I took one look at tomorrow’s forecasted high of 1F (one. degree.) and decided to get my outdoor run completed today instead. Because today was a balmy high of 5F and I’d be crazy to waste that kind of warmth.
But really, dreadmills and indoor tracks are no party, so I force myself to don those sneakers and face the freeze whenever possible. I brought Mr. Olde English Bulldogge along since he’s been going stir crazy.
My stats today were awesome:
The number of times Bulldog suddenly halted me mid-run to do his business = 5
The number of times my frozen fingers dropped Bulldog’s leash = 3
The number of times I tripped over Bulldog’s leash and fell = 1
The number of times I saw another human being outside = 0
Clearly, I’m not bringing Bulldog next time. And I’m apparently the only wacky person who deliberately chose to step outside.
Everyone has been hunkering down and staying cozy these past 2 weeks when Minneapolis turned into City of Polar Vortex. I obviously miss California on days like this. But. The silver linings: lavender scented candles, warm fleece slippers, and this utterly comforting Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff…
Whenever the cold weather hits, I’m all about comforting slow cookers meals or bumping up the oven to warm up the house.
I love my Crock-Pot’s ability to make the house smell amazing as it slowly cooks our dinner all by itself. This Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is basically hands-off after you toss all the goodness in the slow cooker. Set it, forget it, and eat it later.
This beef stroganoff is intensely flavorful, supremely tender, and blankets all with comfort.
Plus, this is a pretty healthy meal to start the year off right. Serve this slow cooker beef stroganoff over egg noodles, GF noodles, rice, or some crusty French bread.
Here’s to warmer days ahead and beef stroganoff til then.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe
This is the best Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe yet. It’s extremely tender, juicy, and huge on flavor. Perfect for any busy weeknight, yet delicious enough for company.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 6 hours
- Total Time: 6 hours 15 mins
Yield: 6-8 1x
- 3 TB salted butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 lbs boneless beef sirloin, sliced into strips
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 can (10.75 oz) French onion soup
- 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
- 4 oz regular cream cheese, fully softened
- 8 oz Greek whole plain yogurt
- Freshly chopped parsley or chives for garnish
- Other: cooked egg noodles, GF noodles, or rice to serve
- In a large pan, heat butter over medium high heat just until hot. Add onion and garlic, stirring until translucent, 1-2 minutes. Add beef, kosher salt, and black pepper; sauté 2-3 minutes or until beef is just browned on the exterior.
- Transfer beef mixture into slow cooker. Add French onion soup and mushrooms. Cover and cook on low 5 hours or just until beef is tender.
- Soften cream cheese by microwaving it in a bowl for 30 seconds at a time, until it is fully soft. Stir to ensure it is completely smooth. Very gently stir smooth cream cheese and Greek yogurt into the beef stroganoff (don’t over-stir, as this may cause tender beef to break apart.) Cover and continue to cook on low another 30-60 min. Gently spoon beef and sauces over noodles or rice of your choice. Garnish as desired.
Leftover beef stroganoff (without noodles or rice) can be kept in airtight container in fridge for 2-3 days. Gently reheat on stovetop or microwave before spooning over noodles/rice.
- Category: main dish
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