2001 Winning Recipes

Underscoring the 2001 theme of convenience cooking, entrants used several new and convenient beef products available nationwide in both the refrigerated meat case and the frozen-food section of local grocery stores. These included: fully-cooked pot roast, meatballs, tri-tip roasts, smoked beef sausage, beef brisket and pre-marinated steaks.

Besides convenience, the "Best of Beef" grand prize recipe reflects some common themes emerging from American kitchens - a love for ethnic dishes and innovative use of prepared ingredients. Indeed, Mediterranean, Southwestern U.S., Caribbean and Asian influences were extremely popular among the 2001 entries. In addition, more contestants relied on time saving ingredients, such as bottled pesto sauce and new, fully-cooked beef cuts. Nontraditional ingredients such as balsamic vinaigrette and feta cheese found their way into more recipes as well. The 2001 Cook-Off showcased various chuck and round beef cuts that are often overlooked by consumers when looking for convenient, affordable quick-cooking meal options.

Fresh Beef

  1. Greek-Style Beef & Cheese Ravioli
    Greek-Style Beef & Cheese Ravioli
  2. Cumin-Crusted Beef Steaks with Orange-Olive Relish
    Cumin-Crusted Beef Steaks with Orange-Olive Relish
  3. Sonoran Beef Steak
    Sonoran Beef Steak
  4. Tuscany Beef & Spinach
    Tuscany Beef & Spinach
  5. Mediterranean Beef Steak-And-Salad Pizza
    Mediterranean Beef Steak-And-Salad Pizza
  6. Oriental Express Beef Lettuce Wraps
    Oriental Express Beef Lettuce Wraps

Prepared Beef

  1. Grilled Peppercorn Sirloin Sandwiches with Sun Dried Tomato Aioli
    Grilled Peppercorn Sirloin Sandwiches with Sun Dried Tomato Aioli
  2. Tuscan Beef & Pesto Pasta
    Tuscan Beef & Pesto Pasta
  3. Roast Beef Cheddar Pockets
    Roast Beef Cheddar Pockets
  4. Sweet & Spicy Chinese Meatballs on Brown Rice
    Sweet & Spicy Chinese Meatballs on Brown Rice
  5. Spicy Roast Beef Chili Over Cornbread
    Spicy Roast Beef Chili Over Cornbread
  6. Mediterranean Beefy Basil Roll Ups
    Mediterranean Beefy Basil Roll Ups

Prepared Beef & Prepared Potato

  1. Tex-Mex Smoky Beef Chili Hash
    Tex-Mex Smoky Beef Chili Hash
  2. BBQ Beef Brisket with Smoky Cheddar-Chili Potatoes
    BBQ Beef Brisket with Smoky Cheddar-Chili Potatoes
  3. Smoked Beef Sausage & Potato Chowder
    Smoked Beef Sausage & Potato Chowder
  4. Steakhouse Wraps
    Steakhouse Wraps

  1. Cumin Crusted Beef Steaks with Orange-Olive Relish
    Cumin Crusted Beef Steaks with Orange-Olive Relish

Fresh Beef & Fresh Potato

  1. Little Havana Grilled Beef & Potato Salad
    Little Havana Grilled Beef & Potato Salad
  2. Seared Chuck Steak on Pesto Potato Pancakes
    Seared Chuck Steak on Pesto Potato Pancakes
  3. Pan-Seared Caesar Beef & Potato Salad
    Pan-Seared Caesar Beef & Potato Salad
  4. Belize Beef on Spiced Potatoes
    Belize Beef on Spiced Potatoes
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