One of my favorite celebrity turned chef authors is Tiffani Thiessen. Yes I did watch 90210 back in the day. But my favorite TV moments of Tiffani’s were in her role as Elizabeth Burke on White Collar (must see if you have missed it) and in her very own cooking show Dinner at Tiffani’s. Her cooking show was based on planning, cooking and having guests for dinner. I tried many of her recipes and LOVED them. She is definitely my kind of cook. When her book came out I bought it immediately. I am sharing her Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff With Creamy Polenta. If you are not a polenta fan – egg noodles would be a terrific substitute. My husand’s great idea was to save the broth and buy deli roast beef and use it as au jus (dipping sauce) for french dip sandwiches during the week – which was both brilliant and delicious.
Beef & Mushroom Stroganoff With Creamy Polenta
For the Polenta
- 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 cups coarse cornmeal or polenta (not instant)
For the Stroganoff
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 Spanish onions thinly sliced
- 1 large shallot thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 4 cups sliced mushrooms such as oyster, maitake, cremini or shiitake
- 12 ounces beef sirloin, thinly sliced ask your butcher to slice it for you
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 cups packed baby spinach leaves stems trimmed
- sour cream for serving
- chopped fresh parsley for garnish
- grated lemon zest for garnish
For the Polenta
- In a medium saucepan, heat 4 1/2 cups water over medium heat. Add the salt and bring to a boil. Whisk in the polenta and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring frequently to eliminate lumps and prevent burning, until the polenta is thickened and cooked through, about 15 minutes.
For the Stroganoff:
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and shallot and cook, stirring, until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until the liquid released by the mushrooms has evaporated and the mushrooms brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs from the mixture and discard. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Set aside.
- In the same skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the brandy, return the skillet to the heat, and use your spoon to scrape up all the bits on the bottom of the pan. Let the brandy simmer for 2 minutes. Add the broth and let it come to a simmer. Stir in the spinach and let them wilt before returning the mushrooms and meat to the pan. Cook just long enough to heat through. Adjust the seasoning with the salt and pepper, if desired.
- Top the polenta with the stroganoff and serve with sour cream, parsley, and lemon zest.