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Cowboy Camp Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is an old recipe. I stumbled on the history while researching recipes for cow camps and ranches. This very old Russian dish was created for Russian aristocracy by a French chef, was brought to America by Russian émigrés. Who doesn’t love a good beef recipe in a delicious sauce?

My guys have never cared for the twang of sour cream used in most Stroganoff recipes, but they really liked this version made with buttermilk. The traditional dish pairs mushrooms, beef and sour cream. One son likes the mushrooms, another does not. Sometimes I have mushrooms on the side. You can make your own version.


2 lb. beef shoulder

3 tablespoons shortening

1 1/2 cups clear beef broth

1 cup of sour buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons onions, chopped

1 tablespoon flour

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Slice meat into pieces as thin as possible, about 1/4″ thick and 2″ long. Salt and pepper the meat. Melt shortening in a cast iron skillet, add meat and onions. Cook over medium heat until meat is done.

For the sauce, cook together shortening and flour, until it is of a medium consistency. Not a thick paste. More shortening can be added if necessary. To this add the beef broth, stir well. Cook over medium heat, and bring to a slow boil. Stirring continually. Add the sour buttermilk. Add meat and onion mixture to the sauce and gently simmer until well heated. Serve with mashed potatoes, rice or egg noodles. Note: To sour buttermilk, let it stand in a covered bowl until thick.


Keep a watch out for my newest book, Keep ‘Em Fed and Keep ‘Em Rollin’ which will be published in Fall 2020. This is one of the many recipes you’ll find inside, authentic chuck wagon and cow camp meals that can be cooked in your kitchen today. I am continuing my research, spending afternoons in museum archives searching for authentic and timely recipes and photos. Step back in time with me and into the days of the great cattle drives. If you have kids who love horses, I have two easy readers for grades 3rd and 4th about rescue horses and second chances. These are true stories!