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Over the weekend, we decided to tackle some projects that we’ve been putting off. Maybe we’ll fix that outdoor shutter. Perhaps we’ll plan out our summer garden. No matter how we spend the days, we definitely need delicious comfort food to keep us going! For the first few days of social distancing, we turned to our favorite go-to comfort foods. But then we started running short on ingredients. Now we’re turning to the freezer to see what sorts of things we have stashed away. (To be fair, we are still making a weekly grocery run. I’m just going super early and getting in and out immediately.)
If you’re like me, you might have some different cuts of beef stashed away in your freezer. Perhaps you bought an extra chuck roast when it was on sale last month? Or maybe you bought a big pack of short ribs and then stuck half of ’em in the freezer. Well now’s the time to dig those out!
Have you heard about Chuck Knows Beef? Chuck is a beef expert powered by Google Artificial Intelligence. He knows about ranching. He knows about beef cuts. He even knows how to cook. If you’re not sure what to cook for dinner, then ask Chuck! Or remember that extra chuck roast you bought on sale? Ask Chuck for recipe ideas! He’s full of good, beefy information…and he’s even enjoys a good Dad joke from time to thyme.
In addition to Chuck’s ideas, I compiled a list of my 20 Must Have Beef Recipes using those different cuts of beef in your freezer. Enjoy!
20 Must Have Beef Recipes
Beef Chuck Roast Recipes
These Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches are a tried and true recipe. These sammiches are hands down one of my favorites!
Keeping with the sandwiches idea, these Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Beef Sandwiches are delicious…and super easy!
If you want to get a little fancier, how about making this Beef Bourguignon? It’s a classic comfort food dish! (And it’s a great excuse to open up that bottle of wine you’ve been meaning to try.)
Or what about smoking that chuck roast? Now that Spring is here, get outside and fire up that smoker! This Smoked Beef Chuck Roast is a fun and unique idea for that extra chuck roast!
Beef Short Rib Recipes
Carbonade Flamande is a traditional Belgian dish consisting of beef short ribs simmered in Belgian ale and then served over fries or roasted potatoes. Delicious!
Another fun idea for beef short ribs? Short Rib Bolognese! This recipe slow simmers until the short ribs shred with a fork. Perfect comfort food!
Beef Steak Recipes
Sure, we can throw that steak on the grill. It’ll be delicious! But check out these other fun recipes for various cuts of steak. (Note: Many of these steak cuts can be interchanged. Have an extra NY Strip, but the recipe calls for Ribeye? Use the NY Strip! Recipe calls for T-Bone, but you have a Ribeye? Use the Ribeye! Long story short – adapt and use whatever you’ve got…it’ll still taste great!)
This Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak is a fun way to warm up the grill for all of the summer grillin’ that’s coming our way!
Or take that flank steak and make it Taco Tuesday…or Taco Wednesday…or Taco Thursday with these delicious Flank Steak Tacos. Yum!
Sirloin steaks in the freezer? Turn ’em into a tasty spring salad with this Grilled Steak Salad recipe.
Got an extra package of tortellini in the pantry, too? What about this Tortellini with Steak and Blue Cheese? It’s delicious!
Craving a pizza? (Come on…when are you not craving a pizza!) This Steak and Gorgonzola Pizza is a tasty way to use that leftover steak.
Bored? Set up a family board game night and make these Philly Cheesesteak Cups!
Cook once, eat twice! Make extra steak, onions and peppers and turn ’em into this Philly Cheesesteak Omelet for breakfast…or breakfast for dinner (my favorite!).
Steak tips simmered in dark beer. Sounds pretty delicious, right? Make it happen with these Steak and Ale Hand Pies!
Perhaps you have an extra T-Bone steak? This tomato + cucumber + feta cheese topping is amazing on top of a grilled steak!
This Chicken Fried Steak (Cubed Steak) is a Southern classic! And the jalapeno bacon gravy? Oh yeah, comfort food central right here!
London Broil (aka Top Round Steak)? Sous Vide it! I recognize that sous vide is a unique style of cooking…but now’s a great time to learn a new skill, right? I love sous vide!
Beef Brisket Recipes
Smoked Brisket is hands-down one of my favorite cuts of beef! These Smoked Brisket Tacos include a recipe as well as a step-by-step guide to smoking a brisket. (New to smoking meats? As I mentioned above, this is a great time to learn!)
Leftover smoked brisket? Turn it into a Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
If Spring is still a bit chilly in your neck of the woods, then this Brunswick Stew is a tasty way to use extra smoked brisket.
Did one of these “20 Must Have Beef Recipes” inspire you to use up that extra beef in your freezer? Leave a comment and let me know! In the meantime, stay healthy and safe out there. Cheers!