recipes

Beverages 14 April 2017

Sweet Meets Spicy

Fresh ideas for a fun fiesta menu

(Family Features) There’s no better way to spice up a party than by using unexpected ingredients in fun, flavorful dishes and drinks. For your next fiesta, celebrate a star of the party with sweet and juicy watermelon.

Not only does versatile watermelon lend a unique taste to your menu, it’s a healthy ingredient that provides natural hydration with 92 percent water content, along with the antioxidant lycopene and the amino acid citrulline.

These recipes show how, with a little creative carving, you can use the whole melon, including flesh, juice and rind, for big value and zero waste.

Find more fiesta-ready recipes at watermelon.org.

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Cactus Carving

  • Medium-large oval or oblong watermelon (seeded or seedless)
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Dry erase marker
  • Kitchen knife
  • Scoop
  • Cactus cookie cutter
  • Small flower cookie cutters
  • Toothpicks
  • Fire and Ice Salsa (recipe below)

Wash watermelon under cool, running water and pat dry.

On cutting board, place watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4 inch-1/2 inch from stem end; this will provide a sturdy base. Reserve end piece to make into small cactus.

Stand watermelon upright on base. Use dry erase marker to draw simple outline of cactus shape.

One-third up from bottom of watermelon, draw straight line around back, being careful not to go through cactus outline; this will create a serving bowl for watermelon salsa.

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Use kitchen knife to cut around outline, leaving just bowl with cactus attached. Scoop out base to form bowl.

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From pieces of watermelon that were cut away, use cookie cutters to make cactus pieces and flower pieces to decorate with, and chop remaining watermelon to make watermelon salsa and watermelon margaritas, or juice.

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Attach toothpicks randomly around cactus to make thorns and decorate with watermelon flowers. Decorate bottom rind scrap with toothpicks to resemble short, round cactus.

Fill bowl with Fire and Ice Salsa and serve with tortilla chips.

Fire and Ice Salsa

Makes: 3 cups

  • 3 cups seeded and finely chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green peppers
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely sliced green onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons finely diced jalapeno peppers
  1. Combine ingredients; mix well and cover. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

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Nachos with Watermelon Avocado Salsa

Makes: 8 servings

  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies, drained
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 1/2 cups diced watermelon
  • 16 ounces fat-free refried beans
  • 11 ounces corn tortilla chips
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup fat-free sour cream
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. To make salsa: In medium bowl, combine avocado, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, chilies and red onion; toss to thoroughly mix. Add watermelon and toss gently. Set aside.
  3. Over medium heat, heat beans until hot. Mash if preferred.
  4. Place chips on flat, oven-proof plate or cookie sheet and top with beans and cheese. Repeat layers as desired. Heat in oven 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted and chips are hot.
  5. Top with salsa mixture and sour cream.

Tip: Reserve some salsa to place in bowl for dipping.

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Blended Watermelon Margarita

Makes: 2 margaritas

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed and frozen
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces lime juice
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • pinch of salt
  • lime slices, for garnish
  1. In blender, combine watermelon, water, tequila, lime juice, elderflower liqueur and salt. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into two chilled margarita glasses and garnish with lime slices.

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Watermelon Margarita on the Rocks

Makes: 2 margaritas

Watermelon Simple Syrup:

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar

Watermelon Juice:

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1/2 cup water

Margarita:

  • lime wedges
  • coarse salt
  • ice
  • 4 ounces silver tequila
  • 4 ounces watermelon juice
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 1 ounce watermelon simple syrup
  1. To make watermelon simple syrup: In small saucepan over medium heat, combine watermelon and sugar. Use potato masher to mash watermelon and sugar together, pushing out liquid and dissolving sugar. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour mixture through fine mesh sieve set over bowl or jar, pressing watermelon to extract all liquid. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. To make watermelon juice: In blender, combine watermelon and water. Blend until smooth then pour through fine mesh sieve set over bowl or jar.
  3. To assemble margaritas: use lime wedge to line rims of two glasses with juice. Dip glasses in coarse salt and carefully fill glasses with ice.
  4. Combine tequila, watermelon juice, lime juice and simple syrup in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds, and pour into prepared glasses. Garnish with lime wedges.

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

Healthy 12 April 2017

Get Foiled

Learn why foil-packet cooking is hot, hot, hot

(Family Features) As the saying goes, big things come in small packages and that may explain the burgeoning popularity of foil-packet recipes. Minimal preparation and cleanup are easy trade-offs for the immense flavors you can create in these tiny containers, whether you prepare them in the oven, on the grill or over an open flame.

The secret to successful foil cooking is locking in the layers of flavor from each ingredient. It’s surprisingly simple to create delicious, healthy dishes when cooking with foil. An ingredient like seasoned rice vinegar offers a wholesome alternative to many condiments and flavorings while giving your packet a big flavor boost.

With no artificial preservatives, flavors or ingredients and no high-fructose corn syrup, Nakano® Rice Vinegars are the perfect solution for building better-for-you foil-packet meals. With organic varieties and easy-to-read labels featuring real, recognizable ingredients, you can feel great about layering delicious flavor into your next foil-packet meal with rice vinegar.

Garlic seasoned rice vinegar delivers a boost of flavor to this Asian-inspired chicken, creating a sensational main dish. Add crisp fresh veggies tossed with organic rice vinegar and garlic as a side then finish the meal with a sweet take on a juicy fruit crisp.

Find more inspired ideas for healthy meals at Mizkan.com/Recipes.

7 Steps to the Perfect Foil Pouch

  1. A 12-inch square piece of foil is a good starting point, but you may need to adjust depending on the recipe. Remember you’ll need plenty of extra room around the ingredients for the heat to build up and cook the contents to perfection.
  2. Use heavy-duty foil to avoid tears or poor seals that can spill ingredients and precious seasonings and juices.
  3. Spread foil on a flat surface and add a light nonstick spray, if needed.
  4. Place ingredients and seasonings in the center of the foil.
  5. Bring long sides of the foil together over the food. Pinch together and make 1/2-inch folds straight across at least twice for a strong seal. Remember to leave plenty of open space between the foil and food.
  6. Make 1/2-inch folds on each short end, folding toward food but leaving at least 1 1/2-2 inches between the seam and food.
  7. Handle pouch with care to avoid piercing or tearing, and always use tongs to remove pouches from heat.

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Gochujang-Glazed Chicken

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

  • 4 tablespoons Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar – Roasted Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang (chile bean paste)
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons, olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 4 cups fresh cauliflower, riced (use grater or food processer so cauliflower resembles rice)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh scallions, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas
  • 3 sprigs fresh cilantro, for garnish
  1. Heat oven or grill to 375° F.
  2. In large bowl, mix together vinegar, gochujang, maple syrup, soy sauce, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper to form marinade. Dip chicken in marinade and toss lightly until coated.
  3. Lightly oil foil pouch and layer base of pouch with cauliflower. Add scallions and sugar snap peas then place chicken on top. Carefully pour remaining marinade over pouch contents (ensuring that liquid stays inside foil).
  4. Seal foil packet and bake or grill 30 minutes. Open foil to create 2-inch long vent then bake or grill another 15 minutes, or until completely cooked. Garnish with cilantro before serving.

Chef’s tip: For best results and added flavor, marinate chicken 30 minutes before preparing pouches.

Substitutions: In place of gochujang, red pepper flake paste can be made by mixing 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes with a few dashes soy sauce and 1 dash sugar. Alternatively, substitute 2 teaspoons sriracha for gochujang.

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Bartlett Pear and Oat Crisp

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

  • 4 cups fresh pears, medium diced
  • 4 tablespoons Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar – Mango
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 teaspoons, all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, diced into 1/4-inch squares
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Toss pears in rice vinegar and set into lightly greased foil pouch.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in bowl and use two forks to combine ingredients until mixture becomes crumbly.
  4. Pour mixture evenly over pears, seal pouch and bake 20 minutes.
  5. Open top of foil and bake another 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden.

Chef’s tips: For crispier crust, refrigerate crumbly mixture 30 minutes before baking. Serve with scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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Mediterranean Vegetables

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

  • 3 tablespoons Nakano Organic Rice Vinegar – Seasoned
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus extra, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, plus extra, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons, fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh zucchini, sliced into 1 3/4-inch long, 1/4-inch thick planks
  • 1 cup fresh green pepper strips
  • 1 cup fresh red pepper strips
  • 8 fresh stalks asparagus, slicing off 1/4 inch from bottom of stalk
  • 1 fresh portobello mushroom, sliced into 1/2-inch squares
  • 1 cup fresh eggplant, diced into 1/2-inch squares
  1. Heat oven or grill to 375° F.
  2. In large bowl, mix together rice vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, parsley and garlic to create marinade.
  3. Clean vegetables then place them in marinade in small batches. Toss to coat then place in foil pouch. Pour remaining marinade over vegetables and seal pouch.
  4. Bake in oven or over indirect heat on grill 25 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste, after removing pouch from heat.

Chef’s tip: Open pouch after 20 minutes of cooking and allow vegetables to crisp slightly under direct heat for remaining 5 minutes.

Source: Nakano

Main Dishes 11 April 2017

Unleash the Power of Dairy

(Family Features) If you’re trying to boost the nutrition of your meals and snacks, look no further than your refrigerator. Dairy products provide a powerful nutrition package that can help you meet your nutrient needs and achieve better health.

The most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans affirm dairy’s important place in the diet with a recommendation that people ages 9 and older consume three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods every day. With nine essential nutrients, milk, cheese and yogurt deliver a unique nutrition package superior to milk alternatives, such as almond or rice beverages, which are often fortified or fall short on these important nutrients.

During the hot summer months, when you don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen, dairy products offer ease and convenience, as many are ready to use in recipes or round out a meal or snack. For a quick, easy and healthy snack this summer, put a fresh take on traditional pizza with this recipe that uses crescent rolls topped with cheeses and fresh seasonal veggies. Or turn up the heat on a classic beef burrito by adding warm pepper jack cheese and black beans.

Visit MidwestDairy.com to pledge Dairy 3 for Me, find additional recipes and learn more about how to unleash the power of dairy nutrition.

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Summer Pizza Snack

Recipe courtesy of Cindy Heins, Heins Family Farms
Total time: 22 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1 tube (8 ounces) crescent rolls
  • 1 tub (8 ounces) low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. In 9-by-13-inch baking pan, spread out crescent roll dough. Seal seams together to form one large rectangle across bottom of pan. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on rack.
  2. In small bowl, mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise and garlic powder. Spread evenly over entire cooled crust. Top with mozzarella, tomatoes, olives, broccoli and cucumber. Cut into 12 squares and serve.

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Beef Burrito with Pepper Jack Cheese and Black Beans

Total time: 9 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1/2 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup chunky salsa, divided
  • 2 cups cooked brown or white rice
  • 6 whole-wheat tortillas (9 inches each)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (11 ounces) corn kernels, drained
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • sliced green onion, including green tops
  1. In medium, nonstick skillet, brown ground beef and garlic over medium heat (break beef mixture up into smaller chunks with spatula). Drain fat and stir in 1/2 cup salsa; set aside.
  2. Spread 1/3 cup rice on center of tortilla, leaving 1/2-inch border. Scatter about 2 tablespoons beans and 1 1/2 tablespoons corn over rice. Spread 1/3 cup beef mixture and 1/4 cup cheese over corn. Top with 2 teaspoons salsa and a few slices green onion. Fold in two opposite edges of tortilla 1 inch each and roll up. Place seam-side down on microwave-safe dish.
  3. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Place burritos in microwave oven and heat 1 minute, or until heated through. Serve with remaining salsa.

Source: Midwest Dairy Association

Beef 06 April 2017

Mongolian Beef

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Mongolian Beef

Makes 4 servings

  • 1 pound boneless beef top sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons Kikkoman Hoisin Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 bunches green onions, cut into 1-1/2-inch lengths, separating whites from tops, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Mongolian Sauce*
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed, toasted
  1. Cut beef across grain into thin strips. Combine next 4 ingredients; stir in beef. Let stand 15 minutes. Stir-fry half of beef in 1 table-spoon hot oil in wok or large skillet over high heat 1 minute; remove.
  2. Repeat cooking procedure with remaining beef and 1 tablespoon oil; remove. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same pan. Add whites of green onions, garlic, ginger and red pepper; stir-fry 1 minute.
  3. Stir in green onion tops. Add beef and Mongolian Sauce.
  4. Cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens. Sprinkle with sesame seed before serving.

*Mongolian Sauce: Combine 1/3 cup water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch, 2-1/2 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce, 1 tablespoon dry sherry and 1 teaspoon Kikkoman Hoisin Sauce.

Source: Kikkoman

Grilling-Tailgating 23 January 2017

Grilled to Perfection

(Family Features) Tender, juicy, flame-kissed and seasoned just right — there may not be anything more satisfying than a perfectly grilled steak.

These recipes and grilling tips from the steak experts at Omaha Steaks will help you put the perfect steak on your plate any time you want.

Get more grilling recipes at www.omahasteaks.com. You can also download the free Steak Time app to get exclusive recipes and an innovative grilling timer.

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Peppercorn Crusted Strip Steaks

Serves 4

  • 4 Omaha Steaks Strip Loin Steaks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons coarsely ground black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons garlic cloves, minced
  1. Preheat grill on high.
  2. In small bowl, combine black peppercorns, salt and garlic.
  3. Blot steaks dry with a clean paper towel.
  4. Brush both sides of steaks with olive oil.
  5. Evenly apply rub on to one side of each steak.
  6. Grill steaks to desired doneness. Use Steak Time app or grilling chart to determine correct cooking times.
  7. Serve steaks with rub side up.

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Buffalo Sirloin Tips

Serves 4 to 6

  • 1 pound Omaha Steaks Sirloin Tips
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 to 6 bamboo or stainless steel skewers
  • 1 recipe Buffalo Sauce
  • Leaves green leaf lettuce
  • Optional celery sticks, ranch or blue cheese dressing
  1. Preheat grill on high.
  2. Prepare Buffalo Sauce.
  3. Blot sirloin tips dry with a clean paper towel.
  4. In small mixing bowl, combine sirloin tips, salt, chile powder and pepper.
  5. Thread seasoned sirloin tips onto skewers, keeping the thickness even and allowing space between each piece.
  6. Place skewers on grill and cook to desired doneness. Use Steak Time app or grilling chart to determine correct cooking times.
  7. Remove skewers from grill and use tongs to slide cooked sirloin tips into a large bowl.
  8. Toss cooked tips with Buffalo Sauce until well coated.
  9. Use a toothpick to remove tips from bowl onto a plate lined with lettuce leaves.
  10. Pour extra sauce into a dipping cup and serve with tips. If desired, serve with celery or dressings.

Buffalo Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chile sauce
  1. Mix ingredients in mixer or food processor until completely combined.

Filet Mignon with Garlic Butter Medallions

Serves 4

  • 4 Omaha Steaks Filet Mignon Steaks
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 recipe Garlic Butter
  1. Preheat grill on high.
  2. Season steaks with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill steaks to desired doneness. Use Steak Time app or grilling chart to determine correct cooking times.
  4. Just before removing the steaks from the grill, place a generous medallion slice of Garlic Butter on each steak.
  5. Let steaks rest 2 minutes, while butter continues to melt and then serve.

Garlic Butter

Serves 4 to 6

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Slice half an inch off tops of garlic heads and place on baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over garlic and cover with tented foil. Roast in oven for 1 hour.
  4. Remove garlic from oven and let cool until able to handle. Squeeze roasted garlic out of the skin into food processor or blender.
  5. Add butter, salt, Worcestershire and parsley, blend all ingredients together.
  6. Place mixture in middle of a large piece of plastic wrap. Form into a log and wrap tightly.
  7. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours. Butter will keep for several weeks in refrigerator.

Ribeye Steak with Shallot Demi-Glace

Serves 4

  • 4 Omaha Steaks Rib Eye Steaks
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Shallot Demi-Glace
  1. Prepare Shallot Demi-Glace sauce.
  2. Blot steaks dry with a clean paper towel.
  3. Preheat grill on high. Season steaks with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill steaks to desired doneness using Steak Time app or grilling chart.
  5. Place steaks on serving plate and sauce with the Shallot Demi-Glace.

Shallot Demi-Glace

Serves 4

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup demi-glace (can be found in most grocery and specialty food stores)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oil in a small sauce pan.
  2. Add shallots and cook them for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Shallots should be well browned and some should be blackened.
  3. Add red wine and reduce liquid by 2/3.
  4. Add demi-glace and bring to a boil. Reduce sauce while stirring for 2 to 3 minutes or until desired consistency reached. If desired, add salt and pepper.
Top 5 Tips for Perfect Grilling
  1. Clean and pre-heat grill on high.
  2. Lightly oil and season everything before you put it on the grill. This helps the searing process and prevents sticking.
  3. Sear the outside of steaks when grilling, using tongs or a spatula to turn the meat, and cover the grill as much as possible during the grilling process to help lock in the great flavor and to prevent flare-ups.
  4. Use the 60/40 grilling method. Grill for 60 percent of the time on the first side, then grill 40 percent of the time after you turn over the food. This will give you an evenly cooked steak.
  5. Place your cooked steak on a clean plate and allow to rest for five minutes before serving to retain moisture and juiciness.
How Long?

Here’s how long you should keep steaks on the heat for grilling perfection. Cooking times are in minutes and based on fully-thawed steaks.

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Beef 11 August 2015

Classic Beef-Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
  • 4 medium red, green or yellow bell peppers
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup cooked white or brown rice, cooled
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Cut tops off bell peppers; remove seeds and membranes. Place peppers upright in 8-inch square baking dish, cutting thin slice off bottoms of peppers to stabilize, if necessary.
  2. Combine tomatoes, tomato sauce and 1 tablespoon parsley in large bowl. Remove and reserve 1 cup tomato mixture. Combine ground beef, onion, rice, remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and black pepper with remaining tomato mixture in bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
  3. Spoon beef mixture evenly into peppers. Top with reserved tomato mixture. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes. Uncover baking dish; continue baking 35 to 40 minutes to medium (160°F) doneness, until beef is not pink in center and juices show no pink color. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Preparation and Cooking Time

1-1/2 hours

Calories: 328 | Total Fat: 15g
Cholesterol: 77mg | Protein: 25g
Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 824mg

Serves

4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions:

Cook's Tip: Due to the natural nitrate content of certain ingredients such as onions, celery and bell peppers, ground beef may remain pink even when a 160°F internal temperature has been reached. Always verify the internal temperature with a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer to be certain it reaches 160°F.

SOURCE: National Cattlemen's Beef Association on behalf of The Beef Checkoff

Beef 11 August 2015

Blackened Rib Eye Steak With Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Ingredients
  • 4 (10- to 14-ounce) Omaha Steaks rib eye steaks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 teaspoons Blackening Seasoning (recipe below) or Omaha Steaks Blackened Seasoning
  • 1 cup Creamy Horseradish Sauce (recipe below) or Omaha Steaks Creamy Horseradish Sauce
Blackening Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
Creamy Horseradish Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon green onions, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
Preparation
  1. Heat a cast iron skillet until very hot, in a well ventilated area.
  2. Brush steaks with olive oil.
  3. Coat each side of the steaks with 1 teaspoon of blackening seasoning.
  4. Place steaks in the iron skillet, flipping steaks halfway through cooking. To cook a 1-inch-thick steak medium rare, cook about 4 minutes on first side and 3 minutes on other side.
  5. Spoon 2 tablespoons of Creamy Horseradish Sauce on each plate before topping with the cooked steak.
  6. Blackening Seasoning - Yield 1 cup -Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  7. Creamy Horseradish Sauce - Yield 1 cup -Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Serves

4

SOURCE: Omaha Steaks

Beef 11 August 2015

Sensational Sizzle!

Grilled Peppery Top Round Steak With Parmesan Asparagus
Bruschetta Burgers
Classic Beef Kabobs

(Family Features) - The satisfying sound of sizzling beef ... the one-of-a-kind aroma of steak on the grill ... is your mouth watering yet? Get ready to give in to temptation, because outdoor grilling season is here and you have more tantalizing beef choices than ever.

USDA guidelines identify 29 cuts of beef as lean, including many favorites, such as top sirloin, tenderloin and top round steaks, and 95% lean ground beef. That means there are more lean and nutrient-rich ways to satisfy the craving that only beef can answer. More ways to enjoy a meal that gives you the protein you need to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

So fire up the grill and let the flames of passion burn - because beef is the hottest thing going.

For more information about beef, visit www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.

Beef on the Grill

  • Grill beef over medium heat. Too high heat can cause the exterior to char before the interior reaches the desired doneness. Charring or overcooking beef is not recommended.
  • Always cook burgers to 160°F, turning occasionally with a spatula - no pressing, please! Insert an instant-read thermometer directly from the side into the center of the burger to accurately determine the temperature. The color of cooked ground beef is not a reliable indicator of doneness.
  • Turn steaks occasionally with tongs. Forks pierce the meat, and flavorful juices are lost. Use an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally from the side into the center of steaks to determine doneness. The thermometer will register 145°F for medium rare, 160°F for medium steak doneness.

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Grilled Peppery Top Round Steak With Parmesan Asparagus

Description

The satisfying sound of sizzling beef ... the one-of-a-kind aroma of steak on the grill ... is your mouth watering yet?

Ingredients
  • 1 beef top round steak, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1 pound)
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
Marinade
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons steak seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Preparation
  1. Combine marinade ingredients in medium bowl. Place beef steak and marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally.
  2. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Toss asparagus with oil. Place steak in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals; arrange asparagus around steak. Grill steak, uncovered, 8 to 9 minutes for medium rare (145°F) doneness, turning occasionally. (Do not overcook.) Grill asparagus 6 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender, turning occasionally. (Over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, steak 10 to 11 minutes; asparagus 8 to 12 minutes.)
  3. Immediately sprinkle cheese over asparagus. Carve steak into thin slices. Season with salt, as desired. Serve with asparagus.
Preparation and Cooking Time

30 to 40 minutes

Marinate Time

6 hours or overnight

Calories: 238g | Total Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 64mg | Protein: 31g
Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 272mg

Serves

4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions:

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber.

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Bruschetta Burgers

Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices rustic crusty bread, cut 1/2 inch thick
  • Olive oil
Bruschetta Topping:
  • 3/4 cup chopped red tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
Preparation
  1. Combine Bruschetta Topping ingredients in medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine ground beef, cheese, green onions and garlic in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties.
  3. Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 11 to 13 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 7 to 8 minutes), turning occasionally, until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F.
  4. Meanwhile brush both sides of bread slices with oil. About 3 minutes before burgers are done, place bread on grid. Grill until lightly toasted, turning once. Season burgers with salt and pepper, as desired. Place 1 burger on each bread slice; top each with 1/4 cup Bruschetta Topping. Serve open-faced.
Preparation and Cooking Time

30 to 35 minutes

Calories: 285g | Total Fat: 8g
Cholesterol: 69mg | Protein: 29g
Carbohydrates: 23g | Sodium: 653mg

Serves

4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions:

Cook's Tip: If using 95% lean ground beef, combine ground beef with 1/4 cup soft bread crumbs, 1 egg white and ingredients as directed above.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of iron.

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Classic Beef Kabobs

Ingredients
  • 1 pound well-trimmed boneless beef top sirloin or beef tenderloin steaks, cut 1 inch thick
  • 8 ounces medium mushrooms
  • 2 medium red, yellow or green bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Salt
Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped seeded cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Preparation
  1. Cut beef steak into 1-1/4-inch pieces. Combine seasoning ingredients in large bowl. Add beef, mushrooms and bell pepper pieces; toss to coat.
  2. Alternately thread beef and vegetable pieces evenly onto eight 12-inch metal skewers, leaving small spaces between pieces.
  3. Place kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill kabobs, covered, 7 to 9 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 9 to 11 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning once. Season kabobs with salt, as desired.
  4. Meanwhile combine sauce ingredients in small bowl. Serve with kabobs.
Preparation and Cooking Time

30 to 35 minutes

Calories: 280g | Total Fat: 13g
Cholesterol: 55mg | Protein: 31g
Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 200mg

Serves

Makes 4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions:

Cook's Tip: Eight 12-inch bamboo skewers may be substituted for metal skewers. Soak bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes before using; drain.

SOURCE: The Beef Checkoff

Grilling-Tailgating 11 August 2015

Garlicky Beef Kabobs

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds beef sirloin
Preparation
  1. In small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, rosemary, paprika, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Cover and let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
  2. Trim meat if needed and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Transfer to large bowl.
  3. Spoon half of mustard mixture over beef; toss gently to coat. Place in zipper plastic bag and marinate for least an hour in the refrigerator.
  4. On 10-inch skewers, thread meat, leaving 1/4 inch between pieces.
  5. Preheat grill.
  6. Reduce heat to medium (on a gas grill). Place meat skewers on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill 8 to 10 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness, turning once and brushing with remaining mustard mixture halfway through grilling.
Preparation Time

30 minutes, plus marinade time

Cook Time

10 minutes

Serves

6

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

By Shana Beattie

SOURCE: United Soybean Board

Main Dishes 11 August 2015

Top Chops for the Grill

Grilled Pork Chops with Basil-Garlic Rub
Fire-Lover's Rub

(Family Features) When looking for inspiration on the grill, nothing beats the tender, juicy pork chop. This hearty protein is a versatile canvas for a wide range of mouthwatering rubs, glazes and marinades that will ignite taste buds with bold new flavors.

To fire up your grill creativity, look to simple, fuss-free recipes that pack big flavor. Take your pork chops on a jaunt through the Mediterranean with a savory Basil-Garlic Rub. Or, spice up the chop with a Fire-Lovers Rub, featuring a robust blend of Southwestern-inspired spices. No matter what tastes you crave, the pork chop is your perfect partner on the grill all year long.

For more on how to get the most out of pork on the grill, turn to these tips from the National Pork Board:

Know your chops. Did you know there are five different pork chop cuts? From the richly marbled blade chop to the lean iconic loin chop, there are many delicious options for quick-cooking chops on the grill. Ask your retailer or butcher to help choose the cut that's right for you-it might just result in a new favorite.

Make it your own. Pork chops pair perfectly with a virtually endless variety of tasty rubs and marinades. Experiment with your own flavor combinations by taking standby recipes and swapping out or adding ingredients to suit your family's tastes.

Mind your cook time. For juicy, tender pork, the USDA now recommends cooking chops, roasts and tenderloins to an internal temperature of 145°F with a 3-minute rest. Be sure to use a digital cooking thermometer for the most delicious results.

For more details on pork chop cuts, tips and mouthwatering recipes, visit www.PorkBeInspired.com. You can also follow the National Pork Board on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PorkBeInspired and on Twitter @AllAboutPork.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Basil-Garlic Rub

Description

When looking for inspiration on the grill, nothing beats the tender, juicy pork chop.

Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops, 3/4-inch thick
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preparation
  1. With machine running, drop garlic through feed tube of food processor to mince. Stop, add fresh basil, and process until chopped. Add lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper and process to make a thin wet rub. Spread both sides of pork chops with basil mixture. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare medium-hot fire in grill. Brush grate clean and oil grate. Grill chops, over direct heat, turning once, to medium rare doneness, 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F, followed by a 3-minute rest.
Preparation Time

20-30 minutes

Cook Time

10-12 minutes

Calories: 210g | Total Fat: 14g
Cholesterol: 60mg | Protein: 27g
Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 620mg

Serves

4

Fire-Lover's Rub

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Preparation
  1. Mix chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, cayenne, granulated garlic and black pepper in small bowl. Rub both sides of pork chops with spice mixture. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes. Cook chops to an internal temperature of 145°F with a 3-minute rest.

Calories: 220g Total Fat: 14.5g
Cholesterol: 60mg Protein: 27g
Carbohydrates: 4g Sodium: 1220mg

Serves

Makes enough for 4 pork chops

SOURCE: National Pork Board

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