Showing posts with label beef. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beef. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Beef Bone Broth


BONE BROTH

it's been thrown around as a "SUPER FOOD", but it's nothing new.  really, it's just homemade broth like my grandmother made.  she would often forget the bones simmering away on the stove.  little did she know she was extracting all the healthy nutrients found in those bones...
good broth can be made in a few hours, 

but...this COOKS FOR 2 DAYS !
it's worth it. 

the health benefits?...there are plenty.  i won't list them all. there is plenty of information out there...
i am not a nutritionist, but i DO know this is just good ol' school  
GOOD-FOR-YOU FOOD !

IMPORTANT NOTE... since this post i have found some great info on the subject that changed my broth method... Most importantly to add the vegetables in the last few hours to avoid a possible "burnt" flavor.  
Please read Stupid Easy Paleo.  "Bone Broth 101". Ryan Harvey, from "Bare Bones Broth Co.", is the guest post-er with a wealth of information... also, be sure to read the comments.

the finished product should be like beef "umami"broth.  no distinct flavor,  just delicate, viscous,  smooth, unassuming and dee-licious.  fabulous on it's own OR...use as a blank canvas.
flavor as you see fit.  i chose to freeze half, unseasoned. and throw some demi glace and tarragon in the other half.  i also used some for a "faux-BONE-PHO"...flavoring with star anise, clove, ginger, cinnamon etc...

FYI...grandma didn't have to worry about "organic" and "pasture-raised", but YOU DO!
 i did the best i could.
choose organic, hormone free, natural raised beef and chicken parts.   chicken feet and necks are a must.  they give great viscosity to the broth.


OXTAILS...good choice, i love 'em.
i removed the meat when it was good and tender to eat, then threw the bones back in.


put all your meats and bones into a big roasting pan.  i drizzled a little organic olive oil over everything.  380-390 F.  probably will take about an hour to get good and brown.  give them a check and turn things over half way through.


MEATS AND BONES
use all beef with some chicken parts (feet, necks and backs)
i can not tell you how many pounds of each or the total amount here, but the visual is photo above.

brown everything in 390 F oven for about an hour...check on them and give them a turn or two.
when finished put into large stock pot
BUT WAIT !...don't forget to deglaze the roasting pan.  you don't want to miss out on all that caramelized goodness
ADD FILTER WATER TO THE STOCK POT TO COVER BONES
AND... add a few Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
bring to a boil, then turn down to a very low simmer.
24-48 hours.  mine was about 40 hours.
NOTE...i turned mine off during the night and left the lid slightly ajar.  when i woke up, it was still VERY warm.  then bring it back to a boil and down to a simmer again.
NOTE...i am NOT the food safety police.  you do what you feel comfortable with.

Vegetables/herbs go in the last 4-6 hours
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 large onion
5-6 smashed garlic cloves
sprigs of thyme and/or other herbs of choice 


strain liquid into another big pot.
don't toss the bones just yet.
you should to do a "BONE WASH".
there is still good stuff in there.  add a little (few cups at first) to the bones and left-overs.  swirl the water around to wash the bones.  now, strain this liquid into the pot with the broth. don't worry if it looks or tastes watery, you can reduce for extra flavor.

i used cheese cloth for the 3rd and 4th straining, but a regular strainer or colander is best for the first strain and bone-wash strain.

i poured broth into tall soup containers so it would cool faster.
let come to room temp so the fat will separate.
now put in the fridge for a few hours or over night so the fat cap will get solid for easy removal.
throw it in the freezer if not using within the week.
but...if you are ready to consume remove fat cap
(save fat cap for cooking.  great flavor and full of nutrients)
put all gelatinous yummy broth into a pot and reheat to a boil.
simmer for a while if you need to reduce.
NOW IS THE TIME TO SEASON
always season the finished product
i like to enjoy a cup a day so i might season each serving a little different...
salt, pepper, "flavorgod everything"
tarragon is a favorite
try soy and star anise
or a sprig of rosemary
maybe garlic blend and pinch of chipotle....

CHEERS... "A CUP A DAY KEEPS THE DR. AWAY"

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Chipotle Braised Short Ribs


THE SHORT RIB IS KING !!!

BUT...this recipe is great for a lot of slow cooked meats....
i've cooked beef cheeks, pork necks and soon will test some pork belly and trotters.

AN ABSOLUTE MUST TRY !
go BIG or go home...
i mean...make EXTRA.
you will thank me later.

OH...and as the original recipe states...if you can wait a day after cooking, it gets even BETTER !


serve over rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, polenta steamed veg. etc....
shown above with braising gravy/sauce and KONJAC Noodles for a gluten free Paleo-friendly hearty meal.


CHIPOTLE BRAISED SHORT RIBS
original found HERE

2 Tbsp olive oil
6-8 pieces short ribs
Kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
4 small carrots, diced
4 stalks celery, diced
i medium onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, smashed
2 Tbsp flour
4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce...(or 2-3 if you can't handle the heat.)
2 tsp adobo sauce...(from canned chipotles)
note...i put 2 TABLEspoons.
2 cups red wine.  a syrah or zinfandel works.
1 cup beef stock (homemade is best. canned is a bit salty)
2 bay leaves

you can do this in a slow cooker, BUT...it is much better braised in a dutch oven.
preheat oven to 275F.
season the ribs all over with salt and pepper.  add a little olive oil to the dutch oven.  get your pot at med/hot and brown the meat on all sides.  do not crowd the pot.  you might have to do this in batches....set browned meat aside.
add carrots, celery, onion and garlic to the oil in the casserole pot.  cook on medium heat until vegetables are softened and golden.  about 10 minutes.  season with salt and pepper.
NOW...add flour, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce to the casserole with veg.  stir to combine.  deglaze the pot with red wine.  stir up ALL the good brown bits.  bring to a simmer and add the beef stock.
return the ribs to the pot and add bay leaves.  bring this to a slow simmer.  cover the pot and place in oven.  cook until the ribs are very fork tender.  about 3 hours.
IMPORTANT to check seasoning.  i tend to "under-salt".  you might want to add a little

PS...as Liren says...if you can wait or save some for the next day...they get EVEN BETTER

ENJOY !!!

get the biggest meatiest ribs you can find
dice your veg.  i think it looks good in the gravy/sauce.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

BEST BURGER EVER...Hands down



YES...hands down
THE BEST BURGER I HAVE EVER EATEN

TEN SIMPLE STEPS TO THE BEST BURGER

1.  buy some good rib eye.
2.  grind the meat yourself.
3.  don't pack the patty.
4.  cast iron skillet, searing hot
5.  medium rare is the way to go...
6.  remove from skillet before you think it's done.
7.  rest the meat!
8.  top with Saint Agur cheese while resting
9.  keep additions and condiments to a bare minimum.
10.  enjoy!

now go in for another before they're gone.


start with good rib eye.  look for nice marbling.  fat is a must.  you will be slicing the meat in strips, as shown, and feeding it into the hopper so a big huge plump rib eye is not necessary.
sprinkle the strips with a little onion powder and garlic powder (i prefer powder to salt) before feeding into hopper.


make sure all of your utensils and grinder parts are clean...clean...clean


feed the meat strips through the large hole cutter plate once...then change to the smaller holes and send it through again.  make sure you have a "stomper".  do not push through with your fingers.  ya never know...


when the meat has stopped flowing through, send a slice or two of bread through the grinder to help push the last of the meat through...you don't want to waste an ounce...trust me.


handle the ground meat as little as possible.
as mentioned, DO NOT PACK YOUR PATTIES.  with all the trouble you've gone to extruding the meat, you don't want to wad this beautiful tender meat into a hard ball.
i used a biscuit cutter for a mold...lightly filled it and pressed it just enough for it to hold together.
salt and pepper the patties.


i am now a true believer in CAST IRON SKILLETS.
get it searing hot.  do not move the burger.  flip once.
again, as mentioned...remove from skillet before you think it's perfect.  it will cook considerably while resting.


i highly suggest topping with a square of SAINT AGUR CHEESE.  if you're not into bluesy cheeses, then a nice pat of butter will always suffice for that extra little unctuous trick.
let the burger rest at least 5 minutes.


choose your condiments wisely...
you do not want to interfere with the flavor and texture of this burger 
i feel like i created a burger from scratch...you will too.
i never even made it to the table

now say it with me...
"i will never buy pre-ground meat again !!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Roasted Bone Marrow with Tarragon Orange Gremolata and Pickled Shallots


BONE BUTTER...
unctuous bone marrow on crispy sauteed butter bread from 85c Bakery.

not for the meek, nor the weak...no pansy palettes allowed at this table.


i love bone marrow...every time i see some beautiful bones at the market i HAVE to get them.  
if you haven't had the pleasure, this is an easy introduction to a delicious savory...
primal indulgence. 
it's simply something you must try.  easy to prepare, makes a stunning presentation and a great conversation piece at your next dinner party.
 i have written about marrow in the past... Rendering Bone Marrow and Marrow with Walnut Pesto, but this time i had the idea that a nice citrus tarragon gremolata along with pickled shallots would be a good balance for the warm fatty marrow. 
i also had just bought wonderful Butter Bread from 85c Bakery.

what could be better...?
BONE BUTTER on BUTTER BREAD...!!!

 i just discovered 85c here in Irvine.  if you haven't been to one, i highly suggest going for the experience.  there is always a crowd.  you pick up your tray and tongs, load up on all kinds of beautifully baked goodies and proceed to the zig zag line that works like a line at an amusement park.. the baked goods are warm and fresh coming out every few minutes marked by someone in uniform yelling out,"fresh bread!"...you'll end up buying things unknown and way too many pastries, but it's all fun.  i have yet to try the Salted Coffee that is supposed to be outta this world AND one of their signature drinks...next time.


PICKLED SHALLOTS
adapted from Fergus Henderson

2 small shallots, sliced very thin 
juice of 1/2 small lemon
2 TB apple cider vinegar
pinch granulated sugar
salt and pepper

place shallots in a small bowl with lemon juice, cider vinegar, a large pinch of sugar, a small pinch of salt and enough water to barely cover.  allow to stand at least 1 hour.

TARRAGON ORANGE GREMOLATA
more of an idea than an exact recipe...depending on how many you are serving

1/2 bunch (or less) parsley, chopped
tarragon...1/3 amount of parsley
zest from 1/2 bright colored orange
capers if you have them...i didn't have any at the time
small drizzle olive oil
juice from 1 orange wedge
salt and pepper

add oil and juice just before serving to stay fresh.


ROASTED BONE MARROW

1 or 2 bones per person, depending on the size.
i usually find them about 2 - 2 1/2 inches long at a regular market.  
place bones in an oven-safe dish...standing on end.
roast at 450 F degrees for approximately 20 minutes...depending on size.  watch them...don't overcook or too much fat will render and the marrow will become slightly chewy.
sprinkle with flaked sea salt and crushed pepper.
must be served fairly quickly...they will harden the same as butter would if it gets cold, or even room temperature.serve with toasted baguette or delicious sliced and sauteed "butter bread" from 85 degrees

PS...if you are interested for more in depth information and visuals... i found this post by The Hungry Mouse VERY helpful for those "first-timers" unfamiliar with roasting bone marrow.... great pictures of "how-to" and what to expect when roasting.
many thanks to Jessie who has a wealth of information

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