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Meredith Willson's Beef Stroganoff

Updated: May 9, 2022

I had the good fortune to recently see the smashing Broadway revival of "The Music Man," starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. Who knew Mr. Willson, the songwriter, could cook as well? Here's his recipe for Beef Stroganoff from "Cooking As You Like It" by Jane Weeks Martin, 1963!

Meredith Willson's


Serves 4-6

2 pounds round steak

3 tablespoons butter

½ cup minced onions

½ pound mushrooms, sliced

1¼ teaspoons salt

⅓ teaspoon garlic powder

¾ teaspoon freshly ground

black pepper

2 teaspoons A.1. Sauce

I 8-ounce can tomato sauce

2 cups sour cream

Have the steak cut thin, then into strips 1½ inches long by ¼ inch wide.

Melt the butter in a skillet; sauté the onions 5 minutes. Add the meat and brown it. Mix in the mushrooms, salt, garlic powder, pepper, A.1. Sauce, and tomato sauce. Cover and cook

over low heat 30 minutes or until meat is tender.

Just before serving, mix in the sour cream. Heat, but do not let boil. Serve with rice

or noodles.


Mr. Willson's bio page, from "Cooking As You Like It."

Ms. Martin's attractive cover.

Hugh and Sutton bust some moves in the current Broadway revival.

Looks like there's more fun than trouble right there in River City!

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