sausage stroganoff finale

A Sausage Stroganoff Recipe from Bettys Cook NookHit Me Baby One More Time

Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts – we’re on for another taste bud adventure compliments of this sausage stroganoff recipe!

This isn’t the first time I’ve waxed on about stroganoff (it’s the fourth time to be precise) but it may be the last. Sadly I think this is the final stroganoff recipe in my Mom’s cookbook. As the last Betty’s Cook Nook meal of the year this dish marked the perfect culinary dismount to a wacky and wild 2020!

So What Makes This Recipe A Classic? 

Well, a couple of things. For starters I’m 99% confident this recipe hails from an early 1980s Southern Living magazine clipping; I recognize the recipe’s font (see the original clipping below)!

Secondly I incorporated a hidden weapon ingredient which you can learn more about below: the Wendish noodle is a blast from the past and it has a special connection to this recipe and the people of Texas. Incoming story below!

Tip: If you just prefer the recipe please fast-scroll to the Foodie Tips section below. If you want to enjoy a random family story about early Texas in the 1800s, please grab your favorite beverage and read on!Texas Wendish Heritage Society Wendish Noodles

A Little Bit About Dime Box

It all started harmlessly with a random pic my Cousin Alison texted of a likely relative “Adolph Hannes” who surely lived in the greater Dime Box, Texas area. Dime Box is the birthplace of my Maternal Grandmother “Nanny” who was ironically also one of my bestest of friends when I was a kid. Dime Box isn’t a big city – in fact even today it’s an unincorporated community of about 1,100 residents. But for the European immigrants who claimed it as home, they found Dime Box a small but magnificent place that rests on the eastern Texas prairie offering big sky views and wide open spaces that could cultivate new beginnings.

A Dram by Henry Kruemcke and Adolph HannesAfter a few online queries I learned Adolph’s picture was from a 1961 book “Texas Wends – Their First Half Century,” authored by Lillie Moerbe Caldwell.

Texas Wends tells the magnificent story of how in 1854 the Wendish people of Lusatia (east Germany and southern Poland) fled to Texas in search of religious and political freedom. After 3 months at sea on the Ben Nevis clipper ship they disembarked in the port city of Galveston and ventured by wagon and foot to Serbin, Texas which is just a few minutes drive from Dime Box and 69 miles from where I live today. The story of the Wends is wild and wondrous and sadly 1 in 8 of the 588 crammed ship voyagers lost their lives on their journey to Texas. I had hoped to connect the Wends to my nuclear family (was I Wendish?) but after receiving the book I quickly combed through the Ben Nevis’ ship manifest only to find no surnames that I recognized. Regardless, Adolph’s picture proved my family was friends of the Wends!

There on page 80 of Texas Wends was a picture of Adolph Hannes that became a remarkable key to a chapter in my life that has connected the past with the present! Adolph shared a surname with my grandmother “Nanny’s” husband Harry Hannes and there in the pic Adolph was enjoying a “dram” with his friend Henry Kruemcke. I quickly and luckily discovered a hardbound copy of the book on eBay and it’s now in my library. I did some Ancestry.com research and discovered that Adolph is my Grand Uncle! #MicDrop

Texas Wendish Heritage Museum, Serbin, TexasInto The Car We Went

Soon after geeking out on our family lineage Cousin Alison and I decided to travel to Dime Box and nearby Serbin to inspect a few things. We visited the Hannes-Old Dime Box cemetery where we saw several headstones bearing our family’s surnames (Hannes and Hejtmancik). It was surreal being in the very origin of our Texas roots! A 20-minute ride from Dime Box landed us just outside Giddings in Serbin. We visited the Texas Wendish Heritage Museum, its next door historic painted St. Paul Church and while taking in the historic sights we learned about black wedding dresses, the art of decorating Wendish Easter Eggs and low and behold we scored the glorious egg noodles that are made on site and that I used in this recipe!

We’ve made two trips back thus far and are planning a third. We’ll return to the Dime Box Heritage Society Museum where we gratefully discovered family photos and artifacts with ease. And of course no trip would be complete without paying our respects at the Heritage Museum where I plan to reunite the Texas Wends book to the Memorial Library of its author, Lillie Moerbe Caldwell.

So there you have it – how a little noodle has great big ties to this recipe and newly-discovered great chapters of my family history! I never underestimate the power of food.

Foodie Tips

❤  The Wendish noodles are about 3 inches in length and have an al dente (“to the tooth”) texture that I love. No soggy noodles here! Don’t live near Serbin, Texas? No worries – you can score your noodles online!

❤  I cooked the Wendish noodles separately according to the package instructions then poured the stroganoff on top to serve. On my next go of this recipe I think I’ll add the uncooked noodles and let them simmer in the stroganoff per the original recipe instructions below – they will likely absorb more of the tasty stroganoff flavor.

❤  Fan of the stroganoff? Luckily there are a few more you can try out here on Betty’s Cook Nook. Click and scroll down!

i. Time

Total prep: About 45-60 minutes.

Sausage Stroganoff Ingredientsii. Ingredients

1 pound  bulk pork sausage
1 cup  white onion, finely chopped
1 cup  green pepper, finely chopped
16 ounce can  diced organic canned tomatoes (Kirkland)
8 ounces  sour cream
1 cup  water
1 tablespoon  sugar
2 teaspoons  kosher salt
2 teaspoons  chili powder
8 ounces  egg noodles (Wendish noodles if you can)

Texas Wendish Noodlesiii. What To Do

1. In a skillet over medium heat combine sausage, onion and green pepper and stir until the sausage is brown and the onion is tender. Drain off the pan drippings.

Sautéing Sausage StroganoffHow To Make Sausage Stroganoff2. In a separate bowl combine the tomatoes, sour cream, water, sugar and seasonings. Stir this mixture into the sausage mixture.

Simmering Sausage Stroganoff3. Gently stir in the noodles. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Stir occasionally.

Yield: 4-6 servings

~ Patrick

Betty’s Son
Founder and “Nostalgic Food Blogger” of Betty’s Cook Nook

Sausage Stroganoff Recipe Betty's Cook Nook

A Scan Of Mom’s Original Stroganoff Recipe Clipping

One more time: This video may not qualify as an antique or vintage… but it’s certainly retro!


souper chicken casserole

one "souper dooper" chicken caasseroleSustenance.

The 70s taught us all how to eat efficiently while having fun in the process. While the fare wasn’t “Cooking with Clara,” 1970s food was more about function than today’s fanciful foodie forms.

But practical dishes like “Souper Chicken Casserole” didn’t stop mom from putting TLC into everything she made.

I think you’ll find this a tasty dish that will not disappoint the tummy.

i. ingredients

1 can | cream of celery soup
1/2 cup | milk
1 can | swanson’s boned chicken or turkey
2 cups | cooked and drained noodles
1 cup | cooked and drained, lima beans
2 tablespoons | diced pimientos
¼ cup | buttered bread crumbs

ii. what to do

0. Preheat oven to 375°F.

1. In 1-1/2 quart casserole, blend soup with milk; fold in chicken (or turkey), noodles, lima beans, pimientos. Top with bread crumbs.

2. Bake about 25 minutes at 375°F.

3. How easy is this?

Serves 4. Or 2 “Me”s.

Enjoy!

Foodie Tips ~

Love extra chicken, limas or bread crumbs? We do, too!
Buttered bread crumbs? Or you can use Italian-seasoned crumbs from a can (they are “molto bene”).
You might want to keep the defibrillators handy when shopping for the Swanson’s canned chicken. Ours cost $4/can from Kroger and we doubled the recipe. So next time we’ll be cooking our own chicken!

mom's souper chicken caasserole recipe


beef in casserole

Before Hamburger Helper, There Was Beef In Casserole.

where's the beef? it's here. beef in casserole!

This dish is really easy to make, and even easier to eat! I’m not convinced it served 8… but then again it was the 1970s… when food portions were smaller sized… and like hips… eyes were wide.

i. ingredients

1 pound | ground beef
2 teaspoons | salt
2 teaspoons | sugar
1 16-oz. can | diced tomatoes
1 8-oz. can | tomato sauce
2 cloves | garlic, crushed
to taste | fresh ground black pepper
1 8-oz. package | thin egg noodles
1 cup | sour cream
1 3-oz. package | cream cheese
6 | green onions, chopped with some of the tops
1 cup | cheddar cheese, grated

ii. what to dobeef in casserole ~ making the noodle mixture

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine and simmer 5-10 minutes: the beef, salt, sugar, tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic and pepper.

3. While that’s all simmering, boil the noodles, drain and fold-in the sour cream, cream cheese and chopped onions.

4. In a greased casserole, arrange in layers ~ the meat mixture, noodle mixture and grated cheese.

5. Heat until bubbling, about 35 minutes @ 350°F.


Foodie Tip ~

  Just 1 cup grated cheese? Um, how about 4… or more!?

Mom’s actual recipe card shown below!

betty's beef in casserole


sausage stroganoff

A Sausage Stroganoff Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook

Ahhh … Mom’s sausage stroganoff recipe – I remember it well! 

This is a hearty meal that reminds me of crisp fall days and warm fall nights, compliments of this savory dish.

This is one of my favorites and super easy to make. So easy, in fact, that Mom didn’t write out instructions on how to make it ~ just a list of the ingredients!

Rah, simplicity!

Foodie Tips ~

 For you stroganoff fans out there give Mom’s Beef Stroganoff recipe a whirl. It’s a different take on this beef stroganoff and just as tasty.

 Sausage Stroganoff is a dish inspired from Russian cooking. I Googled “Russian Food Facts” and found this interesting passage …”Russia is mainly a northern country with a long-lasting cold winter. The food should give us much energy and warmth to survive during the winter time. So, the essential components of Russian cuisine are the ones, which provide more carbohydrates and fat rather than proteins.”

High fives to the folks who love carbs as much as I do!

i. ingredients

1 pound | owens regular sausage
½ pound | owens hot sausage
1 can | campbell’s golden mushroom soup
8 ounce carton | sour cream
to serve | cooked egg noodles or jiffy brand corn muffin mix (the muffins are my favorite)

ii. what to do

1. Start your noodles or corn muffins and while they are getting ready…

2. In a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat, brown the sausages together. Drain grease from the meats and return it to your pan.

A Sausage Stroganoff Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook3. To your sausage mixture fold-in the soup and the sour cream until well blended.Sausage Stroganoff On The Stove

4. When warmed through, you’re done!

Serve on top of your prepared egg noodles or corn muffins.

I remember Mom would just whip-up corn muffins straight from the box, cut them in half horizontally and serve each half topped with a generous spoonful of the stroganoff.

A cleaned plate makes a happy belly!

~ Patrick

Betty’s Son
Founder and “Nostalgic Food Blogger” of Betty’s Cook Nook

A Sausage Stroganoff Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook

A Scan Of Mom's Original Sausage Stroganoff Recipe

A Scan Of Mom’s Original Sausage Stroganoff Recipe

Mom's Sausage Stroganoff Recipe

This is the original sausage stroganoff picture I posted on May 25, 2011 shortly after Betty’s Cook Nook was born. As camera technology and my own photo skills have improved over the years I decided to update this recipe with some more modern pics above. I’m leaving this one parked here for sentimental reasons!