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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff #SundaySupper

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work! |

The best recipes always seem to have a story behind them, and today, I have a funny one. It involves beef stroganoff, a purse and a bike ride.

This is my best friend Laurie. She likes good food and wine, even when it’s from a plastic champagne flute:

Several years ago, we lived a few blocks from each other. One night, we decided to ride our bikes across town to one of our favorite restaurants. It’s basically a little hole-in-the-wall in a nondescript strip mall near the railroad tracks. You know, that part of town. But they have amazing comfort food. Including the best beef stroganoff in the world. It’s decadent and creamy, and the meat just falls apart in your mouth.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work! |

This beef stroganoff is so rich and delicious that you can only eat a small portion of it, yet it comes in a huge portion. So, Laurie had quite a big plate of leftover stroganoff in front of her when we finished our meal. She asked for a to-go box, and was presented with one of those flimsy styrofoam clamshell-type boxes. That’s when we remembered we had taken our bikes to dinner.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work! |

Never one to waste food, Laurie decided to forge ahead anyway. She packed up her leftovers in this flimsy box, and then carefully nestled it inside of the large purse/bag she had brought. I knew exactly what was about to happen, but I couldn’t talk her out of it. We got back on our bikes and decided to ride to Dairy Queen for dessert.

As soon as we get there, I hear Laurie say “Uh oh. There’s…..a problem.” And sure enough, noodles, meat and creamy sauce was everywhere in that purse. All over her wallet, her phone and all the other accessories she was carrying. I laughed because I saw it coming, but felt bad about laughing, because the purse was really cute! I’ve lovingly referred to this situation as “The Beef Stroganoff Incident of 2008″ ever since.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work! |

This week’s #SundaySupper, sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards, is about recipes  that have a story behind them. This Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is creamy and comforting, and a cinch to pull together. I used Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot, which lends a fruity richness to this hearty dish. Use this store locator to find a bottle yourself and serve this classic dish to your family and friends. Just warn them not to put the leftovers in their purse, under any circumstances.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work! |

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 small English cut beef chuck roast (about 2 pounds), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 package (16 ounces) old fashioned wide egg noodles
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. In large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until browned; stirring occasionally. Transfer mushrooms to bowl of slow cooker.
  2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until browned; stirring occasionally. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine and cook 1 minute, using spoon to scrape browned bits from bottom of skillet. Transfer meat and drippings to slow cooker.
  3. Add garlic, bay leaf, onion, broth, mustard, Worcestershire and vinegar to slow cooker; stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
  4. Just before the slow cooker timer is up, cook noodles according to package instructions; drain.
  5. Use wooden spoon to coarsely break up beef in slow cooker. Add sour cream; stir to combine well.
  6. Serve stroganoff over egg noodles, garnished with parsley.

Adapted from Serious Eats.

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62 Responses to “Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff #SundaySupper”

  1. Liz — March 23, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I always make my stroganoff with ground beef, but it looks amazing with chuck! Definitely a must try recipe. And what a great story…I bet you never make this dish without a little giggle :)


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:51 pm

      Oh, I’ve never seen it with ground beef, but I bet it’s tasty like that, too!

  2. Renee Dobbs — March 23, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Oh my. Beef stroganoff inside a purse must have been such a huge mess. At least you both can laugh about it now.


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:51 pm

      Yep, I guess that purse was a small price to pay for this hilarious story. Thanks Renee :)

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  8. Family Foodie — March 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I have been trying to incorporate more slow cooker recipes into our dinners — looking forward to adding this fabulous recipe!


  9. Alice Choi — March 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Beef Stroganoff all in her purse!!! AH! but it sounds like it was a fabulous night and hey, it inspired you to make this delicious slow cooker beef stroganoff right? . . love this!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:50 pm

      Since it wasn’t MY purse, I can say that it was all totally worth it for this recipe ;)

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  14. Katie — March 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Oh my gosh – your story is cracking me up! It sounds like what happened to your friends leftovers is something that would happen to me.

    And I have never actually had beef stroganoff before – is that a weird confession? I don’t know why – it is one of those classic comfort dishes I know everyone tends to love! Yours looks seriously yummy…


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:50 pm

      I’ve never eaten at Burger King before. is that the same?

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  16. Wendy — March 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Yum! I’m sure the slow cooker makes this meat so very tender! I use my slow cooker as often as possible, so need to whip this one up for a comfort food meal very soon!!!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

      Definitely, Wendy – the meat was super tender! I’m making this way every time now.

  17. Heather — March 23, 2014 at 10:48 am

    ha ha ha! What an awesome story! It’s memories like this that last a lifetime (at least). I love that cute bicycle glass – and the stroganoff sounds amazing.


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

      Thanks, Heather. I love my bicycle glasses, but they’ve never been “topical” to the post itself until today!

  18. Jodee Weiland — March 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Great story! Delicious recipe. I love the recipe and the ingredients. Thanks for sharing!


  19. Samantha Ferraro — March 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I have never made stroganoff but this is SOOO my kinda meal! Oh and the plastic flutes make me laugh because at our wedding, someone poured beer instead of champagne in our wedding flutes..muwahhaha Happy #SundaySupper :))


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

      Hahaha, BEER in plastic champagne flutes! It just doesn’t get much classier than that. Love it :)

  20. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious — March 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Ugh, I am imagining what that mess looked like in the purse. Hoo-ee! Wipe that outta my mind. I want this bowl of delicious for dinner!


  21. The Hubs — March 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I wish I had present for that bike ride . . . But, I have laughed every time you mention BSI08 – from that night when you got home and told me it happened to reading this post years later. Great story. And your version of the dish definitely did justice to the inspiration.


  22. Cindys Recipes — March 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Great story, Lori! We all do things like that we come to regret. Glad you both can laugh about it. I never made stroganoff in a slow-cooker sounds like a great idea!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

      Thanks, Cindy! The meat turned out super tender, so I think the slow cooker was the way to go.

  23. Bobbi Renee Hass-Burleson — March 23, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    LOL I could just imagine the same thing happening to me!! You must have read my mind because I have been craving stroganoff! I love the fact that I can do it in the cock pot now thank to you :)


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

      I have fallen in love with my slow cooker this winter, and am convinced anything can be made in there!

  24. cupcakekalechip — March 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    That story is hysterical! And I love your recipe! What a great way to simplify this comfort food by using your slow cooker!


  25. Laurie — March 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I’d do it again…for some of that BEEF STROGANOFF! mmm! :) Thanks Lori!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

      This reminds me….I need to get some carryout from Christine’s :)

  26. Courtney @ Neighborfood — March 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    That is a fabulous story. I would have done the same thing. I absolutely hate leaving leftovers behind, especially for something as delicious as beef stroganoff. Stroganoff in a purse sounds pretty terrible though! I’m definitely pinning this. I can never have too many slow cooker recipes and stroganoff is the Mr’s favorite!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

      THE WORST is when you have your leftovers all boxed up and accidentally leave them on the table! Even if you run back in 2 minutes later, they are always in the trash already! haha.

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

        Agreed! That sinking feeling when you’re halfway home and realize you left it behind. Nooooooooooo!

  27. Shaina Wizov — March 23, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    LOL oh no! Beef stroganoff is one thing I would not want to carry around in my purse. I’ve obviously never had this dish, but the ingredients all sound reeeeeally tasty. I’d like to try a vegetarian version!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

      Mushroom strogranoff would be great, Shaina! Maybe with several different kinds of mushrooms?

      • Shaina Wizov replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

        Ohhhhh good idea! I love mushrooms. Sounds like a fun challenge, I’m gonna do it!

  28. Constance — March 24, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I make Beef Stroganoff almost the same way, and I also use chuck! :D


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

      Oh, good, Conni! This was actually only my second time making it, I think, so I’m glad I did it right!

  29. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — March 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

    So fun! A fabulous story, great wine and a recipe that would brighten even a Monday. FAB!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

      Thanks, Jane. Mondays are made for slow cooker meals, I think.

  30. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere — March 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    The question is, was it more depressing that the purse was ruined, or that there were no stroganoff leftovers? :)


  31. Nancy — March 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Oh gawd, I cringed as I was reading the story because I totally saw it happening. And I can totally see it happening to ME – I’m always putting all kinds of questionable crap into my bag, flimsy styrofoam take-out containers included! I just printed this recipe out. I cannot wait to try making this in my new slow cooker!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 6:44 pm

      The other day, I found a long-lost CHIP CLIP in my purse. I mean, seriously, why?

  32. Tammy @ — March 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Your story about your friend made me giggle! What kind of egg noodles do you use? I’m always looking for a good wide noodle but they all seem so narrow even when they say they are wide. The stroganoff looks amazing by the way.


  33. Lori | Foxes Love Lemons — March 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Tammy, I had the same problem – it seemed like all of the egg noodles were narrow and not what I wanted. Then my husband spotted the Mrs. Miller brand noodles at the store:

    They were a little bit more expensive than a bigger brand, but so worth it!


  34. Lori | Foxes Love Lemons — March 24, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    The worst ever? You’ll laugh at this, because it actually involves OSU.

    Years ago, the Michigan basketball arena used to have THE BEST cinnamon roasted almonds. I would go to basketball games (almost) just for these almonds.

    I went to a UM/OSU game. I’m not sure who won, but I do clearly remember that I bought almonds, but since I had just had a big dinner, only ate a few. I wanted to take them home and eat them the next day or something.

    Yeah, in the commotion of grabbing my coat and all that jazz after the game, totally left them there, in the cupholder.

    I realized when I was about 20 minutes away from Ann Arbor.

    And I legitimately considered turning the car around to see if they were still there.


  35. Alida — March 24, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I keep saying I need to get a slow cooker, but you have definitely inspired me! This looks so tender and delicious!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 25th, 2014 @ 10:22 am

      Thanks, Alida! Slow cookers are definitely handy to have, no question!

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