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Slow Beer Braised Beef and Broccoli with Baked Potatoes Recipe

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6 Different Types of Beef Dishes

You certainly have your favorite beef dishes. However, when you want to mix it up, it can help to know other types of beef dishes. This can allow you to find new types of meals or recipes that you may not have thought of.

If you’ve never given thought to how many types of beef dishes there are, you may  be surprised. In truth, there’s little need to eat the same type of food regularly, unless it’s simply your favorite food. There are so many options out there!

Sandwiches

Philly cheesesteak sandwich with peppers and beef

Beef sandwiches are a staple of American cuisine. It is hard to imagine a world without sandwiches, but they are a relatively new invention. The sandwich, as we know it today, first became popular in the 1700s.

Philly Cheesesteak

A traditional Philly cheesesteak sandwich is made from pieces of beefsteak. These are thinly sliced, and placed on a hoagie bun. Sauted onions and peppers are also added.

There’s some debate about the type of cheese that should go on a cheesesteak. Swiss and cheddar are the most common choices. However, American white cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, and gouda are also valid options.

Some people even add cheese whiz, but this seems like a sacrilege to any true Philly cheesesteak lover.

Roast Beef

Roast beef sandwiches begin with roast beef. As the name suggests, this is a large cut of beef that is roasted in the oven. Then, it’s thinly sliced into sandwich meat.

Roast beef sandwiches can come in many forms. Hot roast beef sandwiches are similar to the Beef n Cheddars you’ll find at Arbys. They are served hot, of course, with melted cheese.

Roast beef can also be served with lettuce, tomato, and mayo for a simple yet classic favorite.

Other flavor options include barbeque sauce, honey mustard, and pickles. My personal favorite condiment for roast beef is red wine vinegar and oil.

Ruben

A Reuben is a unique type of sandwich that everyone either loves or hates. There’s really no in between here. It starts with corned beef which is thinly sliced.

They are typically served on rye bread. Saurkraut is the other component that makes a Reuben a reuben. Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing are also common components.

They have the advantage of being different and delicious, while still being easy to make.

French Dip

French dip is one of my favorite sandwiches. It tastes hearty and indulgent, but it’s very simple to make. It’s made with roast beef. It’s usually served on a baguette or hoagie bun.

Traditionally, the dip for French dip is made from the drippings created by cooking the meat. However, if you aren’t roasting your own beef, you can purchase premade sauces or seasoning packets. Swiss cheese, and sometimes caramelized onions, are also added to the sandwich.

Hamburger

You may not think of a hamburger as a beef sandwich. This is because we tend to give this American favorite its own category. However, at its heart, it is certainly a sandwich, and its made from beef.

Hamburgers can be made so many ways. Add cheese to make it a cheeseburger. Grill it or fry it. Add bacon, tomato, mayo, or even barbecue sauce.

Soups

Beef stew with vegetables

Soups are a favorite during the colder months. They are filling and warming in a way that few dishes are. Beef soups provide a hearty flavor that gives it a proper place as a comfort food.

Vegetable Beef Soup

This is probably what comes to mind when you think of beef soup. Vegetable beef soup can be made with chunks of beef, or ground beef. The beef is cooked with vegetables. Celery, corn, potatoes, carrots, and peas are commonly included. However, it can be easily adjusted to fit your personal tastes.

Some types are tomato based, while others have beef broth as the base.

Beef Stew

I must admit, I spent many years of my adult life with no idea what the difference between a soup and a stew was. In case you are in the same boat, I’ll explain.

A soup typically contains more liquid. The liquid will cover the ingredients of the soup, and allow them to float within it. A stew, on the other hand, only has enough liquid to slightly cover the ingredients. The liquid is typically thicker in stew as well.

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger soup is a fun dish the entire family will love. It’s made with ground beef, and of course, cheese. Potatoes, carrots, and celery are commonly added as well.

It has a creamy consistency, thanks to a broth base and sour cream. Velveeta is used in many recipes. However, you can change it up, and add Swiss or cheddar, or pepper jack to give the dish a unique twist.

Raw Beef Dishes

Steak tartare topped with egg.

These days, eating raw meat is a rare occurrence, pun intended. We are well aware of the potential for food poisoning, so most meats must be cooked thoroughly.

When it comes to beef, there are some exceptions to this rule. If you’ve never eaten raw beef, you should give it a try.

Steak Tartare

Steak tartare begins with steak, of course. You can use beef steak or beef tenderloin. It’s best to get the meat directly from a butcher, and let them know you will eat it raw. This will ensure you get a fresh lean cut of beef.

The steak can be minced or ground in a food processor. Cappers, shallots, and small dill picks are typically added. Mustard and Worcestershire sauce provide more flavor.

It’s typically served topped with a raw egg. The egg can also be mixed into the dish itself.

Carne Cruda

If you’ve ever cooked fish with lemon juice, Carne Cruda uses a similar method. It consists of finely chopped beef. It’s then soaked in a mixture of garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil.

It’s typically served as an appetizer. You can add anchovy paste to the lemon juice mixture. A white truffle can be used for garnish.

Beef Carpaccio

This is an Italian appetizer that delivers big beef flavor. The same rules about obtaining the meat apply. You’ll need a fresh beef tenderloin. You should make and eat the dish on the same day you purchase the meat for safety.

The key to this dish is to keep it cool. The tenderloin is very thinly sliced, and placed on a cold plate. You can choose to put the plate in the fridge or freezer ahead of time, or pop an ice pack under it.

Place the meat on the plate. Next, you’ll garnish it. Capers,arugula, sea salt and ground pepper are common additions. You may also add a bit of vinegar and oil. The point of this dish is to allow the meat itself to shine.

Main Dishes

Slow cooker pot roast with carrots and potatoes

Beef is a very popular meal option. If you have beef, you can make a meal. I’ve found myself raiding the fridge and cabinet more than once, making meals with whatever cut of beef and other ingredients I have on hand.

No need to improvise here, however. These are some of the best main dishes made with beef.

Beef Roast

A beef pot roast is a classic Sunday meal. Allow it to cook for several hours, and the roast will get very tender. It’s typically cooked with salt, pepper, and vegetables. Add potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, and a little garlic, and you’ve got an entire meal that’s easy to prep.

Best of all, you can enjoy the leftovers as sandwiches, or make beef barbeque the next day.

Beef Barbeque

Take that roast beef and shred it. Then, add the barbeque sauce, and allow it to cook for an hour or more on low heat. It’s really that simple. Serve it on hamburger buns, preferably lightly toasted.

Provide pickles and chips for sides, and you have a great lunch or dinner, without a lot of work.

If you have the time and energy to make your own barbeque sauce, the barbeque will be even more delicious.

Beef Ribs

Beef ribs are typically served topped with barbeque sauce, but they truly deserve their own section. Ribs are fun to eat. It takes effort to remove the meat from the rib bones. Add in messy barbeque sauce, and you’ve got an enjoyable informal meal.

Spagetti

Spagetti is a simple meal that everyone enjoys. It’s typically made with a tomato based sauce, and spaghetti noodles. Spagetti with meat sauce includes ground beef as well.

You can also make spaghetti with meatballs. In this case, the ground beef is rolled into balls, cooked, and then added to the spaghetti.

Beef Stir Fry

Asian teriyaki beef sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Beef stir fry is as healthy as it is tasty. It starts with stirps of beef. Sauted vegetables are added as well. One of the things to love about stir fry is its customization.

It can be made with a wide range of vegetables. These include leeks, onions, pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, and bean sprouts, to name a few.

You can choose a traditional stir fry sauce or create your own. Teriyaki or sweet and sour sauces also work well.

It’s typically served alongside rice or noodles.

Beef Stroganof

Beef stroganoff is one of my favorite dishes. It’s creamy comfort food, and it’s fairly easy to make as well. I prefer it with strips of beef or beef tips. It’s best to choose a tender well marbled steak, and slice it yourself. However, you can also make it with ground beef.

Other stroganoff ingredients include mushrooms, onions, beef broth, pasta, and sour cream. This creates a savory creamy sauce that is always a hit.

Tacos

Tacos are another dish everyone seems to love. They are made from ground beef. The ground beef is cooked with spices. You can choose a premade taco seasoning, or make your own. In fact, with cumin, chili powder, oregano, and onion powder, you have the ingredients to make your own seasoning.

Tacos can be served in flour tortillas, corn tortillas, or hard taco shells. Top with cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, and anything else you enjoy.

Veal Dishes

Roasted veal chops garnished with herbs.

Veal isn’t for everyone. It comes from calves, or young cows. This provides a very tender lean cut of meat, but it is offputting for some. If you enjoy veal, there are a few veal dishes you should know about.

Veal Roast

A veal roast is a simple yet elegant dish. It’s typically seasoned with a few ingredients. Salt, pepper, oyster sauce, molasses, and white wine are popular options.

It’s baked in the oven. Typically, it starts with high heat to brown the outside. Then the heat is lowered to complete the cooking process.

It can be served with rice, noodles, or roasted or sauteed vegetables.

Veal Chops

Veal chops are another great veal dish. They are typically pan fried, but they can be grilled as well. Like veal roast, the seasoning is usually very light.

Lemon juice, salt, pepper, butter, and rosemary are all you really need. Of course, you’ll want to fry it in butter and olive oil.

This is elegant enough to serve at your next dinner party, but simple to make. Serve it with a light Shiraz wine to enhance the flavor of veal without overpowering it.

Veal Picatta

Veal picatta is both a gourmet dish and classic comfort food. The delicate veal is paired with a butter sauce. Lemon juice and capers provide a tangy flavor.

Picatta is Italian. It means “to pound flat”. To make veal picatta, you’ll need to pound the veal into a flattened submission. Not only is this fun, it can even be therapeutic.

Serve the veal with mashed potatoes, rice, mushrooms, or green beans.

Steak Dishes

Rib-eye steak on a flaming grill.

You can’t talk about beef dishes without talking about steak. Who doesn’t love a thick juicy steak? Or perhaps you prefer recipes with steak as the star ingredient.

If you are a beef lover  like I am, you probably love your steak anyway you can get it! There are so many ways to enjoy it, it’s hard to get bored with it.

Grilled Steak

This is the classic version of steak. Cuts of steak that are ideal for this are porterhouse, t-bone, ribeye, sirloin, and new York strip. Truthfully, nearly any cut of steak can be grilled to perfection.

You may choose to marinate the steak before cooking, or baste it during the cooking process. Of course, you can simply season it with salt and pepper during cooking to allow the flavor of the steak itself to shine.

The classic sides are a baked potato and salad, but there are many options here as well. Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, and mushrooms are a few potential sides.

Steak and Potato Skillet

Steak and potatoes go together so well, they are almost always seen together. However, they aren’t typically cooked together. A steak and potato skillet contains steak tips, potatoes, garlic, and butter.

It’s a simple yet delicious recipe. It’s also complete in less than 30 minutes, and anyone can get it right.

Steak Fajitas

Another way to enjoy your steak is to make steak fajitas. It’s typically made with strips of steak, onions, and peppers. Butter, lime juice, and cilantro complete the dish. You may marinade the steak in olive oil, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and garlic.

Serve with warm tortillas, and choose your favorite toppings. Salsa, cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos are a few options.