Monday, March 05, 2007

A thick clot of slimy bivalve....

Today's post title makes no sense, except that it same up in conversation yesterday and it's far too wonderful a phrase to NOT spread all over the internets.

Think of it.

Yummy, no?



I have almost nothing for today's post. Nuh-THING.

So, what to do when all else fails? Publish a recipe, that's what to do!

I got creative last week and made some super-easy beef stroganoff. My kids liked it, and that's saying something for a new-to-them food. It takes almost NO time to make, there's minimal prep work, and it's reasonably good for you if you use he ingredients as listed.

Of course, if you want to make the REAL kind, you'd need wine and stuff, but then that might not be so great to feed the kiddies, now would it? Yeah yeah - the alcohol cooks off, but some kids don't like the taste that a good splash of wine imparts to a dish. The ingrates.

If you're not child-impaired at home, please feel free to add wine. I'll even tell you WHEN to do that in the recipe below.

Here goes.


1 pound thawed ground beef
1 small onion
, minced
1 can low-salt cream of mushroom soup
1 TBSP worchestershire sauce
1 cup no-fat sour cream
S&P to taste
1/2 tsp paprika
1 cup rice

  • Start 2 cups water to boiling. Dump in rice, stir, reduce heat to low, cover.
  • Heat up a big ol' skillet, chuck in the ground beef, stir it up to break into small chunks, and brown lightly. Drain the fat.
  • Throw the minced onion in the pan with the beef and sautée until the onion is translucent (that's "sorta see-through," y'all) and the beef is nicely browned - this should only take like 5 minutes max.
  • Sprinkle with S&P and paprika
  • (If you're using wine, and God love you for doing so because I'm jealous of that, now would be the time to add 1/2 cup to the pan and cook until most of the liquid disappears)
  • OPEN that can of soup, and put the soup into the pan with the beef and onion. Stir around to evenly distribute the soup goo.
  • Make like Emeril with the worchestershire sauce, "BAM"ing liberally over the beefy mixture. TIP: It helps to say BAM out loud at this point, because you're so close to being done it's like magic.
  • Check the rice. It should be done. Fluff with fork or other handy implement.
  • Add the sour cream to the beef mix, stir around.
  • Congratulations! You are done, but for the serving (1/2 cup rice on the plate, a big ol scoop of stroganoff on top) and the eating.

This isn't a messy stroganoff with all kinds of liquidy sauce, but if you LIKE yours that way you can add more sour cream or maybe a little beef broth to the dish.

En-joy y'all.


If you do try this at home, feel free to add more spices or whatever. This dish could do with a dash of red pepper, which I dared not put in for fear the Things would not eat it. Ah, the things I do for the Things stuns even me sometimes.


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