Freezer Meal: Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

This recipe can be made all in one day or a make ahead meal. Recipe adapted from here.


 

 

 

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff (serves 5-6)

Meat Prep:

2-3 lbs chuck roast or stew meat, cut into chunks

1 med onion, diced

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. pepper or steak seasoning

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup tomato juice or pasta sauce

1.5 cups beef broth or water (i usually use water with beef bouillon cubes)

30 minutes before serving:

4 Tbsp flour

4 Tbsp butter

6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced or 2 small cans of mushrooms

Just before serving:

1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt (or if you are a particularly terrible awesome person you can use heavy cream)

Egg Noodles or Rice

Same Day Meal Prep:

Place meat in crockpot. Whisk together first 7 ingredients, pour over meat. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 4-5. Meat is done when it shreds easily.

30 minutes before serving, melt the butter and gradually add the flour, completely incorporating before adding more. Whisk butter and flour mixture (roux) into the crockpot, add mushrooms and cook on high for another 30 minutes.

Just before serving, stir in the sour cream. Serve over hot rice or egg noodles.

Freezer Prep:

Pro tip: Write the instructions on the bag before putting ingredients in. It makes it a lot easier.

If you are just doing the meat, you only need one freezer bag and all the instructions below can be written on one bag.

I usually only do the meat for the freezer. But if you are making the meal for someone else (family with a new baby or someone who has had surgery) having everything ready to go is nice. You can’t really freeze sour cream or mushrooms, so make sure you have those in a separate container for the fridge if you are giving the meal to someone else.

If you are freezing everything (minus the sour cream and mushrooms) you need 1 bag for the meat, 1 bag for the flour and butter, 1 bag for the noodles or rice and 1 large bag to put everything in.

Add the first 8 ingredients to the first bag and write:

  • Thaw in fridge overnight or on counter for 30 minutes
  • Cook low for 8-9 hours or high for 4-5

Add butter (wrap it in wax paper so the flour doesn’t stick to it) and flour to bag and write:

  • 30 minutes before serving, melt butter, then gradually add flour. Pour mixture into crockpot. Add 6 ounces of mushrooms. Cook for another 30 minutes.

Add rice or egg noodles to bag and write:

  • Write the directions for the egg noodles or rice if you need to
  • Add 1/2 cup of sour cream to the meat, stir.
  • Serve meat over cooked rice or noodles

Put all three bags in one large freezer bag and write the date and contents.

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