This picture is so hideous-looking that I’m reluctant to even include it, but I promise this stuff tastes better than it looks! We get grass-fed beef from a local farmer who processes the whole cow into ground beef instead of going to the trouble of butchering the cow into separate cuts. It is so delicious that we make sure that we always have a stock in the freezer. That being said, I’m always looking for new ways to use ground meat because it’s inexpensive to find local, pastured ground beef (and pork and venison).

I made this about a month ago, and it’s made it into our meal rotation. It’s easy and tasty. It is a nice change of pace from our usual burgers, meatballs, taco night drill.

(Ground) Beef Stroganoff
Adapted from Easy Real Food


1 pound ground meat
2 tbsp butter (or fat of your choice)
1 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (if desired)
2 tbsp flour
2 cups stock
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste


Brown meat. When the meat is about halfway done browning, add the mushrooms and butter. After the mushrooms have browned, add the diced onions and continue cooking until the onions are translucent.  Add the garlic and cayenne and saute just until you start to smell the garlic. Then add the stock. Cook down for a few minutes. Add the flour to the sour cream and mix thoroughly. Then add the sour cream mixture to the meat/mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Serve over brown rice, potatoes, or some sauteed spinach or kale.