Stroganoff is the basis of Russia’s gastronomic mythology and its most important export. It is perhaps the only Russian dish recognised around the world apart from borscht or pelmeni. Beef Stroganoff can be found on the menu in tens of thousands of restaurants around the world, and 99% of the time, these will not be Russian restaurants. Soft pieces of tenderloin or other parts of the cow should be used for a good Beef Stroganoff and they should be fried separately from the sauce.
The dish’s name is connected with the 19th-century Russian count Alexander Stroganoff, who, according to legend, invented Beef Stroganoff for his grandiose feasts. Another legend tells that the dish was invented by the count’s French chef, Andre Dupont, when Stroganov lost his teeth due to old age.