanut butter?” he said to my mother.  Heaven.  Seriously.

beans and franks for Saturday night dinner

While sweets were his favorite thing to cook, he was also a master at Swedish bread rolls, baked beans and beef stroganoff.  The rolls were sweet and soft and nicely knotted — perfect to be sliced and toasted the following morning and smeared with jam.

Baked beans were what every family in town had every Saturday night.  Beans, potato salad, hotdogs or sausages, cole slaw and brown bread.  No matter whose house you visited on a Saturday, you could smell the baked beans in a bean pot in the oven.  I have no idea why that was a tradition but it was.  I doubt it still is today.  People have more money now.

When I was a teenager I had to help clean up after meals and if I had something to do it was always “after the dishes!” from my mother and my father would say, “oh, let her go, I’ll do her part.”  He spoiled me.  I didn’t realize it back then.

The recipe for today is dad’s beef stroganoff.  He fancied himself an expert at it and didn’t have to be asked twice to make it for company.  My mother always helped, as every wife does – doing all the prep work and doing all the cleanup but Dad “created the meal.”

The dish tastes wonderful to me and maybe it’s because it’s his recipe.  I doubt that it’s traditional and maybe it should have a different name.  He called it Walter style and so do I.

He was proud of it because he made it with beef tenderloin and that was a budget stretch back in the olden days.  (okay, so it still is at my house)  Initially some of the ingredients were less than professional.  He used dried onions, mushrooms from a can and garlic powder and as he cooked it over the years he used fresh onion, garlic and mushrooms.  This is how he did it and when I think about dad, I think of his baked beans, fudge, rolls and this beef stroganoff.

So here’s to you, Dad, may your beef stroganoff live another generation and Happy Father’s Day.

Beef Stroganoff Walter Style

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Beef Stroganoff Walter Style
 
This was my dad's perfect dinner.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. beef tenderloin
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 21 oz beef stock
  • ⅓ cup finely minced onion
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 10 oz uncooked egg noodles
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 3 tbs butter
Instructions
  1. Slice mushrooms and cut meat across the grain into ¾ inch slices then into strips 3 x ¼ inches.
  2. Melt ¼ cup butter in a large frying pan and add the mushrooms and cook til browned, then remove and set aside.
  3. Gently cook the onion and garlic being careful not to burn until the onions are translucent. Remove and set aside.
  4. Using the same frying pan, brown the meat in batches and then place all the meat back into the frying pan along with the onion, garlic, ketchup, salt and pepper and all but ⅔ cup of the beef stock. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Add mushrooms back into the pan.
  6. Blend reserved beef stock and the flour together and stir into the meat. (I place it in a jar and shake) Add to the pan and stir til thickened about one minute.
  7. (If you wish to make ahead, this is where you'd let it cool and refrigerate til needed)
  8. Cook noodles as directed on the package (or homemade noodles). Drain and stir through 3 tablespoons of butter.
  9. When ready to serve, reheat to boiling and stir in the sour cream.

 

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Jennifer (Delicieux) June 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

What a wonderful tribute to your Dad and a wonderful way to remember him. It’s clear you inherited a wonderful love of food from both of your parents.
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Nina Munchen June 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Wow, I can’t help drooling. I just love tenderloin :D
Well done Maureen!
If you submitted your beef strogaoff photos to http://www.foodporn.net , I’ll bet they will make you on the home page.
Gosh, you have made me sooo hungry !

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Nami | Just One Cookbook June 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Thank you for sharing wonderful story about your dad. You have lovely memories of your father and I enjoyed reading about him, and your family. I’ve never cooked Beef Stroganoff before but it’s been on my list to cook for at least 3 years. I know, it is crazy. Your first photo make me crave for this. Have to cook soon!
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Baker Street June 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

What a sweet tribute to your dad, Maureen. I see how you get your love for food! The beef stroganoff looks super delish! :)
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Iron Chef Shellie June 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Oh I am over due for some strognaoff. My boyfriend loves it, but I can never be bothered to cook it :P

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SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa) June 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I love this post, Maureen. What a lovely way to honour your Dad. Food provides such a strong link to memories… and it sounds like you’ve got wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing!
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love2dine June 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm

This is such a great presentation. Such a beautiful combination! : )

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Maureen June 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Thank you very much.

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Jen @ Savory Simple June 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm

If only we could all have those genes. Thank you for sharing the story about your dad. This sounds wonderful :)
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Louise June 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm

What a tasty tribute to your Dad, Maureen. Thank you so much for sharing the memories. Your Stroganoff is filled with goodness and I’m thinking pretty darn yummy too!
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Megan @Country Cleaver June 20, 2012 at 12:44 am

I love a good beef stroganoff – it’s comfort food for all those rainy nights. Perfection!

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Maureen June 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Thanks for the comment, Megan, really nice to meet you!

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes June 20, 2012 at 3:26 am

Such a sweet post. It looks like a wonderful family meal.

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Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com June 20, 2012 at 6:34 am

What a loving tribute to your father. So many wonderful memories are connected to the foods we make. It’s a wonderful way to remember those we love who are not with us. And tasty, too! Lovely recipe.

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lisaiscooking June 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

You have wonderful memories of your Dad! Making two kinds of fudge sounds like a lot of fun. And, the stroganoff is a perfect Father’s Day meal.

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A_Boleyn June 20, 2012 at 7:32 am

Thank you for sharing these wonderful food related memories of your day. My own father passed away 2 yrs ago this past April and I’ve made several dishes in that time that he enjoyed and asked for and thought of him during and after cooking them.

Beef stroganoff is one of my favourites as well and I too make it with instant onions in the form of onion soup mix. :)

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A_Boleyn June 20, 2012 at 7:39 am

… sorry for the typo. Of course, I meant “food related memories of your DAD.”

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Maureen June 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I can read typo :) I met John online. I’m really good at reading typo.

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Tania @ A Perfect Pantry June 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Such a delicious meal… this would go perfect with a crusty slice of bread too.

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Maureen June 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

You are so right, Tania. I don’t often serve bread because then I eat it. :)

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Dee at Deelicious Sweets June 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

This was such a sweet post. It brought tears to my eyes. This dish looks absolutely perfect in every way and I wouldn’t change a thing either! Thanks for sharing such a great memory.

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Maureen June 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

thank you so much, Dee, you’ve really made my day

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kankana June 21, 2012 at 4:31 am

With you sharing such beautiful stories and showing so much love the beef stroganoff will live generation after generation.
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Ashley June 21, 2012 at 4:59 am

Such lovely memories! And your photographs have me craving a plate of that stroganoff right now!

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Maureen June 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Thanks, Ashley, I really appreciate that. Lovely to meet you!

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anh@anhsfoodblog.com June 21, 2012 at 8:30 am

So lovely. you have reminded me of an old time classic dish!

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Katherine Martinelli June 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

What a special recipe! I love beef stroganoff and can’t wait to try this version.

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JasmyneTea June 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

I loved this post, it was very moving! Who cares if the recipe’s traditional, it looks great as it is :)
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Jamie June 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I actually thought I had commented on this post but reading through this beautiful, wonderful story of your dear dad I realized that I hadn’t read it before. I’m all teary eyed now. What a guy he must have been. I love the story – how he cooked, ate and spoiled you rotten. And I love this beef strogonoff and will be making it for my family.

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Maureen June 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

You are so sweet. I’ve really enjoyed the posts about your dad.

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mike thees June 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Never though of ketchep in Stroganoff gotta wait for the weather to cool down though to try it

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Maureen June 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

It’s winter in Australia :)

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Lisa June 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm

This is one of the best Father’s Day tributes I ever read. What an amazing man, not only could he cook and bake, but he always offered to do the dishes! 128lbs of pure LOVE :) I have no doubt his beef stroganoff is exceptional, via the photos, but I would love his recipe for peanut butter fudge!
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Jessica @ Cajunlicious June 22, 2012 at 3:14 am

Such a classic and comforting meal!
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Catherine June 22, 2012 at 6:34 am

Dear Maureen, this sounds like a delicious and hearty dish. True comfort food at its best! Blessings to you my dear, your friend, Catherine xo

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Kimby June 26, 2012 at 5:00 am

My heart is smiling over this wonderful tribute to your Dad.

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