What does “Divided” mean in a recipe?

I consider myself a pretty fair cook. I’ve cooked some all my life, but when I hurt my foot, and couldn’t get around very well, I subscribed to the service “HelloFresh“. They send you everything you need to cook meals included a nice cardstock recipe. No recipe they sent me, none that I’ve found in a book or online ever had the term “Divided” until today.

I had to look it up to see what they meant. It seems that “Divided”, in a recipe is a head ups more than a specific action. Like if the recipe calls for “1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, divided” it would mean that in the instructions you will use part of the cheese at one point and later instruct you to use the rest of the cheese. Recipes that have layered ingredients is a good example of this use.

Skillet Beef Stroganoff With Mushrooms

Ingredients
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
3/4 cup sliced onion
6 tablespoons butter (divided)
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour (divided)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound round steak (about 1/2-inch thick, cut into very thin strips)
1 1/4 cups beef stock
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup sour cream
Optional: Noodles or rice, for serving
Optional: Chopped parsley or chives, for garnish

Steps to Make It
In a skillet over medium-low heat, cook mushrooms and onion in 4 tablespoons of butter until tender. Remove vegetables from the butter; set aside.

In a food storage bag or shallow bowl, combine 4 tablespoons of flour, salt, and pepper; dredge meat in the flour mixture.

Place the skillet on medium heat and add the remaining butter to the skillet. Brown beef quickly in butter; sprinkle with remaining seasoned flour left after dredging the beef. Stir until blended.

Add the beef stock and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet; simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the beef is tender.

Stir the remaining 2 tablespoons of plain all-purpose flour into the sour cream until smooth.

Add the sour cream mixture to the meat mixture, stirring to blend. Add mushrooms and onions back to the skillet; cook over low heat until thickened and hot. Do not boil.

Serve the beef stroganoff over hot cooked rice or noodles.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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