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Onion Marinated Roast Beef

April 19th, 2014 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

I am trying to avoid fried foods for some time, and while actually doing so, I am amazed with how many recipes I use involve frying.

So I was staying in front of meat counter figuring out what to cook. And then lady behind the counter suggested to roast some beef.

And this is a recipe I decided to go with: roast beef marinated with onions, black pepper, coriander, allspice and bay leaves.

In addition to ingredients this recipe also required an oven bag or dutch oven with a lid.

Veal Rolls with Pear

March 15th, 2014 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

I saw veal rolls with pear meal in some TV show once and wanted to try it ever since.

The combination of ingredients in this recipe is unusual, veal is pretty expensive and somewhat hard to find here in US. This is probably the reason why I got to this recipe only now.

I used veal scallopini here, because they are already sliced, and it is easier to pick meat pieces of right amount and size. But you can also use whole piece of veal meat and slice it yourself. As for the pear, use ripe fragrant pear for better results.

Meat Stew with Beer, Mushrooms and Vegetables

August 17th, 2013 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes, Pork by Julia Volhina

Meat stewed with mushrooms and vegetables in beer. It works good for dinner, left overs can be reheated for lunch. Boiled potato side dishes will go good with such meat.

I used beef for this recipe, but it will work good with either pork or beef. Tomato paste or canned tomatoes can be used instead of fresh tomatoes.

Amount of beer to use for this recipe will depend on the size of the pot you use, it should be enough to cover meat completely while cooking.

Beef Gyros with Vegetables and Spices

May 11th, 2013 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Beef sirloin steak meat marinated in gyros spices and vegetables turns out tender (if meat is of good quality) and somewhat spicy.

Meat needs to marinate for couple of hours, overnight is good, but it can go longer. I usually prepare meat and sear portion of it right before serving, and I store remaining marinated meat in fridge until I need it next time.

Accompanying beef gyros with Tzatziki sauce is a good choice, spices in meat and sauce blend in well.

Veal Rolls with Feta Cheese, Garlic and Olives

April 20th, 2013 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

This recipe is not so budgety, prices for veal in US are somewhat high, but I like veal meat: it is lean and tender.

To reduce cost a bit, another part of veal can be substituted for scallopini here, pieces should be sliced thin, beef will do too but may need to be cooked longer to be tender.

Use any kind of white wine you like, it can be also served later with the course.

Jellied Meat (Kholodets)

November 10th, 2012 in Appetizers & Snacks, Beef, Chicken, Main Dish Recipes, Pork by Julia Volhina

Another traditional dish of various east and west european cuisines (russian, ukrainian, polish, and many others): jellied meat, also knows as kholodets, studen, dragli, aspic, and many other names.

Main ingredient to successful preparation of jellied meat is using meat with cartilages (hocks, years, tails, etc), without these broth will not jelly (pig or chicken skin helps too).

If broth doesn’t jelly (too less cartilages used) you can dissolve a bit of gelatine in the broth before pouring it to the dish. I don’t like using gelatine, but it can be a fail-safe mechanism if you want to make the dish is ready in time for an important event.

Steaks Marinated in Onion Juice

September 1st, 2012 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

A simple recipe to marinate steaks for a cookout: onion juice tenderizes meat without draining its own juices and no need to clean onions themselves as if you would need to do when marinating meat with chopped onions.

I used only salt and ground black pepper as seasonings this time, but other spices can be used to your taste: bay leaf, allspice, paprika, whole peppercorns, whatever you like.

Any meat cut will work here, more lean meats may require more time for marinating.

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