Adding Beef to the Thanksgiving Menu

September 30, 2010 01:33 PM

Source: Cattlemen's Beef Board

While Thanksgiving is traditionally considered "Turkey Day," many consumers may want to incorporate beef into their celebrations to help enhance the flavors on their tables. Here are some suggestions for this important American holiday from the beef checkoff:

  • Although beef roasts are not often associated with being the center of attention on Thanksgiving Day, they can nonetheless be a welcome change from turkey. Consumers can serve a small roast, such as a Tenderloin Roast, alongside a smaller turkey. 
  • If beef isn't in the main course budget, suggest starting off their meal with a delicious beef appetizer. Crisp and tasty, a beefy salad such as a Simple Asian Beef Salad or a classic Grilled Skirt Steak Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing make an excellent start to any meal. Keep kids happy with fun finger foods such as Crazy Quesadillas or Sweet Hawaiian Mini Burgers.
  • Skillet steaks are quick and easy, and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Check out the Skillet Steak section of the Beef Recipes and Photography section for recipe suggestions.
  • A vat of spicy chili or a big pot of steaming stew provides protein to keep the football games going all day long. Be sure to view the Hearty Lean Beef Stews and Chilis brochure.

There are plenty of ways to include beef on and around Thanksgiving. For more great ideas, visit the checkoff-funded Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner website.

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