• Bulgogi Bowls

    Recipe adapted from Carlsbad Cravings.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 lbs. thinly sliced top sirloin, flank steak, or rib eye
    • Sesame oil

    Marinade:

    • 1/2 c. soy sauce
    • 1/2 of an Asian pear, grated (may sub sweet apple like Fuji)
    • 6 TBSP brown sugar
    • 2 TBSP sweet Japanese rice wine (may sub dry sherry)
    • 2 TBSP sesame oil
    • 2 TBSP Gochuchang 
    • 8 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 TBSP freshly grated ginger
    • 1 tsp. pepper
    • 6 Scallions chopped
    • Rice, salad greens, Cucumbers and Carrot salad, kimchi, etc.

    Directions:

    1. Add all of the marinade ingredients to a freezer bag and whisk to combine. Add steak and turn to coat. Cover and marinate 30 minutes at room temperature or refrigerate up to overnight (flank requires overnight).
    2. When ready to cook, let beef sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Heat some sesame oil over medium high heat in a large skillet.
    3. Working in 4 batches, add meat (grabbing meat with tongs so excess marinade drips off) in a single layer and let sear 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook and addition 1-2 minutes or until browned but barely cooked through then add sesame seeds and stir to combine. Transfer to a plate and cover tightly with foil. Repeat.
    4. Assemble Bowls: Add salad greens and rice to bowl. Top with beef, cucumbers and carrots, kimchi, etc.

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  • Jewish-Style Brisket

    This Jewish-style brisket is so delicious. It reminds me so much of the brisket my Grandma Boden would make. The sauce/gravy is everything!

    Recipe adapted from Sam Zien.

    Ingredients:

    • 5 TBSP oil
    • 5-7 lb. brisket
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
    • 12 oz. tomato paste
    • 3/4 c. brown sugar
    • 1/2 c. soy sauce
    • 2 TBSP Dijon mustard
    • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
    • 4 c. beef stock

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. Heat 2 TBSP of the oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven.
    3. Add the brisket and brown on both sides, 5-7 minutes per side.
    4. Transfer brisket to a platter and drain excess fat.
    5. Combine remaining 3 TBSP oil with the garlic in a small bowl; when brisket is cool enough to touch, rub the garlic mixture over the brisket, top and bottom.
    6. Put half the onions in the bottom of the Dutch oven and place the brisket on top.
    7. Combine the remaining ingredients, except the remaining onions and stock, in a medium bowl. Mix well and spoon over the top of the brisket, then top with onions.
    8. Pour the stock around the outside of the brisket, cover with a lid or very tightly with foil, and bake for 4-5 hours, until fork-tender (start checking at 3.5 hours).
    9. Transfer to cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for about 20 minutes. Then slice across the grain.

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  • Tri-Tip Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

    Recipe from Cafe Sucre Farine.

    Ingredients:

    Chimichurri Sauce:

    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
    • 3 garlic cloves peeled
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 c. fresh basil packed
    • 1 c. fresh cilantro packed
    • 1 c. fresh parsley packed
    • 1/2 c. olive oil

    Tri-Tip:

    • 1 2-2½ lb. Tri-Tip steak
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. dried rosemary 
    • 1 tsp. pepper
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder

    Directions:

    1. For the Chimichurri Sauce, combine all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor and puree until ingredients are combined and fairly well pureed. Leave just a bit of texture.
    2. Transfer to a bowl and add olive oil. Stir until well combined. If too thick, add a bit more olive oil or lemon juice, to taste.
    3. Sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. Bring to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
    4. For the meat, combine dried rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub mixture between your fingers to crush the rosemary.
    5. Rub mixture onto beef on both sides and place meat on a dinner plate. Cover loosely and allow to come to room temperature for 30-45 minutes.
    6. Heat grill to medium high.
    7. Clean the grill grate thoroughly with a wire grille brush and wipe it with a paper towel soaked with cooking oil. Do this with a long handled tongs.
    8. Place steaks on the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side or until meat reaches 120˚F (for rare) or 130˚F (for medium). If meat is deep golden brown on the outside, but has still not reached the desired internal temperature, move meat to indirect heat to finish cooking.
    9. Remove from grill and tent meat with foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. (This allows the juices to return to the meat.)
    10. Slice against the grain and serve with Chimichurri Sauce.

    Tri-Tip with Chimichurri Sauce:

  • Sesame Ginger Beef

    Adapted from Delish.

    Note: Usually double to ensure leftovers.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. skirt steak, thinly sliced into 1/4 inch strips
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 TBSP cornstarch
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced and divided (2 and 3)
    • 3 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated or 2-3 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1/4 c. soy sauce
    • 1 TBSP rice wine vinegar
    • 3 TBSP sugar
    • Sesame oil
    • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed
    • 2 green onions, chopped
    • 1 TBSP sesame seeds (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Place beef in a large ziploc bag and season with salt and pepper, toss with cornstarch until well coated, and set aside.
    2. Combine 3 minced garlic cloves, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar in a bowl and set sauce aside.
    3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add sesame oil and cook green beans 1 minute and add about 2 cloves of minced garlic and cook until tender but still crisp . Transfer green beans to a plate.
    4. Return skillet to high heat and add sesame oil. When oil is almost smoking, add beef. Stir-fry until beef is almost cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Don’t overcrowd the pan, so cook meat in batches, if necessary.
    5. If cooked meat in batches, add all meat back to the pan, and reduce to medium heat and add the sauce; stir quickly to coat the beef. Sauce will thicken.
    6. Add the cooked green beans, then top with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately over rice or in lettuce wraps.

    Sesame Ginger Beef:

  • Italian Beef Sandwiches

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    These sandwiches are delicious, and the meat is so flavorful.  Your house will smell divine too!  So easy to make in the crockpot and then toast them up on the oven when ready to eat.  The roasted red peppers and mild/hot pepper rings brighten the sandwiches up and give them delicious flavor.

    Simply great food.

    Everyone LOVED them.

    Everyone REQUESTS them.

    Recipe adapted from The Slow Roasted Italian.

    Ingredients:

    • 3 c. of boiling water
    • 5 tsp. beef bouillon
    • 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
    • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
    • 2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1½ tsp. onion powder
    • 5 TBSP Italian seasoning
    • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper (to taste)
    • 1 (3 lb.) boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed of most fat

    Sandwich Fixings:

    • 8 hoagie rolls
    • 16 slices provolone cheese
    • 1 (16 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, sliced
    • 1 (16 oz.) jar mild or hot sliced pepper rings

    Directions:

    1. Turn 6 quart slow cooker to high heat.  Add boiling water, beef bouillon and Worcestershire.
    2. Combine remaining seasonings in a small bowl.  Sprinkle over beef broth and whisk to combine.  Add roast and flip to coat both sides.  Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low 8-10 hours.  Shred beef by using two forks to pull it apart.  Stir to coat all beef in the juices.  Cook 1 additional hour covered. (Do not drain)  Really not necessary, so you can skip this step.
    3. When ready to serve:  Slice rolls in half, place on a baking sheet and broil in oven for 2-4 minutes until bread is lightly golden brown.
    4. Scoop beef on toasted roll and top with 2 slices of provolone cheese.  Place back on baking sheet and broil until cheese is melted.  Top with red pepper slices and mild pepper rings.

    Italian Beef Sandwiches:
    5star

     

  • Best Ever Pot Roast

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    Nothing says comfort food like pot roast, and this is the BEST pot roast I’ve ever made!  It was so good.  Even the kiddo who never likes her food to touch devoured this meal and asked for seconds.  Score!  And it was made in the crockpot.  Double score!  Definitely company worthy.  Triple score!  Need I say more?!?!?

    Recipe adapted from Joyously Domestic.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 TBSP steak seasoning (such as a blend of peppercorns, garlic, paprika, parsley and salt)
    • 1/2  TBSP kosher salt
    • 2 TBSP Italian Seasoning
    • 1 chuck roast (about 3 lbs)
    • Olive oil
    • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
    • 2 lbs. potatoes, cut into large chunks
    • 1 onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
    • 2 stalks celery, cut into large chunks (optional)
    • 1 c. beef broth
    • 1/4 c. corn starch (give or take)

    Directions:

    1. Combine steak seasoning through Italian Seasoning in a small bowl.  Set aside.
    2. Coat both sides of meat with olive oil.  Sprinkle on a third of the seasoning mix onto each side.
    3. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and sear both sides of the meat; then transfer roast to crockpot.
    4. Place the vegetables in a large bowl.  Drizzle on a little olive oil to coat vegetables.  Sprinkle on the remaining seasoning mix.  Add the vegetables to the same skillet that was used to sear the meat. Sauté for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.
    5. Transfer the vegetables to the top of the roast in the slow cooker.
    6. Combine beef broth and cornstarch in a bowl and then pour mixture over meat and vegetables. Cover with lid.
    7. Cook on LOW for 9 hours or HIGH for 6 hours.

    Best Ever Pot Roast:

    5star

  • Crockpot Steak and Black Bean Chili

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    Oh how we love this chili, and by we I mean all 4 of us!  Even the pickiest, who generally won’t eat chili, ate this up (granted she just ate the big chunks of steak, but at least she ate it rather than turning her nose up)!

    This is a true Crockpot chili, and I love that this dish actually cooks all day.  Start it in the morning and 8-10 hours later, dinner is ready!  Definitely can’t beat that for a busy weeknight delicious and hearty dinner.

    Serve with Grandma Clark’s cornbread.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 lbs. boneless beef cubes, for stew
    • 2 heaping tsp. chili powder
    • 1 heaping tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 heaping tsp. ground cumin
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 large green pepper, chopped
    • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans
    • 2 (14 1/2 oz.) cans chili-style chopped tomatoes
    • 1 tsp. sugar
    • 1 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • sour cream
    • shredded cheddar cheese

    Directions:

    1. Cut the beef into 1-inch cubes.
    2. Place beef in slow cooker and turn it on low.
    3. Sprinkle the chili powder, garlic powder and cumin over the meat.
    4. Add onion and green pepper.
    5. Drain and rinse the cans of beans and add them to the slow cooker.
    6. Add tomatoes and sugar.
    7. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
    8. Uncover and sir in the tomato paste.
    9. Season with salt and pepper
    10. Garnish with sour cream and cheddar cheese

    Crockpot Steak and Black Bean Chili:

    5star

  • Crockpot Ranch Roast

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    Crockpot Ranch Roast is so flavorful.  All but our pickiest eater (who doesn’t each much by the way of red meat) enjoyed this dinner.  I made Corn Casserole to accompany the roast, and it was excellent together.  Steve said it reminded him of a dish he had in Costa Rica and that’s a really good thing.

    Ingredients:

    • 3 lb. beef roast
    • 2 c. water
    • 1 envelope of dry Italian salad dressing mix
    • 1 envelope of dry ranch salad dressing mix
    • 1 envelope of dry brown gravy mix

     Directions:

    1. Mix water through gravy mix in a bowl until thoroughly blended.
    2. Brown roast, if desired (I didn’t).  Add meat to Crockkpot and add mixture over meat.
    3. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.

    Crockpot Ranch Roast:

    5star

  • Crockpot Mongolian Beef

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    Mongolian beef in the Crockpot….so good.  Everyone loved it, and even my pickiest eater had seconds!  I love that this recipe actually calls for a long cooking time and that it actually benefits from the long cooking time.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 onion, thickly sliced
    • 2 tsp. olive oil
    • 1 1/2 lb. stew meat
    • 1 TBSP minced garlic (jarred)
    • 1 TBSP fresh ginger (paste)
    • 1/2 c. soy sauce
    • 1/2 c. water
    • 1/2 c. Hoisin sauce
    • 1/2 c. (1/4 c. Splenda) brown sugar
    • 3 TBSP cornstarch

    Directions:

    1. Mix garlic through cornstarch in a bowl.
    2. Add onions to the bottom of the Crockpot; then add the olive oil; then add the meat; and then pour the sauce over the meat.
    3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with white rice.

    Mongolian Beef:

    5star

  • Sweet and Sour Pot Roast

    This pot roast recipe is so good!  I’ve made quite a few pot roast recipes and they all seem to be missing something, but the sweetness from the cranberry sauce adds that missing element.  Everyone enjoyed this dinner, and it will certainly become a favorite at our house.  Definitely company worthy too!

    Recipe from Hot Recipes in Cool Dishes

    Ingredients:

    • 1 TBSP oil
    • 1 beef roast, 3-5lbs
    • 1/2 c. red wine or beef broth
    • 1 packet of powdered onion soup mix
    • 1 can of whole cranberry sauce
    • 2 tsp. garlic, minced

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 325*
    2. Heat large skillet over medium high heat, and add oil.  Then add the roast and brown well on all sides.
    3. Place roast in a 2.5 quart baking dish.
    4. Add remaining ingredients to the skillet, stirring constantly until the cranberry sauce melts.
    5. Pour sauce over the roast in the baking dish, cover and bake for 2.5 – 3 hours, or until meat is fork tender.

    Sweet and Sour Pot Roast: