Monday, October 26, 2009

Beef Dip

Beef Dip
Here is one of our family favorite meals both because it's tasty and easy to prepare. The secret ingredient is a package of onion soup mix! Shh...don't tell the chefs at Le Cordon Bleu! They would want you to make French Onion Soup from scratch and dehydrate it yourself!


from Auntie Joyce

Serves 8

4 pound beef roast
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 yellow onions, cut in slices or rings
5 cups water
½ cup soya sauce
1 package onion soup mix
1 garlic clove, minced

To Prepare and Eat Now:
Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Dry the roast with paper towels. Rub or sprinkle with dry mustard, oregano, salt and pepper. In a large roasting pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat. Brown roast on all sides. Set aside.

Add the onions to the roasting pan and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the water, soya sauce, onion soup mix and garlic. Return the roast to the pan.

Roast in the oven for 2-2½ hours until cooked to desired temperature.

Extra-rare, bleu, very red and cold: 115-120°F (46-49°C)
Rare, cold red center and soft: 125-130°F (52-55°C)
Medium rare, warm red center and firmer: 130-140°F (55-60°C)
Medium, pink and firm: 140-150°F (60-65°C)
Medium well, small amount of pink in center: 150-155°F (65-69°C)
Well done, gray-brown throughout and firm: >160°F (>71°C)
* temperature information from Wikipedia

Serve with French bread.

To Freeze:
Roast to a temperature just a bit less than done so that when you reheat it, the meat will be perfect. Slice the beef and wrap between layers of wax paper. Recommended freezing time: 6-12 months.

To Prepare After Freezing:
Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Heat the slices and dipping sauce in the microwave.

To save time, use bottled minced garlic. To save money, mince your own garlic.

Beef Dip
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    vicki said...

    Had to smile when I saw beef dip. This is also a family favorite of ours. Wonder if it is a Saskatchewan thing?
    Enjoying your blog.
    Keeping chasing your dreams.


    Kalyn Denny said...

    Sounds good to me! I don't think you can beat the flavor of that Lipton Onion Soup Mix with a method you do yourself, and it's a great addition to this type of recipe. (I will never tell, don't worry!)

    Luciana e Armando said...

    Hi, I love that you used such a home cooker ingredient such as dehydrated onion soup! I'll sure try making this roast - just the kind of meal I like to prepare at home and then use for several different dishes (salads, fry noodles, tacos, etc). And I guess it's a universal dish (I live in Rio de Janeiro!).
    I also wanted to share another GREAT onion soup use with you: combine one package with a small bottle of stout beer (dark and sweet, doesn't have to be the best brand) to roast chicken legs and thighs - works well in a pot or in the oven. You get a creamy and sweet and thick and shiny sauce... yum! Add some cashew nuts during cooking, and it looks and tastes heavenly!
    Thanks for sharing your recipes! Beautiful blog!

    pigpigscorner said...

    How sneaky! But I like this...looks so good!

    EB of SpiceDish said...

    I love "Auntie Joyce's" recipe! Sounds super-homey.

    nora@ffr said...

    ive never tried this before! but sound and look mighty tasty!!

    Manggy said...

    Pfft, LCB also don't use soy sauce, so what do they know? ;) (Pardon my Asian-ness, I can't help it!) I am seriously craving this sandwich right now!!!

    Carol Peterman/TableFare said...

    Oh, I which I had that for dinner. It's a rushed tired night and was pizza slices and a Caesar salad. They were really good pizza slices, but that looks better.

    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

    Mmmm this looks like a delicious dish! I just received a bread book in the mail, so maybe I'll make this with some freshly baked bread to accompany. I'm hungry now!

    Kim (@ Paper Apron) said...

    Auntie Joyce knows her stuff. This looks incredible. And I always use the onion soup mix-- in hamburgers especially. It's funny how I catch myself being a food snob with some ingredients and I know that's not the way to live life, but I always love the onion soup mix!

    Sarah Caron said...

    That sounds fabulous. My family loves anything you can dip, so this would be a huge hit with us. Mmmm!

    Jen said...

    This looks amazing! It is totally on my must-try list now.

    greg Kopp said...

    Oh wow! this looks sooooooo good! I think ill have to try this one soon!