Food and wine
Go wild with beef
Deciding what's for dinner can be a difficult task, especially if you are out of options and time. If all you can come up with is beef, here are three simple recipes that each take 30 minutes to rustle up.
Greek-style beef pita
500g beef sirloin steaks, cut into strips
1 tbsp lemon pepper
2 to 3 tsps vegetable oil
3/4 cup plain or seasoned hummus
4 wholewheat pita breads, cut crosswise in half
Green or black olives, pitted Sliced cucumber
Sliced red onion
Stack the steaks and cut lengthwise in half and then crosswise into one-inch wide strips. Combine the beef and lemon pepper in medium bowl. Heat two teaspoons of oil in large non-stick pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1/2 of the beef and stir-fry one to three minutes or until the outside surface of beef is no longer pink (Do not overcook). Remove it from the skillet and repeat the process with the remaining beef, adding the one remaining teaspoon of oil to the skillet, if necessary.
Spread hummus evenly in the pita pockets. Fill with equal amounts of beef and toppings – the sliced cucumbers and onions and olives – as desired.
Tenderloin steaks topped with blue cheese
4 beef tenderloin steaks, cut one inch thick (about 500g)
1 large clove garlic, halved
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp cream cheese
4 tsps crumbled blue cheese 4 tsps plain yogurt
2 tsps minced onion
Dash of ground white pepper
Combine the topping ingredients in small bowl. Rub the steaks with garlic. Fry the steaks in a little oil until done to your preference. For
a braaied option, grill the steaks while covered for 10 to 14 minutes for medium rare, turning occasionally.
One minute before steaks are done, cover evenly with topping. Season with salt and sprinkle with parsley.
550 g beef mince (93 percent lean or leaner)
1/2 cup minced onions
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp dried mint leaves
Combine the ground beef, onion, oil, salt, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice and mint leaves in a large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
Shape quarter of the beef mixture around bamboo skewers leaving approximately one to two inches at bottom of skewer. Make small indentations in beef mixture with your fingers approximately one inch apart along the kofta. Repeat with remaining beef mixture and three skewers. Refrigerate the beef for at least 10 minutes. Grill or braai the koftas. Braai the koftas in the centre of the grid, uncovered, for 12 to 14 minutes, turning occasionally. If you are cooking them in the oven, preheat the oven to 200 °C and place the koftas on a greased baking sheet with some olive oil. Cook for 15 minutes, turning halfway through.