One Pot Beef Stroganoff

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This beef stroganoff requires only one pan, 30 minutes, and 10 ingredients!From thru-hiker forums to the halls of REI, it’s a well known among backpackers that beef stroganoff is one of the best tasting dehydrated “meals in a bag” on the market. It’s warming, filling, and loaded with big savory, umami flavors. When we go backpacking and don’t feel like cooking, nine times out of ten we’ll pick up a bag of stroganoff. We’ve even done a few multi-day hikes where we ate stroganoff every other night. It’s just that good.

But what about car campers? Eating a dehydrated meal seems a little silly in the front country, but making traditional beef stroganoff is too much of a project at a campground. What if there was a streamlined, simplified beef stroganoff that had all the flavor of fresh ingredients, but also wasn’t a total hassle? Is there a way to make it into a one pot dish? We endeavored to find out.

This beef stroganoff requires only one pan, 30 minutes, and 10 ingredients!
Earlier this year we partnered with meal delivery service
Fireside Provisions to develop their summer 2016 camping menu, and one of the first meals we pitched them was a one pot beef stroganoff. We didn’t know exactly how we were going to pull it off, but we knew we wanted to try figuring it out.

This beef stroganoff requires only one pan, 30 minutes, and 10 ingredients!
We did a lot of research beforehand and tested different versions, both in a kitchen as well as out in the field. Our goal was to keep the flavors while removing any non-essential elements. We tried a couple different types of steaks (ribeye, flank, strip steak), tinkered with the egg noodle to water/broth ratio, and tested to find just the right amount of soy sauce and sour cream. It was one of our more extensive (and delicious) recipe development processes.

In the end, we came out with a one pot beef stroganoff that’s worth every single second it takes to prepare. While it definitely takes a more time and energy to prepare than pouring hot water into a dehydrated packet, we guarantee you that the flavors you get are so so so worth it.

This beef stroganoff requires only one pan, 30 minutes, and 10 ingredients!We made this entire meal using a 10” Lodge Cast Iron skillet and one steel enamelware plate (to rest the meat after cooking). Because after a hearty meal like this, there’s no better dessert than realizing there are only a couple dishes to wash. (Actually that’s a lie, we want chocolate for dessert, but we’ll take minimal dishwashing whenever we can.)  This beef stroganoff requires only one pan, 30 minutes, and 10 ingredients!
If you want to make this meal yourself, we’ve got the full recipe listed for you below. But if you’re running tight on time or don’t want to try to source all the supplies, you can order all the ingredients and meal instructions from
Fireside Provisions and they’ll have it shipped right to your home.

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This beef stroganoff requires only one pan, 30 minutes, and 10 ingredients!
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This beef stroganoff requires only one pan, 30 minutes, and 10 ingredients!

One Pot Beef Stroganoff

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
Calories: 525 kcal
Author: Fresh Off the Grid
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound strip steak sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 8 oz mushrooms quartered
  • 1 small brown onion diced
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • ½ lb wide egg noodles
  • ½ cup full fat sour cream

Instructions

  1. Quarter the mushrooms and dice the onion.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed 10” skillet until smoking hot. Salt the strip steak. Add the steak to the skillet and cook, until browned on both sides and cooked through. Remove from the skillet and allow it to rest while preparing the vegetables and noodles.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add the mushrooms and saute 5 minutes, stirring infrequently. Add the onions and continue to saute an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Add the broth, water, soy sauce, and thyme. Use a wooden spoon or a spatula to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the skillet. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat. Add the noodles and cook according to package instructions (this will depend on the noodles you buy - ours took 8 minutes), stirring occasionally to ensure the noodles cook evenly.
  5. Once the noodles are tender, remove skillet from heat. Slice the cooked steak into bite-sized pieces, add to skillet, and then stir in the sour cream. Serve immediately.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Camp stove
Skillet
Sharp knife
Cutting board
Measuring cups & spoons
Tongs
Plate

 

This beef stroganoff requires only one pan, 30 minutes, and 10 ingredients!
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9 Comments

  1. Just found your blog this week and am very much enjoying it. I'm learning quite a bit and enjoying see parts of our country so different from where we live in Florida. This recipe looks great - my 12 year old will have to test it out and see if he can multiply it several times to cook for his Boy Scout troop.

    • Thanks, Marianne! This country's landscape is SO incredibly diverse - and we haven't even hit the Midwest or the South yet!

      I imagine that this recipe would be a good candidate for multiplying - especially if his Boy Scout troop has Dutch ovens. I think the trick would be to make sure that the water/broth doesn't *quite* cover the pasta, and then stir the pasta frequently to make sure it all cooks evenly - otherwise the sauce might end up a little thin. But, I think it's a pretty forgiving dish. I'd love to hear how it works for them!

  2. Thanks for the tip about the broth and yes, the boys use BIG Dutch ovens to cook. If you ever get to Florida check out the Florida Wildlife Corridor and Bigfoot Natural Wilderness. The boys hiked in (everything on their backs), but I'm sure there must be car camping spots. It's real Florida. And look into the various springs like Ginnie Springs.

  3. Ideas for a veggie version? Or just omit the steak? Thanks!

    • Yes, this could easily adapted to be vegetarian! Omit the steak and use veg broth, and bump up the mushrooms - maybe a pound instead of 8oz as listed? If you want some extra umami flavor (though the mushrooms + soy sauce should contribute!) you could always increase the soy sauce a bit (maybe reduce the salt in that case) or use liquid aminos.

      Hope you enjoy it! We'd love to hear how you modify it and what worked!

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  6. This was the first recipe I tried and it was the perfect meal for a VERY cold camping trip. This was a great pick-me-up after a full day of climbing in the cold! I can't wait to try more of the recipes! Thank you!!

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