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Roast Beef Recipes for the Holidays

Recipes for roasted beef shoulder, spicy buffalo meatballs and Mediterranean beef & olive pissaladiere.

The following recipes are courtesy of the Beef Check-off website, where you’ll find more holiday recipes and cooking tips to make the remainder of your holiday entertaining easy.

Roasted Beef Shoulder Tender Crostini

  • 2 pounds beef shoulder tender petite roasts (8 to 10 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Garlic bread

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 (12-inch) baguette, cut into 24 (1/2-inch thick) slices

Wasabi Cream

  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon prepared wasabi paste

1: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Press pepper evenly onto beef roasts.

2: Place roasts on rack in shallow roasting pan. Do not add water or cover. Roast for 20–25 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness. Remove roasts when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees on an instant-read thermometer when inserted into the thickest part of the beef. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

3: Meanwhile, combine butter, parsley and garlic salt in a medium bowl. Place baguette slices on two 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pans. Brush tops with butter mixture. Toast in a 425 degree oven for 8 minutes or until golden brown.

4: Combine sour cream and wasabi paste in medium bowl; mix until well blended.

5: Thinly carve roasts into medallions and evenly layer over toasted garlic bread slices. Top with 1 teaspoon Wasabi Cream.

Makes 24 appetizers.

Spicy Buffalo—Style Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2–3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • blue cheese dressing
  • celery sticks

1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.

2: Shape beef mixture into 23 1-inch meatballs; place on rack in broiler pan. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.

3: Meanwhile, combine hot pepper sauce, butter and honey in large bowl; mix well. Add meatballs and stir to coat.

4: Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks, as desired.

Makes 32 appetizer servings.

Mediterranean Beef & Olive Pissaladiere

  • 1 package (17-ounces) refrigerated fully–cooked boneless pot roast with gravy
  • 2 packages (10-ounes) puff pastry shells
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red onions
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup mixed pitted olives, cut in half or if large cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes cut into quarters

1: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place frozen puff pastry shells, top sides up, on two ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes or until light golden brown and beginning to puff. Pastry shells will not be fully baked.

2: Meanwhile heat beef pot roast with gravy in microwave according to package directions. Remove pot roast from container; reserve 1/4-cup gravy. Carefully shred pot roast in large bowl with 2 forks; sir in reserved gravy, onions, cheese, olives and tomatoes; set aside.

3: While puff pastry is still warm, carefully divide each shell horizontally in half using tip of a pairing knife. Place, split sides up, on two baking sheets. Top each shell evenly with beef mixture. Return filled  shells to oven and bake at 400 degrees about 15 minutes or until heated through, cheese begins to brown and edges of pastry are deep brown. Cool slightly before serving. 

Makes 24 appetizers

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