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Beef recipes with a twist

July 29, 2010

By Ginger Isham

Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and steaks are the norm for summer outings, but sometimes you need a little lift with something just a little different. Try the following recipes, which have a bit of foreign flavor.

Marinated Kabobs with Spices

(For the grill or oven broiler)

4 tablespoons butter (unsalted)

1 teaspoon each ground ginger and cumin

1/2 teaspoon powdered saffron

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

pinch of salt and cayenne pepper

1 cup grated onion

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced

1/4 cup pomegranate juice

Mix all together and blend well.

Rinse quickly in cold water and pat dry with paper towels 2 pounds of round, sirloin or other tender beef with no fat. Cut into cubes and place in shallow dish and pour marinade over all, turning to coat all sides. Let set for up to 2 hours at room temperature or in fridge overnight. Place alternately on skewers with small boiling onions or white onions cut into wedges. You can also add small tomatoes or eggplant slices.

Spicy Hamburger Patties

1 pound of lean ground beef

2 slices whole wheat bread

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1/4 cup parsley or cilantro or mint, finely chopped

1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

pinch of salt and cayenne pepper

Moisten bread with warm water and let stand 2 to 4 minutes until soft. Gently squeeze out excess water and tear into small pieces. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Make into patties. Grill or use over broiler. You should have 6 to 8 patties. Serve with rice and vegetables or in warm pita bread with chopped onion, tomato and cucumber and some plain yogurt poured over all. In the Middle East these patties are known as “kofta” or “kefta.”

Dessert

Cut a cantaloupe into 4 quarters (seeds removed) and fill the sections with fresh berries or vanilla ice cream balls. My favorite dessert after a spicy meal is just plain vanilla ice cream.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.

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