Brian's Mock Beef Stroganoff

This is the first in a series of recipes I refer to as "bachelor chow." These are recipes for bachelors who don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but want something tasty, satisfying and at least somewhat nourishing. Obviously, the recipe was inspired by classic beef stroganoff original recipe stroganoff but I wanted something aimed towards the bachelor. Except for the time the dish spends simmering, this doesn't take very long to make. The recipe's hardest feature will simply be in assembling the dish. After the recipe I'll offer a few notes on varying the dish. You know how it is being a bachelor, sometimes when you latch onto a dish you want to keep doing it because it's easy. A few simple variations will help keep the dish from becoming boring.

You should also try to reduce the amount of meat you use in the dish. Portobello mushrooms are bursting with flavor and also have a satisfactorily meaty texture. You can use them to reduce how much of meat you use. Your low fat beef stroganoff in slow cooker should also be made using reduced-fat sour cream instead of regular sour cream which is very high in calories. Recipes that call for cornstarch rather than flour to make the sauce thicken are slightly lower in calories as well because you only need a little bit of cornstarch to make the sauce thick.

Pelmieny is a russian stew dish. The idea of pelmieny originated from Siberia where the winters are very cold and in the past people would make the pelmieny and then hang them outside in the winter where they would freeze naturally.

Bag of frozen Brussel Sprouts: I buy these on sale and keep them stocked in my freezer as well. Depending on the time of the year, brussel sprouts can be expensive, but you really need them to give this crock pot beef stew it's unique flavor.

Note: Sometimes when I feel like changing this up, I drop little tiny home made dumplings on top and of the beef stew just about a half hour before dinner time.