This easy Pork Stroganoff recipe is quick, creamy, comfort food with a lighter twist. Tender pork combines with buttery mushrooms and sweet apples in a tangy sour cream sauce.
Several years ago, I created a recipe for pork meatballs to serve over buttered noodles. The dish has a sweet and savory flavor with a creamy sauce that includes hard apple cider. Those meatballs have a cult following amongst some of my friends. I decided to eliminate the step of making meatballs and recreate that basic recipe into this delicious and creamy Pork Stroganoff. Usually I think of traditional stroganoff as cold weather comfort food. But I think this variation is perfect for going into Spring. My pork stroganoff has a short, simple list of ingredients. Your whole family is going to love it!
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What is Pork Stroganoff?
Traditional beef stroganoff is a Russian dish with cooked beef in a sour cream sauce. For my pork version of stroganoff, ground pork replaces the beef. The pork tastes lighter than beef, costs less per pound, and the ground meat is sure to be tender. The problem I run into when making stroganoff with sliced beef is the beef is sometimes chewy and tough. In my recipe, the ground pork is mixed with buttery mushrooms and fresh apple. I really like pairing a little sweet flavor (from the apple) with a savory dish. White wine, chives and sour cream round out the sauce.
Ingredients for Pork Stroganoff
- Ground Pork – use a one-pound package of lean ground pork, not sausage.
- Mushrooms – I like a white mushroom for this recipe. Be sure to remove the stems and just use the tops of the mushrooms.
- Apples – the apples provide a nice sweetness to balance the earthiness from the mushrooms and the tart flavor from the sour cream.
- Butter – if you use salted butter, you won’t need to season the dish with as much salt at the end.
- Sour Cream – when cooking, I always use full-fat sour cream, not low-fat. The sour cream makes the sauce extra rich and creamy.
- White Wine – choose a dry white wine, like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. If you don’t like to cook with wine or don’t drink, you can substitute the wine with either chicken broth or apple juice.
- Chives – for this recipe, I use this brand of lightly dried chives because it saves some time, but if you have fresh chives, use them. Fresh parsley can be a substitute for the chives if you prefer.
- Onion Flakes – this is another time-saving step, you can use 1/2 a chopped, fresh sweet onion instead if you prefer.
- Salt and Pepper
- Egg Noodles – cooked according to package directions and drained
How to make Pork Stroganoff
Cook the ground pork in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until it’s no longer pink, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Remove the pork to a clean bowl. To the same pan, melt some butter and cook the mushrooms until browned. Add the apple and cook until starting to soften. Add the wine and simmer for a couple of minutes to cook off the alcohol. Return the pork to the skillet. Season with salt, pepper and dried onion and simmer for a few minutes. Turn the heat to low and stir in the sour cream and chives.
Meanwhile, cook egg noodles according to package directions. Drain the noodles and return them to the pot. Stir in the remaining butter, sour cream, chives and salt to the cooked noodles until the butter is melted. Add the pork mixture to the buttered noodles and stir to combine. Serve immediately. Or store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to three days. This dish reheats well in the microwave. Just top with some additional sour cream to serve.
What is the best cut of meat for stroganoff?
I think this is a matter of personal opinion. I like using ground meat, whether I’m making this pork stroganoff or if I’m making a beef stroganoff recipe. Ground meat (pork or beef) is fool proof. It’s going to be tender each time. Thinly sliced pork fillet can be used in place of the ground pork. However, you have to be careful not to overcook the pork as it can quickly become tough.
The National Pork Board recommends cooking pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, followed by a three minute rest.
You could even make this creamy stroganoff sauce and then stir in some leftover pork roast if you have it, for a quick and easy dinner that utilizes leftovers!
What wine goes with Pork Stroganoff
A dry white wine pairs well with this dish. I always cook with wine that is good to drink. For testing this recipe, I used a Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Grigio or un-oaked Chardonnay are also good choices.
Can you freeze Pork Stroganoff?
I don’t think this is a dish that would freeze well. I doubt you’ll have many leftovers! Which can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. My Pork Apple Meatballs are a recipe that does freeze well.
- Since my Mom’s passing from dementia complications, I’m always keen to find simple ways to support my own brain health and educate others to do the same. Organic Lions Mane Natures Rise is an organic mushroom extract powder that helps boost your brain’s focus, cognition and memory. Add a couple of scoops to your stroganoff at the end when you stir in the sour cream.
- Add a side of Air Fryer Asparagus or Skillet Green Beans for a complete, healthy meal.
- Here’s a frying pan similar to what I used for this recipe
- How to clean and prep mushrooms for cooking
- Airtight containers for storing the leftovers
- 12 oz egg noodles
- 1 lb lean ground pork not sausage
- 8 oz white button mushrooms stems removed and sliced
- 2 apples peeled, cored and chopped fine
- 1 cup sour cream
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 tbsp lightly dried chives or use fresh
- 2 tsp dried onion flakes
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground pork until no longer pink, breaking up with a spoon or heat-proof spatula. Transfer the cooked pork to a clean bowl.
- To the same pan, melt three tablespoons of the butter and add the sliced mushrooms. Cook until the liquid is mostly evaporated and the mushrooms are lightly browned.
- Add the apples to the skillet and cook for a few minutes, until the apples are starting to soften.
- Add the wine, bring to a simmer and cook for a minute or two, so the alcohol cooks off.
- Add the cooked pork back to the pan, season with the onion flakes, one teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir in 1/2 cup of the sour cream and 1 tablespoon of chives. Turn off the heat.
- Meanwhile, boil a large pot of salted water and cook the noodles according to the package directions.
- Drain the noodles and return them to the pot. Stir in the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 cup of sour cream, 1 tablespoon of chives and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir until the butter is melted and the sour cream is blended into the noodles.
- Stir the cooked pork mixture into the noodles and serve.
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