Thursday, February 26, 2009
This Mock Beef Stroganoff Looked Good When I Made It . . . .
But it ended up tasting crappy-ish.
Last night, I took one of my favorite recipes from my meat eatin' days, Grandma Roach's Beef Stroganoff, and tried to veggie hack it using these steak-style strips from Lightlife. Instead of beef broth, I used mushroom stock and vegetable broth. I also omitted the sherry and the tomato paste, and substituted olive oil for the butter.
The result was that, while the mushroom sauce was fine, the mock steak strips killed the dish. The steak strips were way too salty and, when I bit into them, I encountered this flavorless, sponge-like, texture. I ended up picking out the steak strips and eating the "beef" stroganoff without the "beef." (For others' opinions on Lightlife steak and/or chicken-style strips, I refer you here.)
Had I just bought a couple of large portobello mushrooms, cut them into strips, and used them instead of the Lightlife steak strips, I think the dish would have been fine.
Now, I'm afraid to use the package of Lightlife's ground beef that's been sitting in my 'fridge for the last two weeks. I'm open to suggestions.