There are two commonly accepted stories about the origins of beef stroganoff. The first claims that beef stroganoff was created in 1891 by a cook for Count Pavel Alexandrovich Stroganov by the name of Charles Briere in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is said that he submitted the recipe to the culinary magazine l’Art Culinaire. A different story says that the dish was created for Count Grigory Stroganov by an unknown cook because he was no longer able to chew tougher meats due to having lost his teeth.
However, there are similar recipes that date back to before either of those stories. For example, the oldest published recipe appears in an 1871 cookbook by Elena Molokhovets. This recipe was based on bouillion rather than broth and did not include mushrooms. It’s likely that beef stroganoff is a variation on older, traditional recipes and that its true origins are unknown.
Strips of beef sauteed with mushrooms and served with a sour cream based sauce
Beef, flour, salt and other seasonings as desired, oil for browning the meat, onion, mushrooms, beef broth, sour cream