5 ways with beef

You don’t need to be a five-star chef to create hearty, beef-focused meals that feel a little fancy. We’ve pulled together five simple combos that have been prepared with care on our end, so all you have to do is crank up the stove, oven or barbecue and serve a fantastic meal. The fact that they’re so easy to get on the table can be our little secret.

1. Dinner for two

Fancy Chateaubriand dinner for two
Fancy Chateaubriand dinner for two

This is a really special, steak-house-inspired meal. Our Chateaubriand is a gorgeous, 14-ounce steak cut from the centre of the tenderloin to make it extra-succulent — and it’s seasoned to perfection. We recommend cooking it to a juicy-pink medium-rare. Once the meat is done, make a quick pan sauce: Place the pan you used to roast the meat on a heated burner and add some stock or wine to deglaze, scraping up those tasty browned bits with a wooden spoon or spatula. (They add irresistible flavour to sauces.) Let the liquid cook down for a few minutes, and then whisk in a dab of Dijon mustard. Add a generous chunk of cold butter and whisk vigorously until the sauce is thickened, glossy and rich-tasting. You can add a handful of chopped fresh herbs if you have any on hand. Simply keep the sauce warm in the pan while you slice and plate the meat.

And what’s a steak dinner without sides? Classic Stuffed Potatoes are right at home alongside your Chateaubriand. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and fresh chives sprinkled on top. They’re like regular baked potatoes, only better — and with a tasty, crispy top!

Four Bean Salad is a must-try, too. It’s our exclusive recipe of red kidney, red adzuki, black and black-eyed beans tossed with corn and red peppers. They’ve all been picked at peak freshness and then flash-frozen so they’re tender-crisp and full of flavour when they arrive at your table. Lightly seasoned with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic and sea salt, this salad is even nicer topped with zesty Herb and Garlic Asparagus — the spears are dressed in a tasty garlic-and-herb sauce and sprinkled with diced red peppers. This colourful side even comes in a convenient foil tray that’s easy to heat up in the oven or on the barbecue.

2. Speedy Sunday roast

Beef Pot Roast and Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Beef Pot Roast and Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Our Slow Cooked Beef Pot Roast comes fully cooked. In fact, we slow-braise it for 10 hours in a rich, flavourful gravy so you can get down to the serious business of eating in just 30 minutes (with a little help from your microwave). It’s a foolproof dish that turns out perfectly every single time. While the roast is heating, warm up our flavourful, hearty, gluten-free Sweet Potato Mash, which is blended with real cream, butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and warming spices. Bistro-Style Green Beans — tender-crisp and picked at peak freshness — are lightly seasoned with EVOO, garlic and sea salt, and make a satisfying sidekick. No one will be mad if there’s a loaf of our irresistible Rosemary Pull-Apart Bread on the table, either.

3. DIY steak frites

Steak and fries
A plate of grilled steak and French fries

Our 21-day-aged New York Striploin Steaks are delicious no matter how you cook them — on the stovetop, under the broiler or on the barbecue. (Tip: That pan sauce we made for our Chateaubriand, above? You might want to whip that up for this dish, too.) Serve your perfectly cooked steaks alongside crispy Shoestring Fries for an ultra-simple, at-home take on restaurant-style steak frites. A lightly dressed green salad is the perfect, fresh way to finish off this meal.

4. Frigid-day comfort food

Our Beef Wellington with Broccoli Florets
Our Beef Wellington with Broccoli Florets

Our impressive Beef Wellington starts with a seasoned beef filet on a bed of rich, creamy liver pâté. Then it’s smothered in a rich mushroom gravy and wrapped in light-as-a-feather puff pastry. These perfectly portioned individual servings go from freezer to table in just 40 minutes — a pretty miraculous time saver versus making them from scratch! Gourmet Floret Medley is a quick and easy side. These tender pieces of traditional and romanesco broccoli and white and green cauliflower are seasoned with EVOO, garlic and sea salt, and frozen at peak freshness, so they’re ultra-flavourful as well as ultra-easy to prepare.

5. Smoky barbecue feast

A table spread full of steaks asparagus and potato skins
A table spread full of steaks asparagus and potato skins

Each one of our Bacon Wrapped Beef Top Sirloin Steaks is carved from perfectly aged, tender top sirloin, and then wrapped with a smoky slice of bacon. It’s a barbecue favourite! Herb and Garlic Asparagus was basically made for this meal. (Remember that foil tray? So easy on the barbecue.) Not an asparagus buff? Our Seasoned Sweet Green Peas are a knockout, too, and can be on the table in about five minutes flat. If you’re ready for something more than the usual fries or mash, check out our Stuffed Potato Skins, which are loaded with bacon, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Best part: They heat up fast in a grill basket (or on some foil) on your barbecue, so cleanup is easy.

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