Rosh Hashanah, a celebration of the Jewish New Year, begins tomorrow night as sunset. For those of you honoring this High Holiday, we have assembled a few of our favorite recipes to make a special evening without a lot of work.
In our Heritage Dish series, we feature Hamilton Beach employees and their favorite family recipes. This month, we highlight Matt Harrington, Communications Manager, and one of his favorite recipes from his hometown of Buffalo, New York.
One of the first things people ask upon meeting me is, “Where are you from?” Most likely, this is because they detect the hint of the Great Lakes in my accent. Even though I’ve lived in Virginia for 14 years, the nasally a’s and hard r’s of the Western New York dialect remain. If my accent doesn’t let people know I’m from Buffalo, the Sabres t-shirt and Bills hat are a surefire giveaway.
Growing up in Western New York, I’ve eaten my share of chicken wings, and I’m skeptical when restaurants outside of the region claim they serve “authentic” Buffalo wings. For some reason, the rest of the country hasn’t figured out how to properly fry and sauce a wing yet. Normally, I make my own wings (and you can, too, with a deep fryer and your favorite hot sauce and butter mixture). But, this post isn’t about our world-famous wing. Instead, I want to introduce you to Buffalo’s best-kept secret: the Beef on Weck.
At first glance, it may appear to be a run-of-the-mill roast beef sandwich. But trust me, Arby’s has nothing on the Beef on Weck. The building blocks of the sandwich are simple: thinly sliced, rare roast beef, horseradish and the salty kummelweck roll.
If you don’t know what kummelweck is, it’s probably because a) you don’t speak German (kummelweck translates to “caraway seed roll”) or b) you don’t live in or know anyone from the City of Good Neighbors. A Beef on Weck without the “weck” is just roast beef on a roll. The food gods bestowed upon Western New York an abundance of kummelweck, available at every supermarket and bakery. If you live outside of the area, you’ll have to make your own. But don’t worry – it’s easy. You don’t even have to bust out your bread maker.
To make the buns, brush the tops of Kaiser or hard rolls with egg wash. Then, sprinkle on a mixture of coarse salt and caraway seeds (the saltier, the better). Pop them in a warmed oven or toaster oven for 3-4 minutes or until the egg wash is dry. That’s it! You’ve just turned an ordinary roll into the uniquely tasty kummelweck – the most important part of the Beef on Weck.
For the roast beef, you can prepare the roast yourself (remembering to catch all the drippings), or you can take the easy way out and order thinly sliced roast beef from the deli counter at your grocery store. Be sure to ask for the rarest meat they have. And – this is important – don’t forget to ask for the au jus. Some delis will have the juice from the roast available for purchase. If they don’t have it, you can pick up a couple quarts of beef stock or broth. While you’re at the supermarket, grab a jar of grated horseradish (not the creamy kind).
Heat the au jus or stock in a slow cooker on high heat. Use a fork to quickly dip each slice of roast beef in the hot juice and immediately place on the roll. Pile the beef high – big flavors call for a big sandwich – and spoon a healthy dollop of sinus-clearing horseradish on top of the meat. Before completing your beefy masterpiece, dip the underside of the top bun in the juice for a little extra flavor and moisture.
Whenever I have family in town or friends over for a football or hockey game, I set up the buffet with the Beef on Weck assembly line. Not only is it delicious (even non-Buffalonians love it), but it takes very little time to prepare. It’s nice to have a little taste of home as we suffer through a season of our favorite teams not making the playoffs. Again.
It’s officially summer. (Hooray!) And that means everyone is grilling. The smells of charcoal, smoky iron grates, fire and charred beef waft through the neighborhood as though beckoning us to join in. Summer brings the rituals of marinating, searing, flipping and checking for perfect grill marks. Every kitchen and backyard has become a serious place for the pit master to showcase the barbecue he or she has been perfecting all year.
Things are no different at the Hamilton Beach headquarters, where the technique for perfectly grilled hash marks are discussed regularly in the Test Kitchen and favorite recipes are passed around like office memos. This recipe for Smoky Grilled Short Ribs is an office favorite. We went crazy for the tender meat and flavorful crust.
These short ribs are so great because they are simple to prepare and quick to grill. The ribs can be dressed up with classic sides like mashed potatoes and vegetables, or dressed down with corn on the cob and side salad. Whatever your presentation, we’re sure the slightly sweet and smoky short ribs will be a crowd pleaser, and the smell of these cooking on the grill will have your neighbors begging for the recipe.
With top-of-the-line features such as porcelain-coated, cast iron cooking grates and oversized temperature gauges, Hamilton Beach grills are built to perform. Choose the outdoor grill that fits your cooking needs best, and enjoy the compliments you get from family and friends every time you fire up the grill.
I love recipes that can be used in many different ways, and this simple Asian-style beef is no exception. Just add all the ingredients to the slow cooker, no marinating or pre-browning required. It cooks for a few hours while I’m off doing fun summer things, like going to the pool or taking a walk in the park with my dog. When I get home, I’m usually pretty hungry and want to fix up something tasty but quick. It’s easy to toss some juicy beef onto a roll with fresh veggies like radishes, carrots and herbs for a unique summer lunch. Leftovers can be served over rice and broccoli for a quick and healthy one-dish dinner. I might even put the beef in an Asian-inspired taco or lettuce wraps – there are a ton of ways to use this recipe, so it’s okay to be creative.
For “one-pot” simplicity, nothing beats slow cooking. But when it comes to bringing hot meals to parties and potlucks, spills can be a concern. With the travel-friendly Set & Forget® Slow Cooker, messes aren’t an issue.
Jennifer Fisher of The Fit Fork is an award-winning recipe creator, food & fitness blogger, healthy cooking coach, spokesperson and competitive runner. Jennifer offers ways to quickly and confidently prepare healthy, well-balanced meals with delicious taste. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
When it comes to preparing fast and flavorful meals that support my family’s active lifestyle, grilling is my go-to cooking method. Grilling allows me to create delicious dishes that bring out the natural goodness of lean proteins and fresh seasonal produce instead of covering it up with bad-for-you sauces and breading. My recipe for Seared Beef & Mango Thai Noodle Salad is a light and healthy entrée that makes the most of nature’s abundance – and my time!
I have always enjoyed grilling out in the backyard, but often the weather or busy weeknights make this option less than ideal. In these cases, my Searing Grill from Hamilton Beach comes to the rescue, getting the job done quickly and with very little clean up because the grates can be popped in the dishwasher. Whether I’m in my own kitchen or making dinner in our vacation home, the portable Searing Grill is a proven performer – which is more than I can say for a charcoal grill bombarded by ocean breezes.
Lean beef is one of my favorite meats to grill and I have come to rely on the protein, iron, B vitamins and other essential nutrients to support my performance and recovery as a competitive runner and fitness enthusiast. These nutrients are also vital for the brain and muscle power of my three growing boys. I used top sirloin in my salad because it’s one of the leanest cuts around, with 6.5 grams of fat per 3 oz serving – earning it the Heart Check-Mark, an endorsement by the American Heart Association.
When grilling a steak it’s important to get a hot sear on the outside; this process locks in tenderness, enhances flavor and makes appetizing grate marks on the outside. This technique is super simple to achieve with the Searing Grill. Just remember to only flip the steak once halfway through cooking and allow the meat to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
The juicy beef, sweet mango (grilled fruit is delicious) and cool crisp vegetables are easy to prepare, and it’s inviting enough to serve for an impromptu patio party this time of year. Another perk is the thread-thin rice noodles only need to soak in water for a few minutes, meaning the oven and stovetop won’t warm up the house – and that’s a cool thing in the heat of summer!
The high temperature of the Searing Grill makes it possible to get outdoor flavor indoors. Plus, the hood, grill plate and tray are removable and dishwasher-safe, making cleanup a breeze.