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Beef in Lemon Sauce

Beef in Lemon Sauce

Three things prompted me to make this dish: the fact that I'd gotten some very cheap top sirloin at the supermarket, the fact that this recipe was fairly simple and the fact that I've never had beef with lemon sauce before. I liked it! It was indeed very easy to make and the flavor was quite nice - not that different from stroganoff, but a bit fresher.

If you don't have top sirloin, you can use any other tender cut or already cooked beef. Make sure you get fatty bacon for this dish - you need the fat to cook the beef. I found this dish to be just salty enough, but you may need to season it a little bit more if you like saltier food.

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Beef in Lemon Sauce


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 ½ lbs top sirloin, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp butter, lard or bacon grease
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


Cook bacon in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Remove bacon and set aside. Cook beef cubes on bacon grease until cooked through, stirring often. Turn off heat and cover to keep warm.

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter or fat over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, followed by the beef stock. Turn off heat and gradually add the sour cream, whisking to incorporate. Add the lemon juice, lemon peel and sugar and whisk well.

Put the beef back on the stove over low heat. Pour sauce over the beef. Add the reserved bacon and stir well. Cook for about five minutes, stirring frequently, and serve.

Adapted from recipe in Melanie de Proft's The Hungarian Cookbook: 151 Most Flavorful Hungarian Recipes, 1955.

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