German Pork Casserole or That Other Stroganoff

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Lacking a garnish I know…

My husband has never had the Oh So Delicious Pork Casserole thingy that I was introduced to when I was a 16 year old exchange student in Germany. Until now…

His description really hit it right on the nail. “It tastes like Stroganoff!” But with some differences. Like pork. And Spaetzle

My host mom made this dish for special occasions, like my host brother’s Confirmation celebration. The best thing about this dish, besides the noodles, everything else is thrown into a casserole dish and baked.  Not a lot to it.

The deal with the ingredients is this. There are several ingredients that, if your not in Germany or are not near any specialty stores, are hard to find. Schmand? Krauter FrischKase? Yeah, it’s not easy to translate either. Although FrischKase is basically a herb cream cheese. Schmand, well its like Sour Cream, but not.

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Theres a few things I left out, Butter,Some italian herbs, Chives, boiled eggs…

My mom and I searched on the internet a long time and found a solution on how to get those ingredients without having to necessarily buy them. We found other ingredients and essentially made a similar substance.

If you can’t get Schmand and Krauter Frischkase try this: 18oz Cream Cheese (herbed preferably), 2 cups of cottage cheese (my mom blended this so it was smooth), combine these together until very smooth and fold in 1 cup heavy whipping cream. This will solve all Schmand Problems!

I didn’t follow my German Recipe to the T, I left a few things out, but still tastes just as good. This Feeds Four, if you count 1 porkchop per person. Or 2 for 2 per person.

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This is a very self explanatory, just do what the directions say.

Pork and proscuitto Mushrooms Schmand and Frishkase mixing together On top of onions cheese done

It’s a very hearty meal. Expect to be full!
ENJOY!

 

The Ease of Beef Stroganoff

 

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Okay So it was a cool day outside, with minor rain showers. So the best thing on a Rainy day, a warm and creamy meal.

Beef Stroganoff:

Ingredients:

I used Beef Pieces (For stew) 2lbs

8-12 ounces of Mushrooms (Quartered, or halved)

Onions (Chopped, Sliced, whatever you prefer)

1 can of Beef Broth

1 Can of Cream of Mushroom

1/2 cup of Sour Cream

2-4 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Parsley for garnish

Seasoning for Meat:

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Powder

Flour (Enough to toss the meat in, to coat)

Beef mixe Browning1st Step:  Take the Beef and Toss in the seasoning and flour, In a (Lidded) Skillet with 2tbsp olive oil, brown beef, Once browned take beef out and set aside.

Mushrooms quartered Mushrooms and Onion All of it combined2nd Step: In the Skillet, Add Quartered Mushrooms and Onions and cook until onions are tender, (Depending on how much oil is still in the pan, you may have to add 1-2 tbsp.)

 

Add Beef, and stir to combine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add Broth and Cream of Mushroom, set heat to low. Put lid on the skillet and cook on low for 30 minutes, until liquid is thickened. (If it hasn’t thickened, (Add a corn starch water mixture (About 3tsp starch/3tsp water shake before pouring in the skillet, stir into mixture, bring to a boil for 1 minute) It should thicken up.

 

 

 

Adding Sourcream

See it should be a mushroom brown color.  This is when I added Parsley ( A few teaspoons for color)

Add Sour Cream before serving (Taste sometime you may need to add a little more salt), Top The plate with a little parsley  for a vibrant contrast.

 

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And Dig in! You can serve this with any other noodle, rice, potatoes. Combinations are endless.

Just think Prep is quick and the stroganoff itself only takes about 30 minutes to cook, Right before the sauce is done, Cook your noodles and have them ready.