One of the shows we love to watch at home is Beat Bobby Flay. I know, I know. It is a cooking competition, which have become entirely too common, too dramatic, and are not much about the actual cookery. But Beat Bobby Flay is one of the few food competitions that I actually like because they are really cooking, sweating, and grinding. Also, the judging is entirely anonymous which makes it feel that much more legitimate. I love to see chefs bring their trademark dish- the dish they are most proud of- and go head-to-head against Bobby Flay. Spoiler alert: Bobby Flay usually wins, but that makes it so much sweeter when the opponent finally comes out on top.
The other night, we were watching an episode where the opponent brought their trademark dish- Beef Stroganoff. I had forgotten about Beef Stroganoff and how much I loved it as a kid. It was never very fancy- beef in a mushroom sauce- probably made with Cream of Mushroom or the like, some salty beef stock, and tangy sour cream- all served atop egg noodles. I can still remember slurping those egg noodles. In the Beat Bobby Flay episode, porcini mushrooms and a medley of other wild mushrooms were used, the egg fettuccine was homemade, creme fraiche replaced the sour cream, and the beef? Both Bobby and his opponent used filet mignon. Very fancy, indeed.
I suddenly got a craving for Beef Stroganoff after watching that show, but I only had mushrooms on hand. I had made a note a while back to try Sam's beautiful Creamy Miso Mushrooms on her blog, Drizzle and Dip, and I thought it would be a good starting point to get a mushroom-based stroganoff. Mushrooms would provide meatiness and miso would help get that salty richness that I wanted to mimic. Like her, I serve this on toast, but I made a few changes to lighten up the dish and give that slight tang of a stroganoff. I use thick Greek yogurt to mimic the sour cream since I did not have any in the refrigerator, and parsley and chives at the end adds a bright and fresh note. I add in some navy beans for extra bulk and a little texture, but you could leave them out or replace them with chickpeas.
Eat as is or top with an egg like Sam. Or serve the mixture atop little crostini for a lovely appetizer. It would be perfect for this holiday season. I will still have to make real Beef Stroganoff soon, but this most definitely satisfied my craving for that classic, rich, comforting dish.
Miso Mushroom Stroganoff Toast
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 pound mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced (I used a mix of cremini and shiitake)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup canned navy beans, drained
3 1/2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon miso paste
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (I used 2 %)
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
salt and pepper to taste
Slices of your favorite hearty bread, toasted (I used a seeded multi-grain)
Melt butter over medium heat. When butter begins to foam, add mushrooms, stir to coat, and allow to cook until golden and tender, about 8-10 minutes. Try not to stir the mushrooms too much to get a nice color on them. Add the garlic cloves and navy beans and cook another minute more.
In a small bowl, mix together the water and the miso paste. Add to skillet, scraping any bits from the bottom of the skillet, and allow to cook until some of the liquid has evaporated and mixture has thickened. Remove from heat, swirl in Greek yogurt, herbs, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve atop toast. Enjoy! Makes enough to top 3-4 large pieces of toast.