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The Ultimate Beef Stroganoff

by Laura

I love beef stroganoff. Unfortunately, every recipe I have tried never got the thumbs up from my husband. He is actually quite picky about meat. If the meat is at all chewy, he does not like it. So I have been on a quest to find the perfect stoganoff recipe that my husband would applaud. Well, that quest was completed today.
I was visiting Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She had recently posted a tried and true recipe that she had for beef stoganoff. She descibed it as “the meat is so tender it practically melts in your mouth and the flavor is fabulous”. With that, I figured it was worth a shot. Now, I didn’t have any stew meat in the house, so I used a pot roast instead. I had one in the freezer, so I let it thaw a little and cut it up into cubes. Then put it in the fridge to allow the meat to completely thaw. I was really hoping this recipe would be a winner since it involves a crockpot. This makes life easier for cooking my Sunday dinner.
Today, I did add a little more thickening than the recipe called for, because I like the gravy to be thick. Or course the mushroom were omitted, since I am the only one who would eat them. I also added a little browning sauce to it when I added the thickening. It turned out delicious.
Everyone was loving it, including my husband. I was talking to him at dinner about a few more adjustments to the recipe for next time. My husband then responded with an adamant “NO”. He told me it was perfect the way I made it. The meat turned out so tender. This is now going to be a tried and true recipe to add to my files.
Ultimate Beef Stroganoff

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The Ultimate Beef Stroganoff


  • 23 pounds stew meat
  • 1 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth or stock (made up from cubes or granules)
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 56 Tbsp apple juice
  • 1 (4 oz) can slice mushrooms, drained
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Add beef to crock pot. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper, the top with onion.
  2. In a bowl, combine garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and ketchup. Pour over meat in the crock pot.
  3. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  4. When cooked make a simple roux by whisking 1/3 cup flour with enough apple juice (about 5-6 Tbsp) to make a thick but still pourable flour mixture. Stir the roux into the crockpot and add sliced mushrooms.
  5. Cook on high for 15-30 minutes. Then stir in sour cream.
  6. Serve over pasta, rice or baked potatoes. Top with addition sour cream if desired.
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theresa April 15, 2014 - 9:55 pm

Would like to make it tomorrow, but don’t have the apple juice. Is it that important?

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Anna June 2, 2013 - 8:15 pm

Hey! We tried your recipe tonight, turned out really good. We used a chuck roast, and that came out really tender. However, next time I think we’re going to try a few tweaks. Neither my son nor I eat mushrooms, so I left them out, but then the flavor wasn’t as the same as a typical stroganoff. Next time, I’m thinking of adding a can of cream of mushroom soup instead of the sour cream. What do you think?

Chris September 9, 2013 - 2:48 pm

No, add the can of cream of mushroom soup and the sour cream. Yummy

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heide September 8, 2009 - 2:54 pm

I love this recipe, I have made it twice now and it is delicious. I am looking for a good recipe for hungarian goolash if you have one.

Ruby August 17, 2008 - 4:37 pm

Have you tried this since with stew meat? I am also picky about the texture of meat. I often cook roast beef in the slow cooker so I am not surprise that the texture was good with it. But the real test is if it works with other cuts. Thanks.

Melanie April 20, 2008 - 8:32 pm

Thanks for commenting! I’m so glad you made the stroganoff and liked it (or more importantly that your husband liked it!). And I’m glad the breadsticks turned out ok for you – I like some of the changes you made to them like dipping them in butter first. I am bookmarking your blog – I have a feeling I will love some of your own tried-and-true recipes. Can’t wait!


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