Jamaican curry cheeseburgers - beef recipes
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10 Beef Recipes Beyond Sloppy Joes and Bolognese

Find new inspiration for beef with these 10 creative recipes
Jamaican curry cheeseburgers - beef recipes
Courtesy of Living the Gourmet

There's no denying America's love affair with beef. The average American eats 222 pounds per year and as a nation, we annually consume some 27.3 billion pounds of beef. But it can be easy to get stuck in a beef rut, making burgers, grilled steaks and beef stew over and over again, which is why we’re coming to the rescue with some inspiration to help you mix things up.

Brisket Egg Rolls

Brisket Egg Rolls
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We love brisket and egg rolls are a takeout favorite. But brisket egg rolls? They are as fun and delicious as they sound. This recipe features leftover brisket and homemade crepe wrappers, but to speed things up, you can use store-bought egg roll wrappers.

For the Brisket Egg Rolls recipe, click here.

Philly Cheesesteak Dip

Philly Cheesesteak Dip
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There’s no denying that Philly cheesesteaks are one of the great sandwich recipes worthy of the dinner table, but if you want to put an appetizer spin on this classic, you can mix together chopped roast beef, onions, peppers and cheese sauce. And let’s keep it real, now is not the time to get fancy. Serve it in a hollowed-out loaf of Italian bread and you’ll be the winner of any game day … or any day, for that matter.

For the Philly Cheesesteak Dip recipe, click here.

Beef and Couscous Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers

Beef and Couscous Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers
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Full-sized stuffed peppers are great, but they’re nowhere near as cute as this mini version, which makes a great side, appetizer or even light lunch. Couscous replaces the usual rice and is mixed with ground beef and spinach for a bite-sized morsel topped with cheese.

For the Beef and Couscous Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers recipe, click here.

Beef Fried Wheat Berries

Beef Fried Wheat Berries
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Fried rice is one of our favorite uses for leftovers, but it can get a little old. If you want to switch things up while packing a nutritional punch, then try swapping in wheat berries instead. Whole-wheat kernels are full of fiber and other good stuff, and have a pleasantly chewy texture. Mixed with sliced ribeye, red pepper and fresh ginger, this dish is great to make ahead for a future easy lunch or supper.

For the Beef Fried Wheat Berries recipe, click here.

Curried Cheeseburgers With Sautéed Apple and Tomato Sauce

Curried Cheeseburgers With Sautéed Apple and Tomato Sauce
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When you think beef, burgers likely come to mind. And there’s a lot to love about a classic American hamburger, but if you want to truly get creative, take a cue from this Jamaican-flavored rendition, which incorporates curry powder and other spices into the patty and tops the whole thing with a sauteed apple sauce.

For the Curried Cheeseburgers With Sautéed Apple and Tomato Sauce recipe, click here.

Hearty Spaghetti Casserole

Hearty Spaghetti Casserole
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If you’re craving a dose of nostalgia, then cook up a batch of this hearty spaghetti casserole. Made with ground beef, tomato soup, cream of mushroom soup, green pepper and cheese, it’s like a kitschy, retro version of baked ziti. It’s also easy, comforting and delicious.

For the Hearty Spaghetti Casserole recipe, click here.

Steak with Strawberry-Balsamic Salsa

Steak with Strawberry-Balsamic Salsa
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Steak is perfectly delicious on its own — all it needs is a little salt and pepper and a quick sear. But if you want to add a flavorful and creative twist to your flank steak, try topping it with a quick and easy strawberry-balsamic salsa. It’s the perfect melding of salty and sweet and the fresh strawberries and basil brighten up the meat and make it perfect for spring or summer.

For the Steak with Strawberry-Balsamic Salsa recipe, click here.

Grilled Steak and Potatoes Salad

Grilled Steak and Potatoes Salad
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Meat and potatoes go together like broccoli and cheddar and are a classic pairing for a good reason. But if you want to freshen up this combo, translate it into a salad. Here, steak, potatoes and onions — all cooked on the grill — are piled on romaine and topped with a homemade spicy ranch dressing.

For the Grilled Steak and Potatoes Salad recipe, click here.

Thai-Inspired Braised Short Ribs

Thai-Inspired Braised Short Ribs
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Few foods manage to balance simple comfort with a sense of elegance better than short ribs. When they are slowly braised and become fall-off-the-bone tender, there’s nothing better. While there’s nothing wrong with a simple red wine braise, this recipe looks to Thailand for its flavor inspiration with lemongrass and chile garlic paste along with blood orange, carrot, onion and spices.

For the Thai-Inspired Braised Short Ribs recipe, click here.

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna
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Somewhere between an Italian lasagna and a Mexican enchilada, this Tex-Mex take on layered pasta is ready in 45 minutes and makes a flavorful, family-friendly dinner. Instead of lasagna noodles, the layers are made using tortillas while the filling consists of ground beef, enchilada sauce, salsa and refried beans, culminating in one of our best-ever casserole recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

For the Mexican Lasagna recipe, click here.

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