This dish is a variation from the original beef Stroganoff.
Instead of beef, I used crab stick and bocconcini in a delicious creamy tomato sauce. It is even better when served topped with potato sticks.
Stroganoff or Stroganov is a Russian dish (строганов, stroganov) of sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce with smetana (cream). It has become popular around the world, with considerable variation from the original recipe. It is very popular in Brazil, not only made of beef but also made with chicken or shrimp.
Crab (or krab or Kani-kama) sticks is a imitation crab meat flavour stick typical of Japan. It is made of starch and finely pulverized white fish that has been shaped and cured to resemble the leg meat of snow crab or Japanese spider crab.
Bocconcini are small mozzarella cheese balls the size of a quail egg. They were once made only from the milk of water buffalo. Nowadays, they are usually made from a combination of water buffalo and cow’s milk. Bocconcini are semi-soft, white, and rindless unripened mild cheeses packaged in whey or water, have a spongy texture and absorb flavours.
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Onion - chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic - minced
- 1 can Tomato purée - I used Elefante tomato extract, a famous Brazilian brand - In Canada, buy it here
- 4 cups Water - boiling
- Salt - to taste
- Pepper - to taste
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Dijon
- 1 cup Milk
- 3 tbsp All-purpose flour
- 1 can Corn
- 500 g Crab sticks - diced - surimi flakes/kani-kama
- 500 g Fresh mozzarella - bocconcini or buffalo mozzarella - in medium cubes
- Herbs - parsley, chives, basil and oregano - optional to taste
- 1 cup Cream - Whipping or heavy cream
- Potato sticks - Brazilian Extra Fine Potato Sticks are the best - In Canada, buy it here
- Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, soft and fragrant. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, constantly stirring, not to let brown.
- Pour 1 cup of boiling water and give it a quick mix.
- Add the tomato sauce (I used Elefante Tomate Sauce, a famous Brazilian brand - In Canada, buy it here), remaining water (rinse the tomato sauce jar with the remaining water - pour the water into the jar, twist on the lid, shake gently - and then pour the water).
- Add salt and pepper to taste, Sugar, Soy sauce, Dijon and corn.
- Add the flour dissolved in milk. Stir, let it cook for about 10 min over medium heat until boiling and thickened.
- Add diced Crab sticks and Fresh mozzarella (bocconcini or buffalo mozzarella) in medium cubes.
- Turn off the heat and add the cream.
- Mix until well until cream is perfectly incorporated.
- Then serve immediately with potatoes sticks (Brazilian Extra Fine Potato Sticks are the best - In Canada, buy it here) and white rice.
- Note: the dish should be served as soon as it is removed from the heat so that the cheese does not lose consistency. Or you can mix the cheese on the plate.
Adds colour, flavour and consistency to dishes. The Elephant has been popular in Brazil since the 40s.
- large pan
- silicone spatula
- Chef’s knife
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