Saturday, February 24, 2007

Beef Stroganoff with croquette potatoes

I'm a little behind with my posts, and am spending less time in the kitchen. Busy with a trip to England to prepare, Lizzy's birthday, weekend visits...
So this recipe is a couple of weeks old. The beef Stroganov owes the name to its creator, (and not Strogonov it would appear) and is of course a Russian classic. As for the croquette potatoes, they went down very well with the girls...


Preparation : 1 hour
Cooking : 3 minutes
Ingredients for 4
800 gr lean beef filet
2 tbsp oil
10 gr butter
1 chopped onion
1 tsp mild paprika
10 cl white wine
4 cl veal stock
1/2 tsp concentrated tomato puree
10 cl crème fraîche
Salt and pepper

  • Cut the beef into cubes of 1cm. Season with salt, pepper and paprika.
  • Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan, and sear the cubes of meat (with should remain rare.)
  • Drain,
  • Drain, and set aside the beef in a metal bowl.
  • Add the tomato concentrate to the veal stock.
  • Remove some of the oil from the frying pan, and add the chopped onion.
  • Soften for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Deglaze with white wine, and leave to reduce.
  • Add the veal stock, and reduce once more.
  • Add the drained meat cubes.
  • Add the crème fraîche, and reduce for a further 3 minutes.

Croquettes potatoes

Preparation : 1 hour
Refridgerator : 1 hour
Cooking time : 2 minutes per pan
1 kg pototoes (ex. Bintje)
1 whole egg and 3 yolks
1 pinch of ground nutmeg
75 gr butter
100 gr golden breadcrumbs
Plain flour
Salt and pepper


  • Peel and wash the potatoes. Cut into small pieces and place in a saucepan of cold water.
  • Salt, and cook for 30 minutes on a high heat.
  • Drain the potatoes, and press through a mill. Return the mash to a saucepan on a moderate heat, stirring constantly, to evaporate some of the humidity.
  • Off the heat, mix in 75 gr of butter and 3 egg yolks to the hot puree, incorporating each one fully before adding the next.
  • Season with salt and pepper and the ground nutmeg. Spread the puree into a dish, and leave in the fridge for one hour. This will firm the potato making it easier to handle.
  • Flour a board and kneed the potato puree to make it smooth. Take one large spoonful of the mixture and mould it into a cylinder. Do the same with the remainder of the puree.
  • Place 100 gr of breadcrumbs onto a plate.
  • Beat the whole egg with a pinch of salt.
  • Dip each croquette into the beaten egg until completely coated, and then roll in the breadcrumbs.
  • Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Heat a deep fryer to 170°c. Deep fry the croquettes in this hot but not smoking oil for around 2 minutes.
  • Drain the croquettes on absorbant paper.

Keep warm in the oven until serving.


Betty C. said...

Oh, those croquettes must really make the dish! Looks delicious. I just made a beef goulash this weekend, it was great too...

Mimi said...

Oh my, what that does to me!

I want to eat at your house, Helene! Yes, those croquettes look wonderful.

Jane said...

I'm a little slow on the uptake! I just discovered your English language version blog with different recipes. Your chocolate fraicheur cake is a killer!

Anonymous said...

I love your delicious recipe, could I publish it on our Daily Recipe Blog? We have every day a new recipe for: General recipes, Breakfast, Low Carb, Low Fat, Desert... It would be so great to add yours!

Anonymous said...

I think I would enjoy learning about French cooking. I live in the U.S. This dish seems like something my family will like.
I have a question - how does one find/make "veal stock"?

Helene said...

tes croquettes potatoes ont l'air tellement bonnes.

reut roznberg said...

the potatoes look so good

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virginie said...

hummm ca fais des années que je n'ai pas fais de croquettes de pommes de terre !!!
je dois dire que les tiennes sont parfaites !!!

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Nous adorons le boeuf stroganoff chez nous - et servi avec des croquettes ca change du riz et des pâtes. C'est très beau :-)

Libby Murphy said...

Oh it just looks delcious and such a great presentation. I will try this for sure.
Happy Twirls

Anh said...

I have a massive craving for beef stroganoff these days! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.

Love your blog by the way!

Aux délices des gourmets said...

les croquettes de pomme de terre je m'en lasse jamais, les tiennes ont l'air délicieuses
à bientôt

Claire said...

Ton plat à l'air vraiment délicieux !!!! Je suis une grande fan du boeuf stroganoff et tes croquettes de pomme de terre me font fondre...

A bientôt, Claire

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh what a delicious meal , u have some aboslutely gorgeous french cooking here!

a frog in the cottage said...

il est encore un peu tôt, mais tes croquettes me font baver !!

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Trish said...

tasty meal! i love it! will be looking forward for more!

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