Tonight’s main dish was leftover beef stew from Saturday’s big batch. Stas had been asking for it for awile, and I had been promising it for awhile.
I normally use McCormick’s Beef Stew packets and just add my own vegetables and pre-cut “beef stew cuts”. But this time, I wanted to challenge myself. (Plus, Market Basket didn’t have any of the beef stew packages!)
I used a recipe for “Hearty Beef Stew” from Cook’s Illustrated. Now I’ve never liked beef stew – whenever my mom made it growing up, she’d always cook a separate meal for me. But I tried some of Stas’ on Sunday and LOVED it – so I was actually really excited to have some tonight:
But that’s not what this post is about. (I’ll blog about the stew and how to make it the next time I make it.)
This post is about the side dish. I’m a big fan of vegetables, so I wanted something extra to eat with my beef stew. I normally just heat up some frozen broccoli in the microwave, but I wanted a change.
I normally make a variation of this salad for Stas, using full-fat sour cream and I add in tomatoes or radishes. Stas looooooves this salad. Why? Because it combines the 2 types of “Russian crack”: dill and sour cream!
Sour cream is something else that I didn’t think I liked until this past weekend. I used to love it on my baked potatoes as a kid, but over the years I’ve acquired an aversion to most full-fat dairy. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a tub of the fat-free variety to use in a recipe (which I never did). Not wanting it to go to waste, I opened it last night and mixed some in with my sauteed mushrooms… and it was yummy!
So tonight, I wanted to enjoy more of it! Hence, my salad…
Step 1: Gather all ingredients:
- seedless cucumbers (I like the mini seedless cukes, but European cukes work just as well)
- sour cream (fat-free or regular)
- optional: tomatoes or radishes
Step 2: Cut cucumbers into tiny quarter-sized slices:
Step 3: Sprinkle with salt and chopped dill (amounts will vary by taste):
Step 4: Add a dollop or two (or the whole tub if you’re Russian) of sour cream:
Step 5: Mix and enjoy!
It was a strange side to go with the beef stew, but oddly enough I was craving both of them, and they were extremely satisfying 🙂
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