German Beef Dishes
German beef is the perfect Sunday supper: roasted, and usually served with delicious spaetzle noodles and a tart sauerkraut. And when serving a German beef dinner, don't forget the mustard and horseradish.
Red wine, dill pickles, and mustard flavor this slow cooker beef roast.
Here's a delicious, quick-to-assemble alternative to German meat loaf.
Yogurt replaces the traditional sour cream for a calorie-reduced version of this classic dish.
This pot roast recipe has German seasonings (including pickles, wine, and mustard), resulting in an especially flavorful gravy. Make the spaetzle from scratch or from a mix.
This traditional German dish is a pickle-filled beef roll. Serve it for dinner with gravy, braised cabbage, and dumplings.
Ham, beef, beans, and lots of vegetables make this soup a filling meal for a cold winter day.
A tenderloin steak, pate and puff pastry are the main ingredients in this rich beef dish that is as impressive as it is delicious. Beef Wellington is pricey enough to keep it from being an everyday meal, and it requires a bit of skill and patience to prepare. But once you become an expert on how to cook Beef Wellington, you'll know how to make a gourmet meal that is hard to surpass in flavor and presentation.
Learning how to cook cube steak the right way, and you'll have a flavorful meal that makes you feel like you've eaten in a steakhouse, without the dent in your wallet.
If you know how to cook ground beef, you can serve up a healthy one-dish meal any day of the week. Ground beef became popular as a way to make scraps of fatty beef salable. Originally the meat was chopped finely or minced, but by 1902 butchers were simply running it through the meat grinder twice along with spices and onion, and selling the resulting ground beef as "hamburger." Today ground beef is used in all sorts of dishes, from meatloaf to tacos, and Americans consume approximately 13 billion hamburgers a year.
From hamburgers to meatloaf, casseroles to meatballs, ground beef has long been a staple of American home cooking, in large part because it's more affordable than other types and cuts of meat. So it's no wonder that somewhere along the line, someone invented sloppy joes -- deliciously messy sandwiches made with ground beef in a tomato-based sauce that can range from mild to spicy -- as a means of stretching the amount of beef they had on hand to feed a few more.
Enchiladas have been around in one form or another since the pre-Columbian times. In fact, it seems that people were figuring out how to make enchiladas almost as long as there have been tortillas. The ancient Aztecs made enchilada dishes consisting of a fried tortilla topped with salsa and cheese, covered by another tortilla and topped off with a fried egg. Though these dishes existed for centuries, the term "enchilada" (which literally means "chili filled") wasn't coined until the 19th century, and the original dish has been all but completely transformed since its early days.
Why would you want to know how to make chicken fried steak (also know as country fried steak)? First, almost everything is more delicious when it's fried, but more importantly, this is a great trick for making a tough piece of beef more tender and flavorful. Where does the "chicken" part come in? The name nods to both the herb coating that the meat is dredged in (made with flour or breadcrumbs) -- similar to the batter used for fried chicken -- and the fact that it's fried to golden brown, just like chicken. The dish is usually made with round steak (also known as cube steak once it's been tenderized by a butcher).
If you've never made beef stew, you might think it's complicated to put together or will break the family budget. Not true. Beef stew is actually one of the easiest and most economical meals you can serve. Once you've browned the meat and chopped your vegetables, the ingredients simmer away without constant tending.
Once you've learned how to cook filet mignon that is tender and juicy, you can serve a restaurant-quality meal any time you want right in your own home. A tenderloin is a pricey cut of beef, but there's little to no waste and nothing says "I love you" more than a perfectly cooked filet mignon, so it's a great choice for special occasions.
Just about every Italian joint in the U.S. knows how to make ziti, but why not put it together at home next time you're craving a hearty, red-sauce meal? Ziti--also referred to as baked ziti, depending on the preparation--is as honored among Italian-Americans as spaghetti with meatballs.
If your entree is like the star performer of your meal, then your side dishes are the supporting characters. But no matter how good your star is, you won't have a good show without interesting supporting characters, right? What does this mean when it comes to your meal? It means that same old boring steamed broccoli isn't going to cut it this time. But what can you choose instead? Learn how to cook asparagus, and your meal will be a sure-fire hit every night.