The Beauty in the Beef

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Archive for the month “May, 2014”

Pizza on the Grill

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My family LOVES pizza. It’s a weekly request in our home and I’m always searching for new ways to make it.  I’m never opposed to making pizza, especially homemade.  When using a whole grain crust, piling the veggies high, adding lean protein and controlling the amount of cheese you use, pizza can be a very nutritious meal!  In the summertime one of our favorite ways is on the grill.  It cuts the cooking time in half, keeps my kitchen nice and cool and it provides a whole different flavor and texture to the crust.  A nice change up and a fun way to enjoy the beautiful outdoor cooking weather we are experiencing right now! Which is perfect for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend 🙂

The recipe I’m featuring today is one of my personal favorites.  I used a homemade chimichurri sauce as my base instead of marinara.  Similar to pesto, chimichurri sauce is originally from Argentina and pairs very nicely with beef.  Simply add the sauce ingredients into your food processor and with a few quick pulses, you have a delicious and flavorful sauce that will take your pizza to a gourmet level!

Ingredients:
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Chimichurri Sauce:
1 bunch parsley leaves
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Dash of salt and pepper

Pre-cooked whole grain pizza crust
6-8 oz. sliced Sirloin steak
1-2 Cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

Directions: 
1. Start grill and warm for 8-10 minutes.
2. Mix parsley leaves, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor until well blended.  Spread over pizza crust, leaving 1/4 inch exposed for crust.

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3. Add sliced steak (great way to use leftovers!) and sliced red pepper.

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4. Top with cheese.

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5. Reduce grill heat to low and place pizza directly onto the grill rack.

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6. Let cook for 7-10 minutes, checking periodically.

7. Carefully remove pizza from grill, sliding onto a pizza pan/stone.

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8. Slice and enjoy!
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Beefy Baja Peppers

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Let the celebration of #BeefMonth continue! We are especially excited about this week’s blog recipe for Beefy Baja Peppers!  It’s incredibly easy, affordable and delicious! You could serve this recipe as a fun appetizer or as a wonderful meal with a side of Mexican inspired rice or quinoa. Don’t forget the chips and salsa! 

If you’re a lover of Mexican foods, check out this recipe for Guacamole Steak! If the title isn’t enough to make you drool, wait until you see this Youtube video.
Recipe: http://www.beeffoodservice.com/recipe.aspx?id=5852
YouTube Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
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Ingredients:
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4 Bell Peppers
1 lb. Deli-style Roast Beef
Hy-Vee Baja Roasted Corn Blend
4 slices Provolone cheese

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Directions: 
1. Preheat oven to 425°
2. Slice the top off peppers and remove seeds.  Place peppers in a coated baking dish.
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3. Fill each pepper 1/2 to 3/4 full with roast beef.

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4. Next add Baja corn blend.

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5. Top each pepper with a slice of provolone cheese.  Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until peppers are soft. I turned my broiler on high and cooked for an additional 5 minutes to get the cheese golden brown. 

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6. Enjoy!

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Mu Shu Steak & Apple Wraps

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Happy Beef Month!!  We are so excited to be celebrating and honoring everything BEEF throughout the entire month of May.  We have a plethora of events, activities, promotions and contests happening, however I didn’t want to miss our weekly blog recipe!  One of our current social media contests is a Photo-a-Day $100 Beef Bucks giveaway!  Follow along with each day, posting your photo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #BeefMonth to be entered to win! Image

 

We were on campus at South Dakota State University with our SD Beef Ambassador, Kelsey, passing out beef sticks and nutrition information to students, “fueling finals week” with the power of lean beef.  We shared a simple wrap recipe that’s fast, affordable and delicious- perfect for college students!   
ImageToday is “Wrap it Wednesday” with our Photo-a-Day contest, so we are featuring the recipe we shared yesterday! The Mu Shu Steak & Apple Wrap.  This is one of my family’s favorite wrap recipes- the flavor combination is delicious!  

Ingredients: 
4 beef steaks 
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 Cup hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp honey
Salt (optional)
3 cups tri-color coleslaw mix 
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and thinly sliced
8 medium whole wheat flour tortillas, warmed

Directions:
1. Combine cinnamon and pepper; press evenly onto beef steaks.  Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.  Place steaks in skillet; cook 9 to 12 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness, turning occasionally.  You can also get outside and fire up the grill! Here’s a quick video with some great grilling basics! 
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2. Combine hoisin sauce and honey in large bowl.  Carve steaks into thin slices; season with salt, if desired.  Add steak slices, coleslaw mix and apple to hoisin mixture; toss to coat. 

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3. Place equal amounts of beef mixture down center of each tortilla and fold.  Secure with wooden picks, if necessary. 

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