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Pistachio-Crusted Beef Ribeye Roast with Holiday Wine Sauce

Happy Holidays to you all! I hope you’re enjoying this magical time of year.  I have so many cherished memories from Christmas’s growing up.  This year I’m really looking forward to beginning new traditions with my own family.  I have already shared some of my ideas with my husband, whom quickly informed me that nearly every suggestion I had involved food (you’re all shocked, I know).  Honestly though, can you blame me?! From baking ridiculous amounts of goodies (that will never all get eaten), sipping cups of hot cocoa after an afternoon of sledding, cracking nuts from their shell (because any other time of the year it would just be annoying) to carving into the beautiful holiday roast when the entire family gathers around for dinner.  There are countless traditions this time of year that revolve around foods we all love.

I am pleased and excited to bring you a wonderful recipe that I invite you to share with your friends and family this holiday.  Whether you’re hosting Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day lunch or a New Year’s Eve celebration, this roast presents beautifully and the flavor is divine.  It is sure to create memories and be a tradition that your entire family will look forward to for years to come.

Merry Christmas to you all and I hope you have a safe, warm & deliciously memorable holiday!

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Pistachio-Crusted Beef Ribeye Roast with Holiday Wine Sauce
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1 beef Ribeye Roast Bone-In (2 to 4 ribs), small end, chine (back) bone removed (6 to 8 pounds)

1/2 Cup unsalted shelled pistachios, finely chopped
1/4 cup coarsely crushed coriander seeds
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper

Holiday Wine Sauce:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
1 cup beef broth, divided
1 cup cabernet sauvignon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Before I begin, I would like to point out that, for demonstration purposes, I used a small 2 lb/single bone roast.  Therefore, my photos may not be entirely relatable to the roast you prepare.

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Combine seasoning ingredients; press evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.
    IMG_9473I went with a bone-in roast because I think it makes such a fabulous presentation and it just feels like Christmas!  A boneless would work great as well. 😉

    Place roast, fat side up, in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat or touching bone. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 350°F oven 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 hours for medium rare; 2-1/2 to 3 hours for medium doneness.
    IMG_9478Please note, I had to place my roast facing this direction due to the size.  A larger roast would face the opposite direction, ribs in line with rack.

  2. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 145°F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°-15°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)
  3. Meanwhile prepare Holiday Wine Sauce. Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms and shallots; cook and stir 6 to 9 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and browned. Remove from skillet; keep warm. Add 3/4 cup broth and wine to skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 12 to 16 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Combine remaining 1/4 cup broth and cornstarch in small bowl. Whisk cornstarch mixture and pepper into wine mixture; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add thyme and mushroom mixture. Season with salt, as desired.
    IMG_9479Yumm..this sauce smells so delicious!
  4. Carve roast into slices; season with salt, as desired. Serve with Holiday Wine Sauce. 

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Simple Holiday Appetizer: Steak & Toasted Walnut with Arugula Flatbread Pizza


The holiday season is in full swing, which means parties and events every weekend!  Whether you’re hosting or are a guest, odds are you’ll make a dish to share with others.  If you’re anything like me, your biggest fear is having that “one dish” that goes untouched and people avoid taking.. yes, I’m speaking from experience. It stinks.

It’s much more enjoyable to be “THAT DISH” that everyone is raving over and asking the recipe for! The secret to achieving this status is to offer something that is unique and outside of the box- but not too far (once again, been there-done that).  Something that people can recognize, but maybe haven’t heard of and are willing and excited to try!  So stick to the classics and put a new, festive and healthy twist on it!

This flatbread recipe is so simple to make and is sure to be a hit at your next holiday event.  It has the versatility to be served as an appetizer or as an entree!  This savory steak, melted Italian cheese blend with toasted walnuts on a light multigrain crust is topped with fresh citrusy arugula which combines for a wonderful delicious flavor!

Oh, and be prepared to share your recipe 😉

1 tube Artisan Whole Grain Pizza Crust
2 Tbsp Olive oil
Dash Salt
1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1 6 oz. Package Tyson Grilled & Ready Seasoned Steak Strips
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1 package of Italian Blend Cheese
1-1 1/2 Cup Chopped Arugula
1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Dash pepper

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and roll out pizza dough.  Press into a 13×9 rectangle and drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and bake for 8 minutes.


2. Meanwhile, drizzle olive oil in a small skillet and toast chopped walnuts over low heat, stirring continuously.


3. In a separate skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp minced garlic and add steak strips.  Heat steak and add Italian cheese blend until melted.  Another option is to use fresh sirloin steak strips and cook thoroughly on stovetop.

*You could also reserve the cheese and sprinkle over steak strips prior to putting in the oven.


4. Spread steak and cheese on to pizza and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.


5. In a bowl, whisk together 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice and a dash of pepper.  Add chopped arugula and toss.


6. Garnish pizza with arugula blend.  Slice, serve and enjoy!


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Be a Better You, with Beef!

In one short month from now we will be embarking 2014 with our list of new year’s resolutions in hand, ready to conquer and achieve all of our ambitions.  How many of you plan to add “eat healthy” and “workout” to that list?  I think it’s safe to say all of us could use some improvement in those areas.  So what’s your plan?  How are you going to get it done in 2014?  After all, a goal without a plan is simply a wish.

So let’s make a plan- together! To make 2014 the best year yet- no, scratch that.  I’ve got a better idea- let’s do it NOW!

Here’s a few tips and tools that will help make a healthy diet and active lifestyle a reality.

1. Beef = Protein. Yup, beef has protein- lots of it! Make protein a close friend of yours, because you need to eat more of it!  Protein, compared to carbs and fats, keeps us feeling full longer- thus, consuming less calories! And at the end of the day, that’s our goal, isn’t it?! So make sure you include protein, such as lean beef, in every meal and snack!  Your body and waistline will thank you!
A 3 oz serving of lean beef contains nearly 25 g of protein in less than 140 calories! 

2. Fitness Friends & Family. One of the best ways to stay committed to an exercise regimen or routine is to find a workout buddy or group.  Having others hold you accountable will help you stay on track with workouts!
Join Team BEEF South Dakota– a group of exercise enthusiasts who all share one passion- fueling their active lifestyles with the power of lean beef. 

3. Cook & Dine. A foreign concept to most of my generation, but a major key to healthy lifestyles.  Decreasing processed foods from our diets will play a significant role in our overall health.  Designate certain nights of the week that you and your family cook dinner from scratch.  Yes, real food.  It doesn’t have to be gourmet, just real.
Don’t know a spatula from strainer? Check out my recipes- they’re fool proof! We also feature some great how-to videos on our website 

4.  Mmmmultivitamins. Yup, get those vitamins and minerals in folks- you need them! To help keep our bodies happy, healthy and in tip-top shape, we need to fuel them with the nutrients they require.
A 3 oz serving of beef provides us with the 10 essential nutrients our bodies need. 

5. Zzzzzzzz. Get some sleep! An adequate and routine sleeping pattern can host many benefits for our overall health (and mood!).  Set a schedule and get to bed on time so you wake up feeling energized and ready to take on the day and make good choices.
Iron is an essential mineral which plays a role in a variety of body functions, including energy production and transfer.  Beef is an optimal dietary source of heme-iron. 

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