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Persian Okra Stew (Khoresh Bamieh)By Tara Omidvar, @madeofsugarandsaffron, Khoresh Bamieh or okra stew is a dish originating in the south of Iran. It’s a hot and flavourful dish with lots of garlic. Okra, beef and tamarind are the main ingredients. Like many other Iranian stews, there are different versions of this stew as well. Some cooks add split peas and some make it without tamarind. This version is the one that Tara’s grandmother taught her. The sourness that tamarind provides to this dish can’t be replaced with any other ingredient. As with every other Iranian stew, this dish is always served with saffron rice. You can also serve Shirazi Salad (see Tip), fresh herbs and/or pickled vegetables as accompaniments.Beef KreplachThis kreplach recipe by Chef Phillip Walters is a uniquely-presented version of these Jewish traditional dumplings in broth. The dumplings, filled with beef seasoned with fresh herbs, in an aromatic, richly-flavoured chicken broth are elevated even further with crispy carrot chips and a fresh dill oil for garnish. Black Pepper Beef Thai Stir-FryYouTube chef Pailin Chongchitnant of Hot Thai Kitchen put together this super simple, super speedy and authentic stir-fry recipe. To make this stir-fry in a snap, you can use leftover steak that you cooked for dinner the night before or think ahead and cook an extra steak to use just in this recipe. Pai’s ‘season ahead’ technique for steaks helps to develop caramelization and crusting which enhances the steak flavour without being too salty.
To make the recipe serve 4, simply double the recipe (except for the amount of water in the sauce).
Beef Bulgogi Dumplings (3 ways)An easy and delicious beef bulgogi dumpling recipe that allows you to say “no” to frozen store-bought dumplings forever! Dumplings are filled with seasoned cooked ground beef, green onions (scallions), fresh napa cabbage, sweet carrots, ginger, onions and garlic. Recipe developed by Christina Chow Herb-Glazed Braised Beef Brisket with Root VegetablesBring comfort food to the next level with this tender and delicious, slow-braised beef brisket. Accompanied by root vegetables and drizzled with a tasty fresh herb glaze, this brisket is dressed to impress.Beef SamosasSpiced ground beef enveloped in pastry and fried to perfection, these beef samosas make the best kind of appetizer. I prefer using lean ground beef for this recipe. Traditionally samosas are deep-fried though sometimes when we get uncooked samosas from our families we use the air fryer. The samosa wrappers can be found in the freezer section in well-stocked supermarkets and at Southeast Asian grocery stores.Persian Tiny Meatballs (Koofteh Rizeh)Koofteh is a Persian term for meatballs and Rizeh in Farsi means mini and tiny. There are many recipes for koofteh (also called kofta) in Middle Eastern cuisines. In Iran there are various recipes from different regions with most of them being from Azarbaijan province. There are many tips and tricks for making any kind of koofteh and usually grandmas are the experts. All koofteh recipes have one ingredient in common which is ground beef though the rest of ingredients may change. Some recipes have cooked rice, others yellow split peas and some might have chopped fresh herbs. Almost all of the koofteh recipes are finished by simmering in tomato sauce. Fried potatoes and tomatoes are here to bring extra flavors and texture to this recipe. This dish is commonly served with bread such as lavash or barbari. Torshi (pickled vegetables) and fresh herbs also pair beautifully with koofteh.Guava Barbecue Beef RibsHere’s a scrumptious lip-smacking good recipe for barbecue lovers with an exotic twist of tropical guavas. Guavas are the strawberries of the Bahamas. It’s used in our national dessert (Guava Duff), and when the fruit is not in season, it’s substituted with canned guavas or guava paste. It’s a staple ingredient in Bahamian culinary culture that is used year-round in jams, jellies, pastries, ice cream and barbecue sauces. Serve these glazed ribs with mac ‘n’ cheese or other favourite barbecue side dishes.Garlic Bread Banh Mi with Satay BeefA bit like an Asian-style sub sandwich, Banh Mi has both Vietnamese and French cultural influences. Thinly sliced beef cooks super-fast in just about the time it takes to heat the garlic bread. Mini Meatball and Potato Frittata (Frittata di Polpettine e Patate)My grandmother always had something in the fridge to make a bite to eat. She could make everything delicious in a frittata. If you have leftover meatballs use those instead of making the mini meatballs in this recipe. Cooking everything in the skillet makes for easy clean up and the result makes for happy bellies. Flank Steak Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Spicy MayoMy mother often cooked us grilled cheese for quick dinners and I always loved it. We weren't very wealthy so we rarely had prime cuts of beef to go in our meals. I still remember that she served us canned asparagus to accompany this dish! To honour my childhood dinners, I offer you a grilled cheese that is out of the ordinary! This is a hearty sandwich but even my girlfriend who doesn’t usually each much thinks it’s perfect.Beef and Tomato Stir-FryGrowing up, our family had a very large garden filled with tomatoes and many other vegetables. One of the ways we’d enjoy eating the flavorful juicy tomatoes would in this homestyle beef and tomato dish. Marinating the beef with a cornstarch mixture ensures that the meat will be tender and juicy after cooking. My mom would usually slice the fresh ginger into very thin matchsticks, however, the ginger in this recipe has been left in large slices to make it easier to spot them after cooking and set aside, if desired. Be sure to stir-fry the tomatoes gently so they still retain some of their shape and texture. Serve with hot cooked rice.Air-fried Beef and Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushroom BitesHere’s a new take on stuffed mushroom hors d’oeuvres, filled with the classic combination of beef and blue cheese. The air fryer cooks these up in just minutes to juicy perfection. Note: Cook times suggested are based on a counter-top family-size air fryer**; times will vary with different appliances so always check for doneness with a reliable digital instant-read thermometer and texture cues and adjust cook time as necessary. Ground beef is done when the thermometer reads 160°F (71°C). Stir-fried Beef and Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli)This stir-fry dish of beef and greens was served often at my childhood family dinner table, using our homegrown bounty of fresh picked gai lan, also known as Chinese broccoli. My daily job was to clean the garden vegetables for our meals, a job I disliked immensely since there were plenty of caterpillars and insects to pick out. That aside, when my mom would start cooking, I really enjoyed the scent of garlic, ginger and beef being fried and I couldn’t wait to eat! The method of slicing the beef steak thinly across the grain and marinating it ensures that each bite is quick-cooking, juicy and flavorful. The tender baby gai lan is first blanched, then added at the end of cooking for a quick reheat with the beef and savoury sauce. Be sure to have all the ingredients measured and ready to go as this dish cooks quickly. Serve with hot cooked rice.Pressure Cooker Chinese Beef Stew with Daikon and CarrotsChinese beef stew is one of my favorite Cantonese comfort food dishes that I grew up eating. As a child, I would eagerly anticipate dinner time when my mother would prepare it–it filled the kitchen with delicious aromas. Searing the beef creates colour and more delicious flavour to the stew. Star anise and five spice powder also add such a depth of flavor, these spices are what makes this classic dish so special. Daikon radish is a white vegetable that resembles a giant carrot. The radish and carrots are cut into large pieces to ensure they are tender, but still retain their texture during cooking. I’ve adapted my family recipe to use the electric pressure cooker to produce the same tender and flavorful results as cooking on the stovetop. My family and I enjoy eating this served over hot cooked rice or rice noodles.Chinese Beef Curry PuffsA weekly trip to Chinatown to buy Asian groceries occasionally also meant a special stop at the Chinese bakery. As a child, one of my favorite pastries to eat was the very tasty, mild flavoured curry beef puffs (and it still is!). Under the many layers of flaky pastry was a delicious filling of delicious fragrant savoury beef. This recipe re-creates the treat with an easy-to-make ground beef filling with the convenience of prepared frozen puff pastry. Be sure to thaw pastry in the refrigerator overnight and keep chilled until ready to use. Refrigerating the meat filling makes it easier to work with.Chipotle-lime Air Fryer Beef SkewersTender, juicy and chocked full of flavour, cooking these skewers in the air fryer means you avoid fussing over a grill–especially helpful when the weather is nasty. Note: Cook times suggested are based on a counter-top family-size air fryer**; times will vary with different appliances so always check for doneness with a reliable digital instant-read thermometer and texture cues and adjust cook time as necessary. Individual Ground Beef WellingtonsThese individual Beef Wellingtons are made with ground beef instead of the traditional beef tenderloin, making them a delicious, yet cost effective, way to serve a special meal to your family and friends.The ground beef is seasoned well, topped with duxelles (a mixture of chopped mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and thyme), neatly folded into thin slices of prosciutto, then wrapped in prepared puff pastry to create beautiful little packages, which are bursting with big flavour. Pan-seared Filet Mignon with Herbed Butter BasteThis time-honoured technique is key to making the steakhouse style steak that you crave. For best results, use a cast iron pan that has a flat surface (i.e. without the grill ridges). Be sure to have your stovetop vent on high, good oven mitts at the ready and an apron on to catch spatters. This is a messy technique but it’s worth every minute of cleanup. If you don’t have both rosemary and thyme, use just one. Also good with a sprig of fresh tarragon.Braised Short Ribs and MusselsThe next time you’re craving classic surf-and-turf, give something different a try–simmered Beef Short Ribs with mussels. With these rich flavours you won’t be missing the traditional lobster tail! What do these surf-and-turf pairs have in common? Wine – the short ribs are simmered in a red, and the mussels in a white. Cheers!