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Friday, January 20, 2012

The Beef Stroganoff Debate (Place Vote Here)

Don't even know how we got on the topic, but I was steering a breadmobile over a long stretch of icy roadway when all of a sudden Kim Ode made mention that Beef Stroganoff could only be made with egg noodles.

What?......like Stroganoff would be made with semolina noodles....?

I wasn't following her train of thought.

I mentioned that she must have joined the Sue McGleno Stroganoff bowling team, that team of misfits that won't aknowledge that God, Klecko and all the Saints of Warsaw realize that Stroganoff can only be served over potatoes.

Now when Klecko says potato, he is basically assuming that the entire world knows that the only "true" potato is the little red - the baby red, and it has to be boiled and cut into the shape of small coins.

Mike Finley on the other hand might tend to agree with me, but he has always been a fan of the "Yukon Gold" potato, and he likes to bake them instead of boiling.

I'm willing to give Mike's reasoning more laditude than people who support the egg noodle, but the thing about the "Yukon" that troubles me is...it's so big, and it is hard to heat evenly in an oven.

When baking them, often times the walls get crunchy, and the core can be underbaked and hard.

You cannot mess up the little red / potato coin if boiling.....FACT.

So now I'm weaving down Robert Street. The cars are moving 1/2 the speed that they should be, and Klecko is starting to get annoyed.

"These cars are lined up all over the road, like an anaconda with scoliosis...hey, tell me this Kim, what do you like better, Stroganoff over real potatoes, or topped over those shoe string ones?"

"What" says Ode...."I'm not sure what you're talking about."

The shoe string potatoes. You've seen them, they come in the can, you know....it's about 1/2 the size of a Pringles can."

Kim responded while thinking.....

"Of course I know what shoe string potatoes are, and how they are packaged....I'm just saying that I've never seen, or heard of them being served on shoe strings....."

Klecko sunk deep into his truck seat....had his Toyota slid through some universal portal that spit him into some paralell word?

"Ode....what are you thinking? Remember back when Swanson Hungry Man dinners toured America? Remember when you forced your sister with that crappy frozen beef pot pie so you could enjoy the chicken version?

This was the era that the shoe string stroganoff ruled the world."

She didn't have a clue.

Do you?

If you have a strong opinion on stroganoff....food of the angels, now's the chance to make your voice heard.

24 comments:

  1. I'm with Kim. Never heard of putting things on the canned shoe string potatoes. Well, ketchup, mustard, Tabasco ... but not as if they were noodles or potatoes. I'm not sure what beef-in-sauce on potatoes is, but it's not beef stroganoff. (looks on Wikipedia.) Oh, well, it appears you can put it on anything, and the Russians put potato straws on the side in 1912.

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    1. Htom......I stand in awe, you always seem to know historical truth....well played.

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  2. I have never heard of serving Stroganoff over red potatoes, but I'm totally sold on the idea.

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    1. All one needs is faith Ann....and a recipe LOL

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  3. Not a fan of egg noodles (sorry Kim). Do like over red potatoes, never had with shoe string potatoes but the best? Wild Rice.

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  4. I would prefer potatoes, Yukon Gold or Red. That said, I've never heard of Stroganoff over anything but noodles. This is probably why I've never made it. Now, you've inspired me. :)

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    1. Has the world gone crazy????? LOL, thanks for being a potato girl Cathy....you've never made Beef Stroganoff huh? Never to late...Never to late. If you do make it...Klecko will want a full report.

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  5. Will have to try the potatoes. I'll get back to you.

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    1. MX....I'm making some tonight (and then Ronald Reagan chili for tomorrows football games)...I will want full details, and don't forget....baby red potatoes, cut in coin shapes.

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  6. There is only one option - egg noodles, and they must be homemade - don't even bother arguing with me. I will however give boiled red potatoes their fair shot when I make stroganoff again. The shoestring potato thing will never get tried though - that's just crazy!!!

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    1. Agreed, forget the shoestring then, but covet the Baby Red

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  7. Egg noodles all the way. It's the only way I've ever known! Your red potatoes intrigue me though - I'll have to give that a try.

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    1. Baby Reds Sarah....trust me, you will become LIBERATED!

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  8. I've only ever had stroganoff over egg noodles, but that's me.
    Now I'm thinking I've been missing out, and I want to try to make it over sweet potatoes. I've recently developed a fondness for orange tubers - so sue me.
    Though I will say this: the best kind of beef stroganoff must include mushrooms and pearl onions. Anything less would be uncivilized.

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    1. Maggie, you are a trend setter. I dig your style.

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  9. Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful info specially the last part :) I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this particular information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.
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    1. Jeffrey, I am glad to have you aboard, and if I can be of any further service, let me know.
      Your friend Klecko

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  10. If you subscribe to the Viola Potter school of Stroganoff (my grandma) you serve it over rice because that's the way your husband likes it, he liked everything on RICE (white, instant in her case). We like it on those wide, dumpling egg noodles. As far as potatoes, each potato has it's own merit, varied by your choice of preparation. I like mashed Yukon with horseradish myself, which might pair nicely with the stroganoff !

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    1. Liza Zara, we have held hands on so many concepts...however, i am NEVER going to disagree with a woman named Viola Potter (LOVE IT), and the horseradish addition is stellar, but to side with Yukon over Baby Reds....fight words kid, fighting words I say!!!! LOL

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  11. Viola Potter is definitely the name of a person you don't mess with! My mom, Jane Marie Schue, was an egg noodle traditionalist. We have moved over to rice or wild/white rice mix as our preferred base at our house. I will give the red potatoes mentioned above a try at our next Stroganoff. Horseradish, hmmm...

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    1. Jane Marie Schue it another wonderful name, they just don't name women like they used to LOL

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  12. In Brazil, where I grew up, it was always served over rice. And it is quite delicious that way. :)

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    1. Alright peeps.....rice is starting to make a strong push. Way to go Brazil, and thanks for playing B

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