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Another Year in the Books – You Deserve a Braise!

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a deliciously tender braised beef dish? This slow-and-low cooking process results in melt-in-your mouth beef and is the method of choice for larger, less tender cuts of beef, like Pot Roast or Brisket. Follow the simple steps below and achieve braising greatness with little effort:

 Choose your cut. For best braising results, choose a larger or tougher cut of beef, like a Pot Roast, Brisket, Bottom Round Rump Roast or Short Ribs.

Prepare your beef. Slowly brown beef on all sides (in a small amount of oil) in a heavy pan over medium heat. Pour off drippings. Season the browned beef with the seasonings of your choice. Add a small amount—about 1/2 to 2 cups—of liquid (try broth, juice or wine!) to the pot. 

Cook your beef. Cover the pot tightly and simmer gently over low heat on top of the range or in a preheated 325°F until beef is fork-tender (or check out our guide for cooking times). 

Need some inspiration for delicious braising recipes? Check out this collection of mouthwatering beef dishes.  


Celebrate National Slow Cooker Month

There’s a movement happening. A movement back to slow cooked comfort food, especially popular during the chillier months. A quick look at Pinterest will reveal that the slow cooker is back! It makes sense…parents can let it do the hard work for them and have a delicious, warm meal on the table at the end of the day with minimal effort. And what better way to celebrate National Slow Cooker Month (and test your slow cooking prowess!) than with a few deliciously simple slow cooked beef dishes!

Do you spend winters thinking of summertime? Our Chilly Day Beef Chili is sure to warm your tummy and hold you over until hotter days arrive! This recipe is great for kids – top it with cheese and sour cream; or if you like it a bit spicier, try adding a sprinkle of jalapeno peppers before serving. 

When there’s a nip in the air, there’s almost nothing better than a piping hot bowl of stew. Our Italian Beef & Bean Stew combines savory beef, bean soup mix, beef broth and tomato pesto – throw it in the slow cooker before work and you’ll have a hearty meal waiting for you when you get home from a long day at work. Looking for something a little more adventurous? Moroccan Beef & Sweet Potato Stew is as equally simple and tasty! 

Make your dish stand out from the rest with this simple tip: brown your beef in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker!


More Soup for You!

Warm your bones by the fire. Or maybe with a nice hot dinner. We’ve got some steaming hot soup recipes perfect for celebrating National Soup Month, or those chilly evenings when you just need something cozy and comforting!

For a new twist on a classic, say “bonjour” to Beefy French Onion Soup. It transforms Ground Beef (we like to use 93% lean or leaner) and condensed French Onion Soup into something spectacular on an ordinary Tuesday night. 

Feed your ramen obsession with this 30-minute Beef Ramen Noodle Bowl recipe! Slice Top Sirloin and ramen noodles come together in a savory broth and are topped with carrots, bean sprouts, green onion, pickled ginger or sriracha – you choose.

And the kids are guaranteed to love our beef and veggie packed Zippy Beef Alphabet Soup with Parmesan Toasts. Prep is as easy as ABC – even the kids can help. 

Lastly, you’ll want to keep our Beef Green Chili recipe in your back pocket for your next chili throw down. This recipe combines beef brisket, onion, bell pepper, jalapenos and diced tomatoes for a new take on an old favorite. Yum!

Please contact kmillspaugh@beef.org to obtain high resolution images and full recipes.

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