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march 7 cook-off recipes

March 06, 2001

Maryland Beef Cook-off: Recipes



Marjorie Farr

Santa Fe Beef Bruschetta

  • 3/4 cup prepared ranch salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 minced chipotle pepper in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped plum tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices frozen garlic toast


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In small saucepan, combine dressing, sour cream, chipotle pepper, taco seasoning, 2 tablespoons tomato and 2 tablespoons cilantro; set aside.

Heat a 10-inch fry pan at medium-high heat until very hot, 3 to 4 minutes. Pan-grill steak 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, for rare to medium doneness. Remove to a cutting board and let stand 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Carve steak into bite-size pieces.

Heat toast slices in oven as directed on package. Place toast on serving platter. Top with steak slices.

Warm reserved sauce in pan and spoon over steak. Garnish with remaining chopped tomato, cilantro and extra cilantro sprigs, if desired.

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Serves 4.

- Recipe from Marjorie Farr, Silver Spring, Md.


Steven WeeksBeef-Zucchini Bake

  • 1 large zucchini, 10 to 12 inches long
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheese - cheddar, pepper jack or mozzarella


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. If a large zucchini cannot be found, two or three smaller ones will work. Hollow out seeds in both halves.

Place zucchini on a large cookie sheet, hollow side up. Season each half with salt and pepper. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, brown ground beef in a skillet, adding onion, bell pepper and garlic before beef is fully cooked. When beef is done, add Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove beef mixture from heat.

After zucchini has cooked, spoon beef mixture into each half of cooked zucchini. Return zucchini with beef mixture to oven for 10 minutes. Top with shredded cheese and return to oven until cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from oven and slice.

Serves 4.

- Recipe from Steven Weeks, Bel Air, Md.

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