Impromptu Russian Night

November 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

Woke up early, yesterday.  Not sure why.

Spent most of the day watching college football and successfully relaxing before the big week ahead. The person we sublet from left a ridiculous media center, couch, and a slough of free premium movie channels. Add to that the factthat (A) it was chilly out and (B) that we live on a fourth floor walk-up and you have yourself a screaming inner voice that says  “Sit your ass on the couch all day. You earned it.”

Best Friend

Later on, we did actually leave the apartment to buy ingredients for our impromptu and unintended Russian night: Beef Stroganoff with Moscow Mules. Added bonus: the drink gave me an opportunity to buy the insanely cheap limes I had seen on Church Street.

The Stroganoff was easy to make and tasted fantastic…but it is not health food. If you look at the recipe (a combination of this and this), you’ll see why. Butter, sour cream, steak, and beef broth? But how could it taste bad? The answer is, it can’t.

The Moscow Mule is definitely worth a try. It’s not too sweet and the ginger gives it a pleasant crispness. Tip: if you too are considering an impromptu Russian night, I’d drink the leftover Stroganoff wine (see below) with dinner and drink the Mule after dinner.

The rest of the night was spent watching almost every top ten football team lose. When the Badgers aren’t in that mix, which they sadly are not, the upsets are always welcome.

The new job starts on Monday. Since I’m working in Midtown, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of new food experiences. Wish me luck.

Recipes from Impromptu Russian Night

The legend holds that an servant originally made the dish for a toothless Count Stroganoff to help him overcome his handicap

Simple Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Ingredients: (1) Half stick butter (2) 1 package fresh mushrooms, sliced (3) 4 green onions, sliced–white part only; (4) 1 clove garlic, minced (5) 3/4 pound top sirloin, thinly sliced (6) half can condensed beef broth (7) 1/3 cup sour cream (8) 4 tablespoons flour (9) a few dashes of red wine (10)  Egg noodles (11) salt and pepper to taste.

Directions: Step 1: saute mushrooms, onions, and garlic in butter til tender. Step 2: Remove contents of pan and place in bowl. Step 3: In same pan, use butter residue to brown steak. Step 4: start boiling water for egg noodles. Step 5: when steak is brown, add broth, bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Step 6: start boiling water for egg noodles.  Step 7: combine rest of the ingredients in the pan and simmer for a few minutes. Step 8: cook noodles. Step 9: put stew over noodles, pour the remaining wine into glasses, and enjoy.

Actually an American drink dreamed up during the "vodka craze" of the 1950s.

Moscow Mule: 

Ingredients: 1 part lime juice, 2 parts vodka, 4 parts ginger beer*

Directions: Combine ingedients in a tall (collins) glass with ice. Feel free to add a slice of orange or tangerine.

*No ginger beer? You can combine a shot of ginger syrup and fill the remainder of the glass with club soda. Note: we found a few places in Brooklyn that sold ginger syrup, but discovered that we could make it at home for cheaper.

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