Cheesesteak Sandwiches

This is definitely NOT an authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich, but it’s good nonetheless. While it looks like there are a lot of steps, this is a really easy recipe.

Ingredients:
1-3 lb. eye of round roast
1 small onion
1 green pepper
1/2 c Worcestershire sauce
1-2 t seasoned salt
6-8T butter
Hot sauce
4-8 slices provolone cheese
4 good quality buns, ciabatta, etc.
salt and pepper to taste
  1. If the roast has thawed, place it in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes. If it has not thawed, remove it from the freezer and let it thaw for approximately 30 minutes.
  2. Slice the onion and the pepper into strips.
  3. Very thinly slice about half of the roast. Having the roast partially frozen will make this process easier.
  4. Melt 2T butter in a heavy frying pan.
  5. Add the onions and cook until softened.
  6. Remove the onions, add more butter if needed and cook the peppers until just starting to soften.
  7. Transfer the peppers to the plate with onions.
  8. Melt 2T butter in the pan, and add the meat in a single layer.
  9. Let it cook for approximately 1 minute until it has started to brown.
  10. Flip it over and cook the other side until brown.
  11. Add the Worcestershire sauce.
  12. Sprinkle in hot sauce to taste (5-6 shakes for spicy, 2-3 for mild).
  13. Add another 2 T of butter to finish the sauce.
  14. Return the onions and peppers to the pan and stir to combine.
  15. Turn off the heat and layer the cheese over top of the meat and place a lid on it.
  16. While the cheese is melting, toast the buns.
  17. When the buns have toasted, ladle onto the buns being sure to spoon the sauce on top.

Pioneer Woman’s Steak Bites

I read a blog called The Pioneer Woman, and she’s always got some great recipes on her site. I had to share her steak bites. They are great for a party, but you’ll need to open the windows because the butter does smoke.

Ingredients:

1 sirloin or round steak
4T butter, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cut the steak into approximately 1″ chunks, cutting off any fat or gristle.
  2. Season the meat with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a heavy frying pan over mdium-high to high heat.
  4. Add 2T butter, and let it brown but not blacken.
  5. Place some of the meat into the pan and let it cook without stirring for 30-45 seconds.
  6. Flip the meat over and let it cook for another 30 seconds.
  7. The meat should be browned on the outside and still rare on the inside.
  8. Remove the meat, add in another 2T of butter and repeat the process.

Grilled Round Steak with Gorgonzola Butter

My sister Sharon makes this, and it is so yummy!

Ingredients:
1 round steak
2/3 c. red wine
2T balsamic vinegar
2T grill seasoning
1/3 c. olive oil
3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
1/4 c. butter, softened
3-4 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, softened
chopped chives
ground black pepper
  1. Mix together red wine, balsamic vinegar, grill seasoning, olive oil, and garlic in a plastic baggy with the round steak.
  2. Let marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, up to 24 hours. Slosh around the mixture every 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. In a food processor or with a fork, blend the cheese and butter. Add chopped chives and ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Remove the steak from the marinade and broil or grill the steak for 6-8 min. per side for medium to medium-well.
  5. Slice thinly on a diagonal against grain and top with pats of the gorgonzola butter mixture.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Great for parties!

Ingredients:
Meatballs
1 lb. hamburger
salt pepper
nutmeg

Sauce:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 cup ketchup
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. cornstarch
chopped onion

Meatballs:

  1. Mix the salt, pepper and nutmeg with the meat.
  2. Shape into small meatballs (about 1 inch diameter).
  3. Place on an oven tray and bake at 350F until cooked through, approximately 25-30 minutes.

Sauce:

  1. In a saucepan, mix all the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Add cornstarch to thicken.
  3. Pour over meatballs.

Tante Lenie’s Stoofpotje

A traditional Dutch dish!

Ingredients:
leftover roast or raw stewing beef *
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter
3 onions, chopped
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 can of tomato paste
1 tsp red hot pepper
1 beef bouillon cube
1/4 cup sweet soy sauce (Ketjap)
boiling water
lemon slices, optional
  1. Cut leftover meat or stewing beef into small pieces.
  2. Heat oil and butter until brown.
  3. Add the meat and onions.
  4. When brown, add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for approximately 3 hours.
  5. Serve with vegetables and mashed potatoes.

* This can be made with stewing beef or leftover roast. This recipe is for raw stewing meat. If using leftover roast, it does not have to simmer as long.

Roast Beef

Ingredients:

1 prime rib roast
2-3 cloves of garlic, cut in slivers
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
1 1/2 tsp dried mint
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
  1. Cut slits in the top of the roast and put in slivers of garlic.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients and spread this over the top and sides of the roast.
  3. Roast in 325F oven till a meat thermometer reads 140F for rare or 150F for medium rare.
  4. Remove and tent with foil for 15 minutes.

Slow Simmered Zesty Blade Roast

This one is from my mother-in-law!

Ingredients:
2-3 pound blade roast
salt and pepper
2-4 tbsp oil
2 diced onions
4 cloves garlic
28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp horseradish
  1. Generously sprinkle the roast with salt and pepper
  2. In a large pan, heat the oil and sear the beef on all sides. When it is brown, remove from pan.
  3. If needed, add more oil and cook the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients including the roast. Simmer for about 3 hrs. turning the roast every half hour.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes

Garlic-Crusted Sirloin Tip Roast

This is one of my favourite roasts!

Ingredients:
1 sirloin tip roast (2-4lbs.)
10 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp salt or kosher salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 500F.
  2. In a bowl, smash the garlic and salt with a fork until a thick paste is formed.
  3. Drizzle in the oil and add the pepper.
  4. Place the roast on a rack in a roasting pan and smear the mixture on all sides of the meat.
  5. Roast for 30 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to 275F and roast until a meat thermometer reads 140F for medium-rare – approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil. Let rest for approximately 15 minutes before carving.

*From www.canadianliving.com

Ground Beef

Ground beef is insanely versatile. It can be used in tomato sauces, on nachos, for hamburgers, and the list goes on. It is an economical cut, and I like to have some stashed in my freezer year round!

Stew Beef

Much as the name implies, stew beef is good in stew. In the winter, I like to toss veggies, some frozen tomatoes from my garden, an assortment of herbs, and a package of stew beef into my slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours and dinner is ready with very little thought! Recently, a friend suggested a summer use for stewing beef. She marinates the beef for a couple of hours and then grills it on bamboo skewers with some onions, peppers, and zucchini. I can’t wait to try this one!