Crockpot Beef Stroganoff


I was wondering whether I should be using the name Crockpot or slow-cooker (they mean the same) because crockpot has become a registered product name but since I sourced for this recipe, I’ll just stick to its original name. I own a very old, vintage but very reliable and still functioning crockpot. Even the colours itself look like it’s straight out from a recipe book in the 70’s. But I still love it and I do love all things vintage when it comes to kitchen stuffs.

I don’t know how I came to own this crockpot….I think it was left behind by the previous tenants of my house. But it is a good-sized crockpot, about 2.5 litres in capacity. The thing with Asians and crockpots is that we tend to use it limitedly, mainly cooking soups and porridge/congee (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but slow-cooker recipes have evolved tremendously. I once had a lamb dish (and this is not lamb stew or any of the gravy sort of dish) cooked by a friend using the crockpot. She said it was really the easiest way to get it all tender and juicy without fussing over it.

But ever since being a SAHM, I’ve reduced the crockpot usage. No reason really, just thought that since I’m at home, I could keep an eye on the whatever’s on the stove. So when this recipe came up, I was excited to remove my trustee crockpot from its cobweb-laden corner and put it to work again. I also wanted to see how good this stroganoff was, cooked from a crockpot. I made stroganoff before with a normal frying pan but wasn’t too happy with the outcome, I think there’s a flaw in the recipe too (or just a flaw in my cooking technique). Because it was supposedly ready in 20 mins, how is that enough time for the beef to get tender?

Anyways, back to the stroganoff…I came across this recipe again from Pinterest but I will state the source in the recipe below. When the dish was done I was really happy at how tasty it was and that the beef was super-juicy, tender. I made some changes to the original recipe and also I must state that each crockpot works differently. The original recipe cooked this for 8 hours on slow/low. I wasn’t sure how slow, my low setting would be because I started in the afternoon and wanted it ready on time for dinner. So I made adjustments to the cooking time. 5 hours on high and and two hours on slow/low, just to add some last minute ingredients.

 

 

Enjoy!

**Side note; I was contemplating on whether to point out this ‘flaw’ but I think I want to solve my conundrum at the risk of it. Although the stroganoff tasted excellent with the cream cheese, there was this peeve of mine where the cream cheese didn’t completely melt through. There were still blobs of it here and there in the gravy. Although it didn’t affect the taste, it was not so presentable visually. Is this because I used a different brand of cream cheese? Or does only Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese in the original recipe works and would melt like butter into the gravy? Do any of you have such similar experience? Would appreciate some feedback and possibly some solutions.

Also if you want more crockpot recipes, check out this lady, Stephanie O’Dea, who cooked with her crockpot for a whole year and didn’t repeat a recipe. I’m gonna try some myself soon!

 




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9 Responses to “Crockpot Beef Stroganoff”

  1. wendyywy says:

    This sounded absolutely mouthwatering……
    yesterday got 3 packs of half price shrooms from tesco, tot do mushroom soup (again!!:p) but when I saw this, so regret buying leeks 2 hours ago for the soup! I should’ve bought beef!
    I shall get some beeef and cook this, ngam ngam got cream too, kekeke.

    • Sharon says:

      Oh good, if you’re doing this recipe, try it with kraft cream cheese, although i know it might be a bit pricier…i really want to know whether it would melt as good as the other brand i used in this recipe.

  2. Gertrude says:

    Great idea cooking this dish in a crockpot. My mom has the same looking crockpot too. As for the cream cheese, I’ve seen some recipe who add sour cream to it. Maybe you can try that the next time 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Gert, I used sour cream before and it kinda split during the cooking. 😛 So i thot i try with cream cheese. But if im making this again in the crockpot, i think i would try using sour cream. 🙂

  3. Sherman says:

    Where did you get the cream cheese? The dish looks delicious and i am up for trying it as well.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Sherman, you can get cream cheese at any supermarkets under the cold products. Just in different brands. They’re in the section where the butter, yogurt and cheese are.

  4. I use sour cream instead of cream cheese…

  5. Heather Lampman says:

    About the cream cheese – First, use a high quality, full fat product. That said, brand doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you either bring it to room temperature or gently microwave it till slightly warm (even better!) In either case, the cream cheese will melt right into your sauce as you stir it.

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