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Treat your guests to mouthwatering appetizers for the holidays

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For Tom and I, we pretty much have down time in December (whew!). The airports are crazy as is the unpredictable weather, so we don’t travel to Charlotte or California to see family, and wouldn’t think about driving to the west side. But most of you are now in the serious crazy thick of it; shopping, parties, family, decorating, wrapping, shipping, in the car all the time. What can I offer that would help make things easier for the hostess of the house?

You’ve probably outlined the main dinner, and are on top of the baking, snacks, etc.. I’d like to suggest a couple of easy prep and serve dishes that will be a nice surprise for your guests. 

For this special time of year Angus Meats offers several combinations of wonderful mouth-watering appetizers that will quickly disappear off the plate. Take the edge off with Coconut Chicken Skewers, Teriyaki Beef & Chicken Skewers, Schwann Skewers, or plain Beef and Pork Skewers. Dip in your own sauces, or we have suggestions from Chef Jeff who can help with sides (just ask!). They’re so simple and easy to bake in the oven with a quick 15 to 20 minutes at 400°. 

For breakfast, how about a fabulous meat treat to go along with the omelets and cinnamon rolls? Lean bacon is great of course, and the store brand sausage is sometimes a hit or miss proposition. For something really different and amazing, you must try our handmade Angus Meats Apple-Cranberry or Blueberry Peach Sausage Links (known as ‘Little Chubbies’). They are unbelievable with that “snap” casing and taste-bud pleasing wake-up flavor. Yum!

If you’re interested in either one of these specialty items you won’t find anywhere else, just give us a call at 509-482-7033. We’re always ready for you and in your neighborhood just south of Gonzaga Prep. Shop local! 

Hope your holidays are delightful, celebrating family and good health!

Written by Leslie Stachecki

Can I have that recipe?

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Doesn’t it feel great when you bring a mouthwatering entrée to a holiday party or serve it at your own house and your friends keep asking for the recipe?

Look no further than our delicious line-up of Bold Burgers (Bold and Blue, Buckaroo, Hickory Smokehouse) to create delicious and unique entrees and appetizers that will make your customer’s dish the envy of the party:

Mini meatballs: Cut each Bold Burger tube in half and then cut each half in half. Roll each piece into a ball. Place meatballs in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 25 min. Coat cooked meatballs with your favorite sauce or glaze or insert skewer or wooden picks in mini meatballs and serve with your favorite dip.

Gourmet flavored meatloaf: Smash three Bold Burger tubes together, form into a loaf, bake in 350 degree oven for 45 min. Brush top with your favorite glaze.

Flavored sliders: Slice Bold Burger tube into thirds. Smash each portion into a thin patty and cook. Place each slider on a mini bun and top with all the fixins. Serve on your favorite holiday platter.

Gourmet lasagna or your favorite casserole: Spice up any lasagna or casserole by crumbling and cooking Bold Burgers in place of ground beef. You are only limited by your culinary creativity (no pressure).

“Hey, what are these ‘tubes’ you’re referring to?” It’s our individually fresh-sealed sections of Bold Burger. Bold Burger is always fresh and never pre-formed!

Give your beef a kick

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Want more out of your beef dishes? Experiment with flavorful rubs and marinades to boost your customer’s experience.

Creole Rub
Makes 2 ½ cups
2 cups Creole mustard
1 cup minced onion
¼ cup minced garlic
3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
½ cup dry Cajun seasoning blend

Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well blended. Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to use. Spread on beef just before cooking or up to 5 hours in advance.

For more recipes like these, visit Beef Checkoff

Beef rib roast with browned veggies

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Total Recipe Time: 2-3/4 to 3-1/2 hours. Serves 8-10.

1 beef Rib Roast Bone-In (2 to 4 ribs), small end, chine (back) bone removed (6 to 8 pounds)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper
8 small red-skinned potatoes, cooked
8 boiling onions, cooked
8 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces, cooked

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Combine garlic and lemon pepper; press onto beef Roast. Place Roast, fat side up, in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat or touching bone. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 350°F oven 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 hours for medium rare; 2-1/2 to 3 hours for medium doneness.

2. Remove Roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 145°F for medium. Transfer to board; tent with foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°-15°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)

3. Remove all but 2 tablespoons drippings from pan. Add vegetables; cook over medium-high heat five minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Carve roast. Serve with vegetables. Rub your tummy and smile.
Nutrition information per serving: 470 calories; 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 139 mg cholesterol; 218 mg sodium; 36 g carbohydrate; 5.0 g fiber; 51 g protein; 22.1 mg niacin; 1.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.7 mcg vitamin B12; 4.2 mg iron; 55.1 mcg selenium; 9.5 mg zinc; 211.4 mg choline.

Image and recipe source: Beef Checkoff

How do you pick out lamb?

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Spring lamb is an Easter and a Passover dinner-table tradition. Yet this is also the trickiest time of the year to buy it because supply is limited—the bulk of the new season isn’t available till May or June—and what is in stores will have been fed mainly grain, rather than grass, which makes for fattier meat. Most of what you will see is four-to-six-month-old Colorado lamb, and even that isn’t plentiful, so stores fall back on tougher, gamier ten-to-eleven-month-old lamb to make up the numbers. How do you tell the difference? Look for a smaller leg, which means the lamb is younger. Or seek out lamb from Australia or local small boutique farmers: They’re grass-fed, generally less mature, and more tender.

Colorado Characteristics: The most common American lamb is fed on grass prior to being plumped up on grain in feed lots for a few months. This produces a larger animal than a pure grass-fed lamb—up to 85 pounds—with well-marbled pinkish-red meat and a large eye nugget on the rib. The flavor is rich and mellow, but the meat can be fatty. Don’t pay much attention to the USDA-prime label: Only grain-fed lambs are fat enough to qualify, and lamb raised outside the U.S. is grass-fed.

Australian Characteristics: The next most plentiful lamb, after Colorado; 70 percent of it is shipped fresh. The animals are free of all growth hormones and 99 percent grass-fed (occasionally, a small amount of grain is used). The ten-month-old lambs weigh, on average, 40 to 50 pounds; the flesh is lean and pale pink, with a sweet mild flavor. The Australian lamb currently available has been raised under prime summer conditions, so it’s a good time to buy.

New Zealand Characteristics: After Australia, New Zealand is the next big producer, although not as much of its lamb seems to end up on these shores—and 90 percent of what does get here is frozen. This all-natural pasture-raised lamb is small, with a carcass weight of between 33 and 40 pounds at four months. The meat is lean, pale in color, with a stronger flavor than Australian lamb.

Angus Brands proudly offers domestic and imported (New Zealand, Australia) 100% natural lamb. Raised in limited quantities, our lamb selections include frozen and fresh custom cut racks, cutlets, chops, stew meat, sirloins, and tenderloins.

Corned beef tradition

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our delicious corned beef!

Our age-old family recipe blends herbs and spices that bring back that traditional taste your customers are craving. Hand-cut and trimmed, our 21-day naturally cured corned beef is personally turned daily by our Brine Master.

It’s not just for dinner! So, how about breakfast? Add potatoes and top with a fried egg for a tasty home-made corned beef hash. Lunch? Great in a cold sandwich, or as a traditional toasty Rueben. Appetizer? Serve thin slices with your favorite crackers, Swiss cheese and hot mustard. Just don’t forget a pint of Guinness.


To learn more about our corned beef, call Jeff Curry at 509-482-7033