Beef Preparations


Friday, November 04, 2005

Beef Sausage

Beef Sausage

½ kilo ground beef
4 pieces sausages
1 red pepper (finely chopped)
1 carrot (finely grated)
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon beef seasoning
Salt and pepper


In a large mixing bowl, mix ground beef with red pepper, carrot, bread crumbs, chili powder, beef seasoning, salt and pepper. Combine all the ingredients together by tossing and squeezing the meat with hands until all the flavors are well distributed.

Place aluminum foil on a flat working surface. Place a handful of meat mixture on the foil and flatten the mixture evenly. Place 1 sausage at the center and start rolling the meat. Wrap the meat with the foil. Bake for 30 minutes at 350o C.

When meat is done, allow to cool at room temperature. Remove the foil and slice into 1 inch thick. Serve with mashed potato and garnish with parsley.


Beef Shawarma

Beef shawarma

This meal reminds me of Abu Dhabi where shawarma is very popular sandwich. It’s also becoming popular in SM nowadays where you can see people lining up for shawarma. Since hubby and I both have Middle Eastern influence in food, we often have shawarma at home, once in a while.


Flat bread
Beef steak (sliced thinly)
Cucumber (sliced thinly)
Tomatoes (sliced thinly)
Onion (caramelized)
Hummus sauce

To make flat bread:
1 cup flour (sifted)
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup water

Mix salt and flour in a mixing bowl. Add 1 Tablespoon water at a time while mixing until it forms rough dough. Add water if it’s too dry, this depends of the strength of the flour you are using, add more water if necessary. Knead the dough in a floured flat surface for about 3 minutes or until dough becomes smooth and elastic. Form dough into sausage shape and cut 1 inch thick. Form each into a small ball and flatten with a rolling pin. Cook over a hot pan until dark spots start to form. Flip over to cook the other side of the flat bread.

To make hummus sauce
1 can chickpeas
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin seeds
Pinch of ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt & pepper

Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender except olive oil. Blitz and slowly add olive oil in a thin stream while machine is running. Keep the machine running until mixture becomes smooth.

To assemble the sandwich, spread hummus sauce on flatbread, add meat, cucumber and cooked onion according to liking.


Thursday, November 03, 2005

Beef Steak

Beef Steak

Its been a while I’ve been trying to get a perfect medium rare steak, for once and for all, I finally made it. At first I thought it was the way of cutting, or maybe the cut of the meat itself, or the pan is not hot enough, or I cooked the meat too long..etc. But lately, I got a perfect cut of beef without sinew and without fat. Afraid of having the same mistakes again like cutting the meat into thin slices before cooking, I cooked the whole piece of meat. I succeeded finally! Medium rare, crisp on the outside and pink inside! This beef really made me happy for lunch! Served with vegetable rice.


Friday, October 28, 2005

Beef Steak with Onion

Beef Steak with onion

Simple, easy and quickie!


Beef (sliced thinly)
White onion (sliced thinly)
1 Tablespoons lemon juice
3 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons olive oil


In a hot heavy bottomed pan, add oil and swirl the pan to spread the oil evenly. Carefully add thinly sliced beef, keeping a flat thin form. 2 minutes each side until done or according to liking like rare, medium rare or well done and set aside to rest.

In the same pan, add thinly sliced onion, cook in medium fire until transparent, add lemon juice, stirring all the while, and add water 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue cooking until all the liquid has evaporated and place on top of the beef upon serving.

Here, I served with mashed potatoes. It could be served with rice. The trick is to serve it while still hot otherwise the meat would turn tough.


Sunday, October 09, 2005

Beef Burger Patties

Beef Burger Patties

¼ kilo ground beef
2 slices of bread
Salt and pepper

Mix beef, seasoning, salt and pepper and set aside. Cut the sides of the bread and discard.
Slice the bread into cubes and blitz in a blender or food processor until it becomes find crumbs. Mix the bread crumbs with the beef mixture. This will absorb moisture from the meat.

In a flat board, spread plastic cling wrap and spread the beef over half of the plastic and cover the other half of the plastic over the beef mixture. The plastic will prevent the meat from sticking to the board and rolling pin, achieving a smooth finish of the meat. Flatten the meat with a rolling pin enabling the meat to spread evenly. Remove the plastic cover over the mixture. With a round cookie cutter or chef’s ring, mold a circle with the meat. If necessary, cut the sides off of the circle using a pair of scissors to have a perfect circle. Gather the side cuts and roll again with a rolling pin. Place the circles of meat in a plate lined with plastic and chill 10 minutes. This will allow the mixture to stick together harder before cooking, to achieve a perfect shape.

In a preheated pan, light oil the pan and cook the burger through 2 minutes on each side. There u got a home made burger patties. It can be served for sandwich or burger meal. For burger meal, make a mushroom sauce or beef sauce and spread over the patties. Serve with plain rice.