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Beef recipes

Beef is still America's favorite meat. Whether you're enjoying a grilled steak, a juicy burger, or a savory stew, beef 's deep, hearty flavor is sure to come through.

BUYING BEEF

Choose meat that is bright to deep red; any fat should be creamy white. As with all meat, color is a good indicator of quality. Cut edges should look freshly cut and moist; never wet. Vacuum packed beef is darker and often looks more purple than red. Last, remember that the names of steaks and roasts often vary from state to state: A "strip steak" in California is known as a "shell steak" in New York.

ABOUT GROUND BEEF

Some of America's favorite dishes start with ground beef: meat loaf, meatballs, burgers, chili, and casseroles, and that's just the beginning. Its popularity is well deserved: It delivers big time flavor at relatively low cost.

About beef

Beef recipes with pictures

Here you can find many beef recipes with pictures and tips about how to prepare beef.

Tip for beef recipes

If you're not cooking steaks, roasts, or even ground beef within 6 hours of getting them into your refrigerator, remove the store packaging, place the beef on a plate, cover loosely with wax paper, and set in the coldest part of your refrigerator for no more than 2 days. (The store's plastic wrap aids bacterial production in your refrigerator's humid environment).

Sesame Steak

In a large resealable plastic bag or shallow glass container, combine the first seven..

Marinated Flank Steak

Puree all ingredients except steak in a food processor. Pour marinade into a large..

Sloppy Joe

In a skillet, brown sausage, beef and onion. Remove from the heat; drain. Remove the..

Swedish Meatballs

In a bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Crumble meat over mixture and mix..

Garlic Grilled Steaks

In a small bowl, mash garlic with salt to form a paste. Add the oil, lemon juice...

Down Home Beef Stew

Coat beef cubes with flour. Brown in hot oil over medium high heat while stirring. Drain..

Berry Nice Brisket

In a bowl, combine the flour and broth until smooth. Stir in the cranberry sauce..

Miniature Meat Pies

In a skillet, over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Stir in chili sauce, soup..

Herb Marinated Chuck Steak

Combine onion, parsley, vinegar, oil, mustard, garlic and thyme. Place beef chuck..

Oriental Beef Steak and Noodles

Combine water, hoisin sauce and wine vinegar; reserve. Heat large nonstick skillet over..

Quick and Easy Beef Gyros

Combine yogurt, cucumber and dill weed. Cover and refrigerate. Cut cooked..

Roast Beef Quesadillas

Place onion and bell pepper in small microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave..

Asian Beef Kebabs

Wooden skewers, soaked several minutes in water Place steak cubes in plastic..

Mediterranean Beef Kebabs

Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 112 inch cubes. Place meat cubes in..

Beef and Stilton Pie Recipe

Preheat the oven 400°F (200°C). Heat the oil and butter in a saucepan over low..

How to make Beef Lasagna

Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat, add the onions, and..

Ragu Beef Recipe

Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan,add the onions, and cook on..

Beef Stew Meat Recipe

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Heat the oil in a large cast-iron casserole, add..

Best Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Soak the porcini mushrooms in 1¼ cups boiling water for 30 minutes. Heat the..

Beef with Prunes

Put the beef in a mixing bowl, add the pepper and cayenne, and mix well. Heat the oil..

Beef and Salsa Recipe

Combine beef, salsa, chiles and green onions in medium skillet; cook for 5 min..

New York Sirloin Steak Recipe

Cut the garlic cloves in half. Rub the garlic over the steaks on both sides. Rub the steaks..

Korean Steak Recipe

In large zip-tight plastic bag, combine soy sauce, sugar, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil..

Spiced Flank Steak Recipe

In mortar with pestle or in zip-tight plastic bag with rolling pin, crush coriander seeds..

Beef Shank Recipe

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Dust the meat with a little flour, then..

Roast Rib of Beef Recipe

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Rub the beef all over with olive oil, and season with..

Meat loaf done right

It's important to cook a meatloaf just until cooked through so that it remains moist and tasty. In our recipes we give the exact time needed to cook up a flavorful loaf. But you can also use an instant-read thermometer, which is the most fail-safe way to determine doneness for ground meat in loaves and in patties. Insert the thermometer into the thickest portion of the loaf or in the middle, inserting it halfway in. For patties, insert it horizontally until it reaches the center. The thermometer should read 160°F. Be sure to wash the thermometer before you reinsert it if needed.

Cooking beef

To cook up a tender piece of beef,it's best to match the cut of meat to the right cooking technique.

Broiling, grilling, and pan frying

Choose porter-house steak, T-bone steak, London broil (top round), top loin, rib-eye, sirloin steak, tenderloin, flank steak, skirt steak, cube steak, minute steak, and ground beef.

Braising and stewing

Choose chuck roast, brisket, short ribs, shin (shank cross cuts), and oxtails. Cubes for stew are usually cut from boneless chuck or bottom round, but chuck gives the moistest results. Bone inch cuts add flavor and body to stews. Roasting: Choose standing rib roast, tenderloin, ribeye, eye round, and tri-tip.

Cooking ground beef safely

Disease causing bacteria like E. coli contaminate only the surface of food, so the inside of a roast or steak is not affected. The bacteria are killed when the outside of the food is exposed to high temperatures, when grilling and roasting, for example. When beef is ground, any outer surface contamination gets mixed throughout the meat. The bacteria on the surface of a grilled burger may be killed, but unless the interior of the meat is cooked to 160°F, dangerous bacteria can still be present. To eliminate this danger, always cook ground beef until well done. When pressed in the center, a burger or patty should feel firm and spring back.

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