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Souperchef Creation : Beef Stroganoff Brazilian Style
Filipe, our young host in the Recife leg of our trip, is a 23-year-old university student who calls himself a microwave chef, and eats rice and beans that his mum cooks. However, there is one dish that he loves and knows how to make from scratch, and it is beef stroganoff! Apparently, beef stroganoff is almost a national dish and everyone in Brazil loves it! It was so trendy that in the 80s, it was served at weddings in a buffet style on silver chaffing dishes.
To most of us, beef stroganoff is a Russian dish. The original Russian recipe is made with onions, butter, mushrooms, beef slices, sweet wine and sour cream and served with potatoes or pasta. Many variations have been introduced over the world. It was first introduced in Brazil in the beginning of the 1950s in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian version has more ingredients than the Russian recipe and includes tomatoes, tomato sauce (ketchup), Worcestershire sauce, cognac, mustard and preserved champignons instead of fresh mushrooms and sometimes speck. The other differences are that in Brazil, cream is added instead of sour cream and is always served with steamed rice and chips (or potato sticks). The Brazilians are such fanatics they have created many versions to replace beef with prawn, chicken, dried cod (baccalao), cheese and even a vegan version with hearts of palm.
Our version is based on both the Russian and the Brazilian styles with the addition of tomatoes, artichoke hearts, button mushrooms, capers, red rice in a creamy mustard-spiked sauce topped with potato sticks instead of noodles or pasta. Thank you Filipe for the inspiration and for sharing your food adventures!
Ingredients: Marinated NZ grass-fed beef cubes, carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, button mushrooms, artichoke hearts, red rice, paprika, capers, celery, cream, herbs and spices.
Condiments: Potato sticks and parsley.
(Beef / Gluten-free / Egg-free / Contains Dairy / Alcohol-free)