Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff is a fantastic family-friendly meal that’s perfect with rice, pasta, or potatoes. My favourite way to use leftovers.
My Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff has always been popular, both online and in our house. But my recipe has changed slightly over the years, so it’s time for an update for 2020. Basically, it’s meatier!
I’ve also removed the recommendation to sub sour cream with yoghurt, after some feedback that it had separated.
However the recipe has evolved, it’s always been a tasty, and kid-friendly beef stroganoff recipe that my whole family love.
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I don’t know about you, but I love a big Sunday roast.
When it comes to meat, I love them all, it just depends on what I fancy. Whatever we have, one of my favourite things in the world is creating an awesome leftover meal with whatever is left.
If you are wondering what to do with Leftover Roast Beef, easy beef stroganoff could be perfect.
Your meat stays nice and soft, and deliciously moist, which means this recipe for Beef Stroganoff is brilliant.
You can also make beef stroganoff with leftover steak, following this recipe.
Having plenty of Leftover Beef I always think gives you a big advantage when it comes to your meal plans.
You’ve got a great Monday or Tuesday meal ready without having to buy expensive ingredients or put much effort in.
You’ve already got cooked beef, and you can have this gorgeous meal ready in little more than 30 minutes.
Cooking Stroganoff from Scratch
With some meals, I still use jars of sauce or packets of mix.
Sometimes, they taste pretty good, and if you are in a rush, or don’t have much time but want the kids to eat something that’s not chicken nuggets and chips, opening a jar of bolognese sauce isn’t the end of the world (totally recommend adding some sliced mushrooms and peppers though!)
But I would always recommend cooking stroganoff from scratch. It’s super simple and really easy to adjust to your own taste preferences, and from-scratch stroganoff sauce always tastes so much better than any pack mix that I’ve ever tried.
It’s well worth it, and not that much harder/more time-consuming!
What is Stroganoff Sauce Made Of?
The basics of stroganoff sauce are soured cream and stock, or broth. In this case beef. It’s then flavoured with mustard and often, paprika.
It’s a super yummy flavour, and easy to adapt. I love to add plenty of mushrooms to my stroganoff recipe too.
Can You Make Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff Without Soured Cream?
Personally, I think leftover roast beef stroganoff with sour cream is the best option, but if you fancy a stroganoff with your leftover roast beef, and don’t have soured cream, you could try substituting something like Crème Fraiche or cream.
I used to recommend yoghurt as a sub, but following some feedback I’ve stopped. However, if you do want to try, full-fat dairy is always less likely to separate than low-fat or fat-free.
I’ve also been told that cream cheese works well. I’ve not tried it myself though, so couldn’t say either way. Again though, if you do try cream cheese, I’d opt for full-fat.
Some recipes also make leftover roast beef stroganoff with cream of mushroom soup, but this isn’t something that I’ve tried.
What is Beef Stroganoff Served With?
Stroganoff is often served with rice or pasta, but can also work well with potatoes, especially mash which is just so comforting.
We usually serve our Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff with tagliatelle, just because it’s a favourite and we’ve usually got some in.
I also really love beef stroganoff with egg noodles. But honestly, I’d eat pretty much anything with noodles!
If you’ve got leftover potatoes from Sunday lunch, and even leftover veg, don’t waste them, warm them up and serve with your stroganoff.
Can You Freeze Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff?
You can freeze beef stroganoff to eat another day, even if it is with leftover roast beef. Simply cool quickly by removing from the heat and placing in a cool tub, seal when cool, label, and freeze.
It will last for at least a month, just thaw it fully in the fridge and then cook until the meat is hot all of the way through.
I’d warm it gently in a frying pan until piping hot, adding extra beef stock if needed.
However it’s worth remembering that the more you cool and reheat foods, the more they degrade, and the more the risks grow.
Personally, I might cook this and freeze for another day, or freeze leftover beef to make this recipe with another day but I wouldn’t cook this, serve it, and then freeze the leftovers of my leftovers.
If you have any questions about reheating or freezing leftover meat, I like to use this article as a guide.
Can You Use Fresh Beef?
The sauce in this recipe is perfect for making stroganoff with fresh beef.
You could use a pack of diced beef, but I find outside of a casserole it can be quite chewy.
I recommend using steak.
Fry whole in a pan over a medium heat, until cooked as you like it, remove from the heat, and slice into strips.
Then follow the recipe below.
Other Leftover Roast Beef Recipes
If you like this beef stroganoff using leftover roast beef, you might also want to try some of these roast beef leftovers recipes:
- Goulash with Leftover Beef
- Leftover Roast Beef Burritos
- Leftover Roast Beef Cottage Pie
- Beef Chow Mein
- Leftovers Fried Rice
- Leftover Beef Curry
- Leftover Roast Beef Casserole or Hotpot