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Today, we’re cooking up an old school roast beef with a mustard rub, which we’ll be pairing with an Asian-style Coleslaw, a combo that’s perfect for wintry nights in, or intimate holiday gatherings, and we’ll be doing this with a little help from our old friends over at Tavour, who we’re delighted to welcome back to Living the Gourmet – but more on them in just a moment.
The Beef – We’ve Got It
1) Top Round – Ideal For Roasting. This is the cut of beef most commonly found in deli-style ‘roast beef,’ it’s also a slow cooker favorite, and is the most common type of meat used in London Broil – and there’s a reason for this. The top round is cut from the inside of the cow’s hind legs. As you might imagine, due to the cut’s location, this a piece of meat that’s under constant stress and use. This portion of the cow’s hind legs are analogues to our own calves, which are put to use literally every time we so much as take a step. This means that the top round, similar to chuck roast, is a ‘tough’ cut of meat, making it less than desirable for steaks. Top round is also a very lean cut of meat, having virtually no marbling, and being far leaner than chuck, which also has the effect of making it less than ideal for sausages or burgers. However, these very same qualities make it great for slow roasting and braising. In addition, this relatively limited range of uses also has the effect of driving its price down, making one of the more affordable cuts of meat available.
2) Top Round Steaks – Do’s and Don’ts. Top round is simply delicious when roasted, but in my opinion trying to serve it as a steak is a bit like trying to square a circle. That said, top round steaks often feature quite a bit of ‘production-side’ tenderization before they make it to consumers – you can use your imagination as to what that entails – and that’s what turns me off the most about them. However, if you do find yourself into possession of top round steaks (since they are so easy on the budget they are sometimes hard to resist), there are two ways to make them palatable. The first is to marinate them thoroughly (preferably overnight), and then grill them, either on the barbeque or stovetop on a griddle or cast iron pan. The marinating process will help to tenderize this otherwise tough cut, while providing a nice extra layer of flavor. The second way is to coat them (thoroughly) in salt, pepper, and garlic powder (or whatever rub you prefer), and then grill them rapidly over very high heat, and then cut them as thinly as you can manage against the grain. Conversely, you could of course combine these two prep methods for the ‘best’ results.
The Beer – We’ve Got That Too, and So Can You
Roast beef and a dark or ‘dense’ beer is match made in heaven, like vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, the two just go together, and from the pictures below, you can see that’s exactly what we did with a little help from our friends over at Tavour.
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