September 17, 2009

How to stretch a tough piece of meat

Before I had the baby, I thought I was getting a great deal on some roasts. It was buy one get one for 1 penny! Who could resist that? The first one I did in the crockpot with the traditional onions, carrots and potatoes. A little tough much....

So, I finally defrosted the other one this week to do something with. I was going to cut it up and do beef stew or stroganoff, but I just really wanted something different. Then I remembered when I did the Jewish Feast meal at my church, the first time, I used beef instead of lamb because I couldn't get it, and did a middle east spice rub. Hmmm, that sounds interesting. That's what I did and it was yummy!

Here's the recipe:

Blend together approximately a tablespoon of garlic powder, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, a splash of cayenne pepper, powdered ginger, 1/2 t cinnamon and I guess that's it. Rub on the meat, heat a large pot on medium high, add 3 T olive oil and sear meat on both sides.

Chop some onions and carrots while the meat is searing, then add to the pan. Dice about 1/3c dried apricots and add that to the pot with a handful of golden raisins. Add enough liquid to come up half way up the meat. I used a combo of water and chicken stock that I had. Cover and simmer a few hours. Since this meat was so tough I sliced it after awhile and then added it back to the pot to simmer until it would shred easily with a fork. We ate this on brown rice garnished with chopped cilantro.

So, this was so good I ate just meat when the rice was gone :) Anyways, there was still a good bit of meat left, around 2 cups, and I decided it would work well for chili. I had frozen cooked beans in the freezer and a brand new container of chili powder, why not?

This morning I chopped more onions and some bell pepper, threw that in the pot with extra garlic powder, cumin and chili powder, then added 1 small can of tomato paste and probably two cups of cooked pinto beans. Then I added the liquid- water and chicken stock and started cooking it. I just had a taste and it was really good. I will serve it with sour cream, cheese, chopped tomatoes and avocado and tortilla chips.

On another note, I was super woman this morning! I cleaned the ENTIRE house- not just basics- the dusting, windex, vacuum all rooms, sweep and mop all hard floors, bathrooms, trash, changed sheets/bedding, refilled soap dispensers, bleached the kitchen sink, AND, did kid laundry AND baked cookies. Oh, that includes the usual make beds, tidy up, give Sarah a bath because she covered herself in diaper rash cream and feed baby Samantha several times. Wow- amazing what some coffee and a vitamin and a real breakfast will do. Well, honestly, it was God, because it's a miracle.

Samantha slept all night Tuesday! She went from 11pm to 6am without feeding! She did wake up last night, but I couldn't get her to take a full feeding at 10:30, so that could be why. Sure was nice to have continuous sleep.

Sorry there are no pictures- I didn't think of writing this post until after I started the chili. Maybe I can take one later...don't hold yer breath!


momto9 said...

All that sounds yummy. It's fun turning leftovers into another meal!
Now you can come clean my house:)

Anonymous said...

Bless your heart! One full night of sleep and you become Superwoman! Wow ~ you really got a lot accomplished.
Good job, and glad things are swingin' again.

Jess said...

What vitamins are you taking? I need some of those!

I also wanted to ask you how you get your pretty background for your blog. I don't really know a lot about all this bloggin stuff but I would love to be able to learn how to have the pretty background like you do and not the just certain colors.


Anonymous said...

Did you get the meat at Walmart?? I have completely given up buying any meat at walmart except for an occasional bag of frozen chicken breasts. Their meat has absolutely no flavor and horrible texture!! bbbllleeeecckkkK!