Last minute dinner sorted: Cook mushroom stroganoff tonight

Mushroom stroganoff - quite a delicious little treat.

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Mushroom stroganoff – quite a delicious little treat.

You can keep your quorn – for my money, the best plant-based alternative for meat is an actual plant: the mushroom. (They should be for your money, too; you can buy the amount of mushrooms required for this recipe for $5.)

In texture and ability to take on flavour, mushrooms mimic meat, especially beef, extremely well. They’re a whole food, entirely unprocessed, and very quick and easy to both prepare and cook.

This vegetarian take on the beefy classic is lighter and healthier while still creamy and satisfying – the perfect early autumn dish. Best of all, you can have it on the table in under 30 minutes.

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* Recipe: Beef Stroganov
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Mushroom stroganoff

by Nicola Galloway

Crème fraiche is best for this recipe but there is the option to use store-bought sour cream, however the thickeners in the cream may affect the consistency of the sauce so add extra stock as needed.

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

1 tbs olive oil

½ onion, finely chopped

2 tsp smoked (sweet) paprika

400g button mushrooms, quartered

200g crème fraiche (or sour cream)

2-3 tbs chicken or vegetable stock

Small knob of butter, about 20g

4 small gherkins, sliced

Handful of parsley, roughly chopped

Cooked white rice or fettucine to serve

Method

Heat oil in a heavy-based frying pan over moderate heat. Add onions and sauté without colouring for 5 minutes.

Add paprika and mushrooms and cook 4-5 minutes until mushrooms soften.

Stir in crème fraiche, stock, butter and three-quarters of the chopped gherkins. Bubble gently for a few minutes until the sauce has melted together. Season to taste with salt and freshly cracked pepper.

Take off heat and scatter with the parsley and remaining sliced ​​gherkins and serve immediately, with fluffy white rice or buttered fettucine.

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