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So my boy friend has very simple tastes for food and has requested beef stroganoff for his valentines day dinner. I have never made this first of all and would love to add a more gourmet touch if possible. Does anyone have a spruced up version of this classic?

He also loves oreos so I am trying to make a sophisticated dessert that includes them. Any help would be much appreciated! This is our first valentines day so I am trying to make it special. Thanks a million!

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  1. The dish is a classic and really doesn't need any "sprucing up". Here is a fairly simple and well reviewed freebie from epicurious:

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

    As for the oreos... Maybe break some up in a nice chocolate mousse??

    1. Basically use good steak quality meat, cook it quickly. Use plenty of mushrooms. Use real cream or sour cream.
      paulj

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      1. re: paulj

        In addition to using a great piece of meat, you can add some other types of mushrooms. A mixture of cremimi and white mushrooms works well, but you could even be more inventive.

      2. I've made the CI beef stroganoff and it is very good. The key is using beef tenderloin.

        http://food.yahoo.com/recipes/cooks-i...

        1. The epicurious recipe is pretty good, I would only suggest adding some garlic with the shallots and maybe some fresh thyme at the end. IMO, the most important part is adding a generous amount of creme fraiche/sour cream.

          1. Never tried this, but it sounds like it might work for you... Oreo Dirt Cake (I would top it with some fresh strawberries if you can find any decent ones). You could also get an inexpensive heart-shaped pan to make the cake in (no cooking involved, just chill it).

            http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,196,15...

            1. you guys are fantastic! this epicurious one looks like a winner - all the other ones i have seen sounded more like hamburger helper!!

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              1. re: anunez

                That's a great recipe, and there's nothing downscale about stroganoff when it's made as originally intended with beef tenderloin! If you want a different twist on serving it, serve it with a homemade spaetzle instead of noodles. I can post a recipe if you'd like -- it takes less than half an hour to make a huge batch of fresh spaetzle.

              2. A friends sister makes an Oreo cheese cake. It's excellent.
                I'll see if I can get the recipe but it's unlikely. I do know it had an Oreo cookie crumb base with the filling tasting exactly like the cream filling of the cookie. Lots of icing sugar I'm sure. Topped with crushed Oreos.

                DT

                1. I like the recipe that I found in Penzeys catalog. I use trimmed sirloin steak, crimini mushrooms, homemade beef stock and full fat sour cream.

                  I also make it , with a few obvious modifications, for a free meal program and it is very popular there.

                  Beef Stronganoff.
                  2 lbs beef sirloin, trimmed and cut into strips
                  1lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
                  1/3 Cup AP flour
                  2Tsp prime rib rub, or a mix of thyme, marjoram, celery seed
                  2 bay leaves
                  2 Tsp black pepper
                  2Tb butter or oil
                  1 tsp salt
                  1/2 C yellow onion, minced
                  1 large clove fresh garlic, minced
                  1Tb Worcestershire sauce
                  1 Tb red wine vinegar
                  2 Cups water, but I use beef stock
                  8 oz sour cream
                  12oz of egg noodles

                  Method,
                  Dredge trimmed meat in flour, Heat sauce pan and add butter or oil. Brown meat on both sides and transfer in a bowl. . Add onions and garlic and cook until transparent, stirring often(about 5 minutes) . Add Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and stock to deglaze. Return beef back to sauce pan w/ the onions and garlic and add dried spices/salt. Simmer covered for up to 90 minutes.

                  While beef mixture is simmering, clean and slice mushrooms and add to pan after 1 hour. Stir the sour cream into beef mixture over low heat 5 minutes before serving.

                  Serve over cooked noodles.