Grilling is always fun. We have a family barbecue every Sunday. It’s lots of fun and a great way to catch up with each other after a busy week. One of the problems I run in to is finding new recipes to grill. Sure hot dogs, burgers, and steaks are easy, but every now and then we need a change. That’s why I’m always in search of a new barbecue recipe. I like to try them out during this weekly family dinner, and if everyone likes it we make it part of our menu.
Last month I tried this new marinade, mostly because I had all the ingredients in the pantry. But also because I love balsamic vinegar, which is the main ingredient to this recipe. I call it Beef Kabobs in Vinaigrette Marinade.
The best part about marinades is that it flavors your meat with very little work. It’s simple, just toss the ingredients together, soak the meat, and let the marinade do the rest of the work! I marinate my meat in the refrigerator overnight. The longer is marinates the more flavorful it will be, but you don’t want to marinate it more than a day or so, because when marinated too long the meat starts getting this tough jerky like texture and it may eventually spoil. If for some reason we don’t use the marinated meat the next day I freeze it, marinade and all. That way I just thaw it out when we’re ready to grill.
Just before grilling I skewer the beef cubes on bamboo skewers, but you can use metal skewers if you have them. We do have a bunch of pretty metal skewers we brought home from Turkey one year, but cleaning them after the barbecues is an extra chore I can do without. When you do use bamboo skewers remember to soak them in water for about 10 – 15 minutes before putting the meat on, it keeps them from burning when you pop them on the grill.
Another helpful tip when grilling is to not over cook the meat. Grill meat until it is just about done to the way you want it (rare, medium, well). In short remove it from the grill before it is the desired “doneness”. Place grilled meat in a covered pot or roasting pan and let rest covered for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the meat to finish cooking and to release its juices. Try it out! You’ll end up with tender juicy meat! It works for steaks too!
Having said that here’s my recipe for Vinaigrette Marinade! By the way you can use the same marinade on chicken, lamb, or shrimp. Just don’t mix the meats, make a separate batch of marinade for each type of meat or seafood.
3 Lbs. Beef Tenderloin cut in 1″ cubes (you can use your favorite beef cut)
1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tbs. Finely Minced Garlic
1 Tbs. Fresh or Dried Rosemary
1 Tbs. Fresh or Dried Oregano
1 Tsp. Sea Salt
1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
1 Large Onions cut into large chunks
1 Large Green Pepper cut into large pieces
1 Basket Mushrooms, washed and patted dry
Combine Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, and seasonings in a large ziplock bag. Seal bag and shake to combine all the ingredients together.
Add meat cubes to the marinade. Seal bag and shake to cover all the meat.
Refrigerate at least 3 hours, for best flavor marinate in the fridge overnight.
About and hour or less before grilling place meat, onions, peppers, and
mushrooms on skewers. Alternate meat with veggies.
Grill over medium heat until meat is just about done the way you want it.
Place skewers in a large pot or roasting pan with a lid. Cover and let stand 5 minutes to allow meat to finish cooking and release its juices.
Serve hot with rice, potatoes, and other sides.
Beef Kabobs in Vinaigrette Marinade
Tender, juicy, and flavorful grilled meat that's perfect for any cook out.
If you’ve a yen for some comfort food nothing is more comforting than this Italian Herb Pot Roast. It’s delicious, filling, and oh so easy to make!
I make this Italian Herb Pot Roast in the crockpot. All you have to do is toss in all the ingredients, including the veggies, set the pot to slow cook, and when you come home your dinner’s ready!
What makes my Italian Herb Pot Roast different from all the other pot roast recipes out there? I add lots of garlic and a bit of Balsamic Vinegar to give it extra flavor. And since you’re throwing everything in the pot it’s really a complete meal. Best of all I use chuck roast, one of the least expensive cuts of meat. This meal isn’t only easy to make, it’s easy on the budget too!
Italian Herb Pot Roast is the perfect comfort food for rainy or snowy days. Served with a loaf of fresh crusty bread or even garlic knots it’s simply a delicious meal the whole family will enjoy!
So the next snowy or rainy day, or just because you feel the need for some good old fashioned comfort food haul out your crockpot and make some Italian Herb Pot Roast. Here’s the recipe!
2-3 Lbs. Chuck Roast
4 Large Potatoes scrubbed clean and cut in quarters
2 Cups Baby Carrots
1 Large Onion cut into large chunks
6 Cloves Garlic finely minced
1 Tbls. Italian Seasoning
1 Tsp. Oregano
1 Tsp. Rosemary
1/2 Tsp. Thyme
2 Cups Beef Broth
1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
Toss all the ingredients into a crock pot.
Stir gently making sure to get some of the liquid on top of the roast.
It seems like everyone’s lives are so busy these days, I know mine is. Finding time to cook can be challenging when I’m busy chasing after the 2 year old twins, Harper and Sadi. Actually keeping them safely out of the kitchen so I can cook is the biggest challenge! But now that my daughter Jenny and her sons, Dion and Devon, have moved back home with me preparing meals is a must. I usually cook dinner at least 4 nights a week, but now that they’re back we prepare 3 meals a day almost everyday.
In my life my Slow Cooker or Crock Pot has been a lifesaver! It really makes cooking dinner that much easier, toss everything in the pot in the morning, forget about it, and serve for dinner! One of my family’s favorite slow cooker dinners is Pot Roast.
It’s really the best way to make pot roast in my opinion. You can toss in just about any cut of meat, I like to use chuck roasts, and it turns out tender and juicy. For a bit of variety I like to add different herbs and spices to my pot roast. One of our favorites is this Italian Herb Pot Roast. We eat it with steamed white rice, but really it’s hearty enough to serve by itself, specially if you toss in lots of potatoes and other veggies.
Fresh herbs and Balsamic vinegar is the secret to this tasty pot roast. It’s a great way to use some of the herbs in my kitchen garden! If you don’t grown your own herbs you can buy some at your local farmer’s market or grocery store.
Here’s the recipe!
3-4 Pound Chuck Roast
3 Cups Beef Broth
1 Cube Beef Broth – crush and stir into the liquid in the pot
2 Cups Baby Carrots
1 Large Onion – cut in chunks
6-8 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes – scrubbed clean, cut in half
I think by now everyone knows that we host a barbecue just about every Sunday night. Sometimes deciding what to grill can be a problem and when we can’t decide what to grill we always go with steaks. It’s easy and most folks like steak, specially a good rib eye. My husband always makes an extra steak or two, just in case. This means we sometimes have left over steak, this can be a problem. I refuse to toss left over steaks, specially now that rib eye prices have gotten so expensive. But re-heated steak is nasty. So I find myself looking for ways to use left over rib eyes without them turning into dried leather. For the most part I turn it into some sort of stir fry.
This week I decided to make something with pasta. My son and daughter-in-law had given me a new Philips Pasta Maker for Christmas and I wanted to use it. So I came up with this Steak & Pasta recipe.
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This recipe is super easy to make. You can use it with any type of pasta, I used homemade Fettuccine. You can make your own or buy fresh pasta from your grocer’s refrigerated section, or use dried box pasta. The balsamic vinegar sauce gives it a nice flavor as does the grilled steak. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.
1 – 2 left over grilled steaks, preferably rib eye sliced into strips
1 tbls. finely minced garlic
1 Medium onion, chopped
3 tbls. olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbls. Italian Seasoning
1 small can sliced mushrooms
1 can beef broth
1 tsp. corn starch
Heat oil and add chopped onions. Cook until onions start to turn translucent.
Add garlic. Stir until garlic starts to turn brown.
Add steak strips. Stir for about 3 minutes.
Add 3/4 of the can of beef broth, reserve the rest.
Stir in Italian Seasoning and balsamic vinegar.
Simmer for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile dissolve cornstarch into reserved beef broth and cook your pasta.
Gradually add cornstarch mixture to the meat, stir constantly, until the sauce starts to thicken.
Remove from heat and serve with cooked pasta.
Steak & Pasta
Tasty and quick recipe using left over grilled steaks.
As many folks know we host a barbecue every Sunday night for friends and relatives. I like to change it up every know and then by testing out different side dishes, sauces, and desserts; it keeps things interesting.
The other week I decided to dress up the steak. I’ve heard it said that adding any kind of sauce to a great cut of meat is an insult. I’d have to agree, we usually grill rib-eyes and top them off with sauteed mushrooms; but this time I thought I’d offer a different steak sauce on the side. Actually I didn’t dress up the steak, I spruced up the mushrooms with a bit of balsamic vinegar, it was delicious.
This sauce is so good you’ll want to grill an extra steak and make extra sauce just so you can have leftovers for lunch the next day!
Balsamic Vinegar & Mushroom Steak Sauce
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 tbls. finely minced garlic
1 tbls. finely minced onions
3 tbls. butter
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 can beef broth
1 tsp. corn starch
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Saute onions until they start to turn translucent.
3. Add garlic, saute until they start to brown.
4. Add sliced mushrooms; cook until the edges start to turn brown and mushrooms soften.
5. Add balsamic vinegar and 3/4 of the can of beef broth; reserve the rest for later.
6. Lower heat and simmer mushrooms until the liquid is reduced by a quarter or more. About 15 minutes. Stir constantly scrapping the bottom of the pan so keep sauce from burning.
7. Dissolve corn starch in the remaining beef broth and slowly stir in to the mushroom mixture. It should thicken slightly.
8. Remove from heat, pour into bowl or gravy boat. Garnish with parsley and serve.
This sauce is delicious! We had a lift over steak and some sauce which I placed together in an airtight plastic bowl and stored in the fridge. The steak marinated in the sauce overnight and made a tasty lunch the next day!