Ground Beef

The Perfect Steak

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 ounce (1-inch to 1 1/2-inch thick) beef steaks (room temperature)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pan Seared Steak
    1. In a heavy frying pan over medium-high heat
    2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil
    3. Sear the steaks, moving them with tongs a little in the cast-iron skillet so they don’t stick to the bottom
    4. Approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side
    5. Using this pan-searing technique, proceed to cook your steak to your desired internal temperature
    6. Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness
      Rare 120°F
      Medium Rare 125°F
      Medium 130°F
    7. When the steaks are crusty-charred and done to your liking, remove from the cast-iron pan
    8. cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving
    9. During this time the meat continues to cook (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven) and the juices redistribute (add juices that accumulate from resting steaks to any sauce you are making)
  2. Grilled or Barbequed
    1. Remove steak from refrigeration 1 hour before cooking
    2. Wipe any excess marinade (if used) off the steaks
    3. Ready to grill, preheat Barbecue Grill and coat your grill with non-stick kitchen spray
    4. Place steaks onto the hot grill
    5. Only flip the steak once
    6. Let it cook on one side, then let it finish on the other side
    7. Grill to the desired degree of doneness, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare
    8. Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness
      Rare 120°F
      Medium Rare 125°F
      Medium 130°F
    9. When the steaks are crusty-charred and done to your liking, remove from the grill
    10. Let sit 15 minutes before serving (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven)

Walking Tacos

“This is a clever idea for a  fun dinner or lunch. Add enough veggies and serve with something healthy on the side, and you don’t have to feel guilty.”

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix (homemade or store-bought)
  • Chopped tomato
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped onion or green onions
  • Chopped avocado
  • Shredded cheese (Mexican blend or cheddar)
  • Sliced black olives
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa or pico de gallo
  • Individual lunch-sized bags of Doritos or corn chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Brown the ground beef and drain
  2. Add the taco seasoning mix, cooking according to directions.
  3. Break the chips before opening the bag
  4. Open the bag of chips, being careful not to tear down the side
  5. Add toppings of choice
  6. Leave a little room at the top of the bag so you have room to mix

No-Fuss Beef Stroganoff

“Quick and simple in under 40 minutes. This one-pot wonder will please the whole family!”

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces cremini mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces egg noodles, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat
  • 3-5 minutes- Add mushrooms and onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender and browned
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • 3-5 minutes- Add ground beef and cook until browned
  • Make sure to crumble the beef as it cooks
  • Stir in garlic and thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute
  • Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute
  • Stir in wine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet
  • Stir in beef stock, Worcestershire, Dijon and egg noodles
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • 9-10 minutes- Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through
  • 1-2 minutes- Stir in sour cream until heated through, about 1-2 minutes
  • Serve immediately,
  • (Optional)- Garnished with parsley
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