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Step-by-Step Holiday Roast!

IMG_8071Your house is decorated and the tree is trimmed.  Your shopping list is complete and the presents are wrapped under the tree.  Now you can sit back and relax until the big day is here.  But have you thought about your holiday dinner? If you haven’t, don’t sweat- there’s still plenty of time to get everything you need to create a beautiful and delicious beef roast for your loved ones to enjoy.

Follow these simple and foolproof steps to make your holiday meal stress-free and enjoyable for all, including yourself!

1. Choose your Cut. There are a variety of beef cuts to choose from to create your show-stopping Beef Roast centerpiece.  From the traditional and elegant Prime Rib to a flavorful beef Tenderloin, choosing the cut that’s best for you and your family is easy to do.  Using the Interactive Butcher Counter from beefit’ is great way to do so.  This tool provides you a visual of your roast options and also tells you which cuts are lean.  Once you select a cut, the site will prompt you with recommended cooking methods as well as delicious recipes that are simple and easy to follow.

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2. Celebrate the Season with seasoning.  The prep work is quite minimal with beef roasts because the natural flavor and juices will do the work for you! Choosing a simple and rub is all you will need to accent the savoriness of beef.  Combine seasonings and press it evenly onto all surfaces.  Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty- make sure your entire roast is covered; top, bottom, and sides.

3. Bottom’s Up. Heat your oven to the specified temperature.  Place your roast fat side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan (if you’re making a Rib roast the ribs will form a natural rack.)  If you don’t have a roasting pan, I strongly encourage you to pick one up.  They are very affordable and well worth it. Insert an ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of roast, not resting in fat or touching bone. Do not add water, do not cover. Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 10.50.37 AM Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 10.51.45 AM

4. Roast & Rest. Cook according to guidelines, or desired level of doneness.  Roast meat 5 to 10 degrees below desired doneness.  If you prefer medium rare, remove at about 135° and temperature will continue to rise as it rests.  To rest your roast, tent with foil for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing or serving.  This will allow all juices to distribute evenly and create a juicy and flavorful eating experience.
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5. #ToastToRoast. Raise your glass and make a toast.  You’ve just created a beautiful and delicious meal that your loved ones will enjoy and cherish as you take in all of joy and cheer that the Holiday brings.

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For a great collection of roast recipes, click here.

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council would like to wish you a safe and warm Holiday and Happy New Year! 

Beef & Kale Queso Fundido


‘Tis the season to entertain! If you’re not hosting a holiday party, odds are you’ve been invited to one (or ten!).  Time is tight this time of year so simple dishes are essential.  This recipe for beef & kale queso fundido is not only simple and quick, it’s festive and delicious too! The best part- you can use leftover roast! We feel that calls for a #ToastToRoast!

Create this recipe for your next Holiday party or gathering! Snap a picture and share it using the hashtag #ToastToRoast

Recipe Source: Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner:


  1. 8 ounces cooked (leftover) beef Pot Roast, finely chopped, (about 1-1/2 cups)
  2. 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  3. 1/2 cup beer
  4. 2 cups shredded regular or reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  5. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  6. 1 cup finely chopped kale leaves
Serving Suggestions:
  1. Tortilla chips, celery sticks, carrot sticks, apple slices, pita wedges, toasted baguette slices.

1. Combine tomatoes and beer in medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Meanwhile, toss cheese with cornstarch until coated.
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2. Reduce heat to low; cook 3 to 6 minutes, adding cheese mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, and stirring constantly until cheese is melted. Do not boil.

3. Stir in beef and kale; continue cooking 3 to 5 minutes or until beef is heated through, stirring frequently. Pour into serving dish. Serve immediately with serving suggestions, as desired.

4. Enjoy!

Beef & Barley Soup – in a jar


Happy Holidays from the South Dakota Beef Industry Council! I’m sure you’re already enjoying the many wonderful traditions that come with the season; decorating the Christmas tree, baking goodies, holiday parties, concerts, shopping for presents, and so many more! For as much joy as these things brings us, there’s also a lot of stress this time of year.  Make certain that you keep your health a priority throughout the hustle and bustle so you can start the new year feeling great!

Exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet should remain a priority for yourself and your family, especially when there’s extra goodies being passed around and the cooler temps keep us from getting outdoors and being active.  Incorporating lean protein, such as beef, into your regular diet along with whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy will keep you healthy and feeling energized through the holidays!

Speaking of energy, here’s a recipe that requires very little!  I received this as a Christmas gift from Holly and had to share.  Not only is it a delicious soup that’s perfect for any winter day, but it’s an adorably unique and thoughtful gift any friend, family member or coworker would love to receive (I certainly did!).  Oh, and don’t forget to raise a glass and #ToastToRoast this holiday!  Post a photo of your beef roast creation with the hashtag “#ToastToRoast” and you could win $100 in Beef Certificates!

This soup only takes a few minutes to put together and you can get as creative and festive with the jar as you wish!  Below are the directions to create the jar as well as the preparation directions.

Beef Barley Soup Mix in a Jar
1 (1 pint) jar
3/4 cup medium pearl barley, separated
1/2 cup dried lentils
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1/4 cup dried minced onions
1/4 cup instant beef bouillon
2 tablespoons dried celery flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic

Layer soup kit ingredients in jar in order listed, using half of barley first and then remaining barley at the top. Close jar securely with lid. Attach cooking instructions.

Beef Barley Soup

1 (2 pound) boneless beef chuck, cut in 1/2-
to 3/4-inch pieces or 2 pound lean hamburger
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Contents of gift jar
10 cups water

Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat and brown the meat. Pour off drippings. Add the contents of soup kit jar and water to Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until beef is fork tender.

Discard bay leaves.

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