Beef recipes

Steaks

Since grass-fed steaks cook much faster than conventional steaks, and are very easy to over-cook, please check out Cooking tips if you're not already a grass-fed beef cooking pro.  

For the hero steak cuts that are supremely flavorful and tender (e.g., Ribeye, NY Strip) we like to prepare them extremely simply (salt, pepper, maybe some butter and garlic) so no elaborate recipes for them!  

The Chuck Eye steak is generally considered a humble cut, but it's very, very flavorful, and resembles the Ribeye which it's located next to and comes from the same muscle as. We've had very tasty Near Country Chuck Eye with no marinade and minimal seasoning.   

Cuts that are tender but lean -- such as the Filet -- may benefit from sautéing or serving with fattier sauces. Steak Diane is one classic way to add an unctuous sauce to a lean cut, and there are a million recipes on the internet that will also guide you through Diane's dramatic flambé step -- this down-to-earth take skips the open fire and also subs in the lesser-known Petite Tender cut (aka Teres Major). 

Less-tender steak cuts will shine best with a marinade, and in any case we all need some variety, so here are three marinade styles you can try out on a range of your steak cuts. For Ranch steak, Minute Steak and other lean cuts (even Sirloin steak which can also play more of a hero role), here's a nice recipe that uses a marinade and also complements the meat up with reliable companions mushroom and onion.  We also have this Ranch steak recipe recommendation from subscriber Brittany M. of Southeast DC (thanks, Brittany!), which complements the beefy steak with tangy, herbal chimichurri. And we find Minute steak works great as a Chicken-Fried Steak

With Tender medallions, try this Swiss Steak (aka Smothered Steak) recipe, which calls for braising this tasty cut that can be tough if you actually try to cook it like a steak. It's a great recipe for London Broil as well (more on this below under Roasts). 

Chipped steak can be confusing at first glance. Frozen in its packaging, it looks like a thick block. But upon thawing you'll see it's actually comprised of ultra-thin slices. These, friends, can be used for the Philly Cheesesteak, and its lesser-known but totally bombastic New Englander cousin the Steak Bomb.  In our family we also use this cut in Hot Pots!   (To be sure, many recipes call for shaved Ribeye as the thin cut of choice, and those would be delicious, but for everyday cooking, Chipped steak -- which comes from the Round -- works.) 

Chipsteak becoming CheesesteakChipped steak becoming Cheesesteaks

Roasts

As a starting point, it's important to underscore that beef roasts in general, and roasts from 100% grass-fed beef specifically, really benefit from patient cooking times at lower temperatures. If you don't have a slow-cooker or Instant Pot, that's OK, you can use your oven or grill, but be skeptical of recipes that have you cranking the heat up or promising ultra-short cook times. These are likely to dry out and toughen roast cuts, whereas a lower-temperature cook allows collagens and fats to dissolve into and permeate the flavorful meat without losing too much moisture.  (A notable exception is London Broil - more on this below.)

It took the internet by storm a few years back, but in our household now, Mississippi Roast is a workhorse dish. We serve the peppery meat with rice or quinoa, then repurpose leftovers in sandwiches or tacos. The recipe for our favorite version is behind a New York Times paywall, but there are plenty of free versions a click away as well.  By the way, the Times and some others use Chuck roast, and that works great, but so do the roast cuts from the round, e.g, Rump roast, Top Round roast, Eye roast, Sirloin Tip roast

Mississippi roast baby
What happens with Mississippi Roast in our family

This pot roast is mostly a standard take on the classic recipe. Easy to make and heartily delicious, it's become our other roast standby.  

The British have a Sunday Roast tradition, and customer Lindsay T. who hails from the UK and now calls NoVA home heartily recommends this Jamie Oliver recipe -- note that what the Brits call "Topside" we call Top Round roast. Germany's classic pot roast, Sauerbraten, uses ample vinegar to put the "sauer" in what's a sweet-and-sour dish: Customer Janell S. from Bethesda recommends this recipe which uses Eye roast and herself produced this delectable result:    

Sauerbraten

London Broil can be a little confusing. First, to get one thing out of the way: London Broil was not created in England but rather here in our US Mid-Atlantic region! - in Philadelphia, in the inter-War years, according to James Beard.  London Broil is a preparation style that can be applied to various cuts; your Near Country London Broil cuts come from the Top Round, which is why we group it with roasts. But what good butchers and cooks do with London Broil is create a steak from a roast - yes, using high-heat cooking. Here's a recipe that has the key marinating and cooking steps well laid out. 

Ground beef

A well-made burger from 100% grass-fed ground beef is better than its conventional beef cousin, but if not made with care, it is true that a grass-fed burger can dry out easily. An elegant way to make amazing burgers from your grass-fed ground beef is to shred in some onion, as in this short and sweet recipe

Burger

This Korean Beef Bowl recipe is extremely fast to make, and tasty both for eaters who appreciate Korean flavor profiles, and those who aren't all in on all Korean (read: it does not have kim chi in it... but you can certainly serve it on the side!)  Sticking with Asian takes on ground beef, how about "Japanese-Style Meat & Potatoes," a versatile, light stew made aromatic with fresh ginger. 

Don't laugh about this Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole -- well, OK, laugh, but also try it: It's a winner for kids, Keto/Paleo eaters... and really everyone.

Then there's meatballs, which can of course be put on spaghetti, but can be featured in other ways as well -- this recipe for "everyday" meatballs gives you four applications. 

Miscellaneous

  • Soup Bones: In your soup pot these impart nice collagen and minerals from the bones and bone marrow, as well as beef flavor of course from the meat. If you allow your soup to boil, you'll get these benefits from the soup bones -- which is enough for many home cooks -- but much of the meat may end up too tough to eat. With a low-and-slow cook that doesn't get above a simmer, the meat will not be as tough and you can carve it off the bone and include it as a tasty feature in your soup. (The soup bones are basically thin-cut osso bucco -- a dish that's cooked with a long braise.)  There are lots of flavors that work well with beef soup - a good combination to start with is tomatoes, mixed vegetables and greens.  
  • Oxtail: Here is a delightful Caribbean-style oxtail stew recipe

 

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