5 beef dishes that will leave your dinner guests wanting more
So, it’s your turn to host a dinner party. Naturally, you want to impress your guests without slaving away for the day. So why not pick a dish from Canada Beef’s Tested & True Recipes? These recipes are curated by the pros for easy home preparation and to keep the integrity of the star ingredient- beef!
With the rise in popularity of simulated meat products, some may have forgotten about the real thing. Don’t get us wrong, eat yo’ veggies, but there’s also a slew of nutritional benefits from our beloved Canadian beef that we shouldn’t forget! For starters, it’s one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods and is recommended as part of Canada’s food guide Eat Well Plate. For 100g of cooked beef, you’re getting 35g of protein, 100% of your daily value (DV) of vitamin B12, 79% of your DV of zinc, 19% of your DV of iron, and 15% of your DV of vitamin B6. Protein-rich beef also helps increase the iron absorption from vegetables that have iron (think spinach) by 150%, making it the perfect pairing for any veggie dish!
With that being said, we’ve partnered with our pals over at Canada Beef and picked 5 dishes that would make delicious starters, sides, or mains for your next dinner party.
This dish is perfect for celebrating the coming of spring. This light and colourful salad with the addition of marinated steak has some power to keep your guests full without feeling bogged down. Serve it as a side to your main or as the main itself! This recipe uses marinating steak so you won’t be breaking the bank, but you’ll be making the tastebuds happy.
It says it all in the title. This recipe will take you a total of 35 minutes from start to finish. Even those who claim they can’t cook can fool guests into thinking otherwise! By using lean/extra lean ground beef sirloin, you’ll keep these low in fat and high in protein. Serve them on toothpicks or in a cocktail glass with the slaw as an appie, or make them into burgers and serve with the slaw as a topper! You’ve got options here, pals.
Everyone likes a good ‘za, but it might not be the fanciest dish for a dinner party. That’s not the case for this beefed-up pie! Loaded with striploin grilling steak and pastrami, guests will be fighting for the last slice. Feel free to play around with the toppings and cheeses to suit everyone’s preference!
Dinner served in 15 minutes? Heck yes! Chopping, seasoning, and tossing on the grill is the extent of culinary skill required here. By using top sirloin grilling steak, you’ll get great beefy flavour without any excess fat. It’s one of the healthiest cuts of steak available! Paired with grilled veggies, and you got yourself a delicious and nutritious meal that your guests will love.
Braising might sound like a difficult cooking method, but trust us, it’s not! We like to think that braised is also synonymous with delicious, tender, and flavourful. Short ribs are rich in marbling and make the perfect comfort food because of their deep flavour profile – so don’t get scared off, because there’s a good chance this will be a crowd favourite.
Before you go off to prepare dinner, we wanted to leave you with a little more information that will have you rethink Canadian beef and the environment. We should all be proud that raising beef in our country has one of the lowest greenhouse gas footprints in the world and had a 14% decline in emissions since 1981. Canadian beef farmers also work with conservation groups to safeguard streams and creeks with a 20% decrease in the amount of ground and 17% less water used to produce a kg of beef compared to 1981! Visit their website for more facts, recipes, and farmer stories.
Now, that you’re fully equipped with recipes and knowledge of our beloved beef, we’ll be waiting for our invite to dinner!