2003 Winning Recipes

2003 marked the 25th anniversary of the National Beef Cook-Off. The 2003 competition focused on ways busy families get dinner on the table. The $50,000 "Best of Beef" grand prize winning recipe, Grilled Steaks Balsamico, uses only four ingredients and takes just 30 minutes to prepare.

In addition to emphasizing quick, family meals, the 2003 Cook-Off inspired contestants to enjoy the best that beef has to offer, such as fresh beef - including the industry's newest beef cuts like the flat iron steaks - as well as convenient beef products, such as Hormel® refrigerated fully-cooked Beef Roast with Au Jus and Hormel® refrigerated fully-cooked Beef Tips with Gravy, that the Beef Checkoff Program has awarded its Mark of Quality.

The Grand-Prize recipe reflects the trend toward easier cooking methods using more flavorful, convenient ingredients. Other recipes, including "Ginger Beef & Noodle Bowls," and "South Pacific Steak," reflect the continued love for ethnic dishes. Nontraditional ingredients, such as dark sesame oil, mango chutney, hoisin sauce and fresh pineapple, found their way into more recipes as well. In addition, more contestants relied on timesaving ingredients than did so in previous years, such as refrigerated fully-cooked taco sauce with seasoned ground beef, and refrigerated fully-cooked shredded beef in barbecue sauce.

Quick & Easy Beef

  1. Beef & Caramelized Onion Pizza
    Beef & Caramelized Onion Pizza
  2. Cream of Wild Rice & Beef Soup with Lime & Cilantro
    Cream of Wild Rice & Beef Soup with Lime & Cilantro
  3. Palermo Pot Roast & Peppers with Polenta
    Palermo Pot Roast & Peppers with Polenta
  4. South Seas Curried Beef Over Jasmine Rice
    South Seas Curried Beef Over Jasmine Rice
  5. American Beef Pot Roast & Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
    American Beef Pot Roast & Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Grilled Beef

  1. Firecracker Burgers with Cooling Lime Sauce
    Firecracker Burgers with Cooling Lime Sauce
  2. Pepper Beef Steak with Garlic-Cilantro Butter
    Pepper Beef Steak with Garlic-Cilantro Butter
  3. South Pacific Steak
    South Pacific Steak
  4. Grilled Steaks Balsamico
    Grilled Steaks Balsamico

One Dish Meals

  1. Skillet Beef & Rice Posole
    Skillet Beef & Rice Posole
  2. Skillet Chili Beef with Corn Biscuits
    Skillet Chili Beef with Corn Biscuits
  3. Braised Beef &  Fettuccine with Italian Mushroom Sauce
    Braised Beef & Fettuccine with Italian Mushroom Sauce
  4. Beef Steak with Curried Onion-Plum Sauce
    Beef Steak with Curried Onion-Plum Sauce
  5. Ginger Beef & Noodle Bowls
    Ginger Beef & Noodle Bowls

  1. Cheesy Sloppy Jose Beefy Cups
    Cheesy Sloppy Jose Beefy Cups

Handheld Kid Pleasers

  1. Taco Beef Nuggets with Tejano Dipping Sauce
    Taco Beef Nuggets with Tejano Dipping Sauce
  2. BBQ Beef Pizza
    BBQ Beef Pizza
  3. Sweet Hawaiian Baby Burgers
    Sweet Hawaiian Baby Burgers
  4. Beefy P B & J Wraps
    Beefy P B & J Wraps
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