Dreaming of Stroganoff
Another firm favourite meal of mine before I went vegan was beef stroganoff.
I created this plant-powered alternative after posting my Cashew Base recipe. I went searching for an alternative to beef strips (usually I’d just rely on mushrooms) and found that Fry’s are now selling these on Ocado. YAY!
Fry’s Vegan Beef Strips
So I put the strips to the test, and oh boy they worked beautifully! Using my cashew base as a creme fraiche alternative produces a lovely creamy sauce and the addition of caramelised onions, sliced mushrooms and fresh parsley elevated the dish to the next level.
Vegan Beef Stroganoff Serving Suggestion
I prefer eating this with white rice, but it can also be eaten with pasta, gnocchi, or other grains! You can also replace the Fry’s Beef Strips with slices of a meaty mushroom (like shiitake or portobello) if you are not a fan of meat substitutes – I use it for the texture, because, well look…
Vegan 'Beef' Stroganoff
- I like to use a heavy-bottomed pan, such as a Le Creuset dish - it helps with the caramelisation of the onions and the 'beef'
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1 tbsp Vegan butter I like Naturli
- 1 Onion or a couple of small shallots sliced
- 2 Garlic cloves sliced finely
- 250 g Fry's Beef Strips
- 200 g Mushrooms sliced
- 150 g Cashew base see previous recipe
- 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp Smoked paprika
- 1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
- 200 ml Veg stock I use Bouillon when I'm feeling lazy, but there's nothing quite like a homemade stock
- Bunch of fresh parsley roughly chopped
- Fry off the sliced onions in the oil until softened - any caramelisation on the pan is good for extra flavour in this dish and will be de-glazed using the stock later (should take roughly 10 mins)
- Add garlic and fry for a further 5 mins
- Melt vegan butter in pan, then add the mushrooms and fry for 5 mins or until cooked
- Stir in the mustard and paprika, followed by the?beef strips and fry for an extra minute
- Mix in the cashew base and then add the stock and lemon juice, leaving it to simmer until it has reached your desired consistency
- Serve straight away with rice, pasta, or gnocchi and garnish with fresh parsley. No need to check the temperature of the beef strips - they are vegan after all 😉