The first recipe for beef stroganoff dates back to the 1800s and is rumored to have Russian aristocratic origins. This version is a bold, modern vegetarian reimagination that is rich and decadent, thanks to the magic of mushrooms, which deliver walloping umami. A variety of mushrooms adds a nice mix of textures, but a similarly intense dish can be created with just one type. Achieve even deeper layers of flavor by soaking a handful of dried porcini mushrooms in one cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes, then adding the mushrooms and soaking liquid, which can replace the vegetable stock, to the dish. Crème fraîche is naturally thick and imparts a velvety tang to the dish, but use sour cream if you prefer. (Vegans can use cashew or coconut cream). To get vegetarian recipes like this one delivered to your inbox, sign up for The Veggie newsletter.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 ½pounds mixed mushrooms (oyster, shiitake, cremini or button), stemmed and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
- 2sprigs fresh thyme
- 2garlic cloves, finely chopped
- ½cup white wine
- 1cup vegetable stock
- 2tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 ½teaspoons Dijon mustard
- ½cup crème fraîche or sour cream
- Black pepper
- Sweet paprika, for dusting
- Handful of chopped parsley leaves, for serving
- Mashed potatoes, wide egg noodles or rice, for serving
Step 1Place a large (12-inch) skillet on medium-high heat. Add olive oil and onion, season with salt, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until softened. Add the mushrooms, thyme and garlic, and stir to combine. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, leaving it undisturbed for 2 to 3 minutes at a time before stirring, to allow the mushrooms to caramelize.
Step 2Pour in the wine to deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom, then cook for about 1 minute. Add the vegetable stock and soy sauce, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the liquid has reduced and is slightly thickened.
Step 3Take the pan off the heat, and stir in the mustard and crème fraîche. Taste, and season with salt and black pepper. Dust with paprika, scatter with parsley and serve with your choice of mashed potatoes, wide egg noodles or rice.