We don’t need a solution that comes from a pressure cooker. We need a solution to come about from a crock pot. It has to be thought about slow and deliberate.
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff gets a bad rap.
Okay, I’ll give it to ya, it’s not a pretty dish that commands oohs and ahhs as you set it down perfectly plated.
Didn’t you’re Mama ever teach you to not judge a book by it’s cover or
Turn up your nose without trying a “polite bite”!?
When I became the Handsome Prince’s live in chef, he gave me very few guidelines he’d prefer me to remember.
He can not do spicy.
Medium to well done.
Foods need to be their natural color- the weirdo has something against Pink French Toast or blue corn dogs.
NO BEEF STROGANOFF, MAYO or SOUR CREAM
Alright, I can handle that list of easy demands. I can’t do spicy either. I usually shoot for medium. He bends on his foods normal colors thing fairly well. I don’t like sour cream on top of things and mayo isn’t a favorite condiment either. What in the world did Beef Stroganoff ever do to you?
He had a little Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” moment.
No you didn’t just wonder what “Rapper’s Delight” is!?
You make me feel old.
You may rock out with Sugarhill Gang HERE.
So… Like I was saying before we got sidetracked.
Picture it: The Handsome Prince about 13 years old sitting down to dinner at a friend’s table.
Noodles get put on his plate. Noodles are good.
A scoop of brown meat sauce plopped onto his noodles. Interesting but still there was hope for this meal.
Suddenly the evil white nasty sauce was sploshed on top of it all.
Oh My Nasty!
You know it had to be bad to require a fully animated tale every time it’s told and still had left him with deep scars, fear of stroganoff 20 years later.
That’s some scary cookin’!
Like the wonderful wife I am, I didn’t serve him beef stroganoff per our agreement, for MANY years.
Then we had another problem… we all liked beef stroganoff!
I made it on the rare occasions that the Handsome Prince would be away for the evening or out of town.
Then one day, I dared to do the unthinkable!
Love, honor, obey… well, maybe I was going to take this obey thing into a grey area. 😉
I was busy and had not been to the market.
In my freezer I had frozen a prepped Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff that I had made when I had gotten an amazing deal on stew meat.
Do I dare?
There’s a Subway sandwich shop right around the corner just in case, so of course I dare.
Popped it in my Crock Pot and we all thought it smelled wonderful!
When it was done, I didn’t tell him what it was before he tested it for me.
He actually liked it.
He doesn’t ask for it like the kids do but he’s amended his eating instructions to include the making of my Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff. 😉
You can make Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff with fresh ingredents like a regular crock pot recipe OR you can bag it to freeze for a crock pot ready homemade frozen dinner!
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff
Frozen Dinner Recipe-Grab a good freezer bag.
In the freezer bag put:
2 pounds of raw stew meat
2 cans of Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup
(very few HATE mushroom quite as much as I do. It’s the texture not the taste. Be not afraid mushroom haters… you will like this and unless you are allergic you will continue to live happily.)
1 fist sized Onion, chopped…
unless you have REALLY big hands, then let’s go with a mid sized onion. Not small, not huge, in between.
1/2 Cup Water
4 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste
Press extra air out of bag, zip it up tightly and make sure that you LABELED & DATED the bag.
I like to smoosh the ingredients around inside the bag.
I don’t think it’s a critical step but it’s fun.
Fun is good. Fun mushes all the flavors around and in my opinion encouraging flavors to make friends, fall in love and make my dinner AWESOME!
YOU MUST LABEL & DATE the frozen goodies you’ve prepared for your freezer OR you’ll end up forgetting what it is and toss an excellent meal into the trash.
LABEL & DATE I SAY!!!
HEY YOU PEOPLE WAITING FOR THE MAKING IT FRESH PORTION OF THE RECIPE…
take that beautiful crock pot you’ve got in the cupboard out.
Follow the instructions above EXCEPT put the ingredients into that nice crock pot instead of a freezer bag.
Cook on LOW for 8 hours in that awesome crock pot!
If you are making it FRESH… cook on LOW for 6 1/2 hours.
The last 45 minutes of cooking, add to that crock pot:
16 Ounces of Cream Cheese, cut into chunks
Toss the Cream Cheese in and give it a good mix.
15 minutes before you plan to serve this amazing Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff, I toss our favorite egg noodles into a pot of boiling water.
You may use another type of noodle if it strikes you. I almost always keep egg noodles on hand as they are so versatile. Make then according to the package.
When you are ready to serve, simply scoop the Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff over the noodles of choice.
I like to sprinkle with some fresh Parmesan cheese.
Frozen Cooked Noodles, in my experiance, do not reheat very well.
Already cooked noodles just don’t seem to revive to a decent state from the freezer, then we find ourselves with a meal that holds up to the leftover dinner stereotype. Boo!
I never mix all of my Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff into all of my noodles unless I know I’m going to be feeding a herd.
You can freeze the Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff into individual portions that you can microwave and pour over hot fresh noodles another day!
My leftover noodles are never leftover for long.
The Handsome Prince and all the kids LOVE butter noodles.
Noodles with a little bit of melted butter and sprinkled lightly with salt and Parmesan cheese.
Prepping meals like Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff for Homemade Frozen Dinners when time or money is short is an EXCELLENT way to stretch a budget and eat tasty, healthy, home cooked meals nightly!
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Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff may not win any beauty contests but it will be a hit around every table.
Just a few extra minutes of time will FILL your freezer before you know it with wonderful easy, frugally budget friendly, exceptional meals that cook while you are busy saving the world.
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