A tender, aroma-filled comfort food with a taste twist and a refreshing, colorful, tangy salad took top prizes in this year's South Dakota Beef Cook-Off during the recent State Fair in Huron.
The winning entres Roast Beef Caribbean Style and Citrus Steak Salad, were among dishes created by home cooks and featuring one of 29 lean beef cuts.
Susan Patrick, Watertown, topped six competitors in the Cook-Off's adult division and took home $500 cash with a chuck shoulder pot roast prepared in a cast iron Dutch oven. What set this recipe apart, said CattleWomen Cook-Off Chair Karla Pazour, was a braising mixture of ingredients including ginger, habanero peppers, and cinnamon.
This is not your grandmother's pot roast, said Pazour. It has a subtle island-taste that still allows the beef flavor to be prominent. Roast Beef Caribbean Style proves that beef can fit into modern cuisines." Patrick, Lincoln Elementary school principal, said she used peppers from her brother-in-law's garden. If you prefer less heat, she advises use jalapeno instead of habanero or peppers to your taste.
On the lighter side, 15-year-old Michaela DeWald of Milbank put together her beef salad and the winning combination in the youth division against five other entrants, taking home a $250 cash prize. This ninth grader at Milbank High School is no novice when it comes to cooking. She won the Cook-Off's youth division two years ago with her Western Beef and Corn Casserole. She said she enjoyed this particular recipe, which included top sirloin steak, strawberries, goat cheese and Romaine lettuce. I liked working with the various food groups, said Michaela, adding that she has polished her competitive cooking skills through her involvement with the 4-H program's Special Foods contests.
For the second year in a row, the cook-off day also featured the Beef Basket Challenge, a beef-cooking contest between two celebrity South Dakotans. This year, Holly Hoffman of TV's Survivor fame and her South Dakota legislator husband, Charlie Hoffman, vied against one anotherCharlie's braised flank steak won over his wife's grilled beef kabob's in a People's Choice award.
Patrick and her husband, Jim, compete in outdoor cook-offs with their turn-of-the-century chuck wagon. This was the first time she entered the South Dakota Beef Cook-Off.
The South Dakota Beef Cook-Off and Beef Basket Challenge are hosted by the South
Dakota CattleWomen and funded by South Dakota beef producers through Beef Checkoff Dollars. For a complete list of winners and recipes from the 2011 South Dakota Beef Cook-Off to http://www.sdbeef.org.
Roast Beef Caribbean Style
By Susan Patrick, Watertown (Adult Division Winner)
2 1Ú2 lbs. chuck shoulder pot roast
4 garlic cloves, cut in half
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1Ú2 tsp. Rick's Salt, 1Ú2 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. chopped garlic
Cross cut roast and push garlic clove halves INTO roast (remove after cooking).
Rub roast with olive oil and sprinkle the roast with Rick's Salt and pepper. Rub chopped garlic on the outside of roast.
Sear roast in additional olive oil (using high heat).
One bunch green onions, slivered