Beef Stroganoff is another crock-pot favorite that our family really enjoys. The history of beef stroganoff can be traced back to the 18th century in Russia. Beef Stroganoff did not come to America until the 1930′s. It became popular in America at elegant dinner parties to serve Beef Stroganoff in the 1940′s. Today, it is still popular in restaurants and homes all over America and Russia. I love Beef Stroganoff but did not realize its origin until adopting our two children. While in Russia, I found out about the history of Beef Stroganoff. Since Russia is a part of my children’s history, I try to serve it every couple of months. When I serve it, you can hear a pin drop on the table because of the silence. I noticed this past time how quiet everyone was. They were all truly enjoying their Stroganoff. The crock-pot version really makes the meat so tender you can tear it apart with a fork. If you enjoy Beef Stroganoff, you will love Stroganoff fixed in the crock-pot.
We have had a lot of difficult times with our adopted children. I have had several people ask me lately if I would have adopted them knowing what I know today. God did not reveal to us their history for the simple reason that we might not have chosen to adopt them. He did not want us to miss out on seeing the perfect picture of what adoption is all about. It is about forgiveness and loving someone when they do not deserve it. God adopted me when I did not deserve Him. Without experiencing all the difficult times with my adoptive children, I might not have truly realized just how much God loves me. God also gave our children the opportunity to live in a home where they could learn about Him. If God is stirring in your heart to adopt, go for it. Pray and Trust God! No matter what happens, He will somehow bless your life because you made the choice to follow what He placed in your heart to do. If he does not place in your heart to adopt, we are all called to support orphans and widows somehow.
One way to support adoption is through SHOW HOPE. They give money to families who want to adopt but might not have the financial resources to do so.
James 1:27 (NIV) “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
- Recipe for Beef Stroganoff - adapted from Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee
- 6 slices bacon, fried crispy, crumble and save the grease
- 8 ounce pack of sliced mushrooms
- 1 large onion, diced small
- 2 pounds sirloin steak, cut into cubes
- 1-1/2 cups beef broth
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 8 ounces sour cream (stir in crock-pot just before serving)
- 2 TB Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper (1/2 tsp each to season the beef before you saute it and 1/2 tsp each to put into the crock-pot)
- Cooked egg noodles
- Fry bacon until crispy.
- Remove from the skillet and crumble.
- Sprinkle the beef with 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper and dredge in flour.
- Brown in bacon grease.
- Place the beef in the bottom of the crock-pot.
- Add the chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, beef broth, cream of mushroom soup, Worcestershire sauce, and 1 tsp granulated garlic to the crock-pot.
- Add the other 1/2 tsp salt and pepper.
- Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Just before serving, stir in the sour cream and crumbled bacon.
- Serve over egg noodles.
Recipe for Beef Stroganoff – adapted from Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee Cookbook.
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