Humans have been eating beef since the time of early cave paintings. Though recently the entree has come under some fire for health and animal rights groups, beef nevertheless remains one of the most popular dishes in many countries of the world.
Beef is extremely high in protein and provides good amounts of vitamin B12 and Niacin, both of which are imperative to the function of multiple body systems. Contrary to popular belief, beef can actually be quite lean and low in fat. In fact, there are over 29 different cuts of beef that meet the USDA labeling requirements for being identified as lean.
One of the most enjoyable things about beef entrees is diversity. There are so many vegetables, creams, sauces, pastries, soups, stews, stir fries and even other meats that beef pairs with very well. Popular entree recipes seek to highlight beef's natural flavor while nutritionally rounding out the meal with important staples like vegetables, fruits and grains.
One of the characteristics of beef, favored by chefs the world over, is its phenomenal ability to absorb other flavors while also lending its own flavor to surrounding foods via its juices during cooking. To this end, it is the task of the would-be beef chef to identify which vegetables, fruits, rices and sauces will best absorb and compound the natural flavor of beef. Crockpot recipes are typically chock-full of diced tomatoes, carrots and russet or red-skinned potatoes, as all these ingredients are particularly suitable for absorbing flavor.
In recent years, adventurous outdoor grillers have found success marrying beef tenderloin with fruits like pineapples, apples and even pears on kabobs. Beef connoisseurs have also suffed prime cuts with goronzola, rosemary and garlic-infused oils before roasting for intensive flavor-fusion.
The fun thing about beef entrees is that the possibilities are apparently endless. People continue to divine new and delicious ways to prepare beef everyday. To this end, let your imagination and stomach lead you to culinary bliss. Good eating!