Celebrate Thanksgiving With Beef

Roasts are a great alternative to turkey for holiday dinners.

Published on: Nov 21, 2011

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, people have turkey on their minds, but they shouldn't forget beef! Nine of the 29 lean beef cuts now available at retail are roasts, making them great solutions for holiday dinners. By selecting a lean roast, consumers can enjoy a delicious holiday meal while still watching their waistlines. What makes a roast such a great solution for Thanksgiving? Dave Zino, executive chef for the beef checkoff, says roasts are great for Thanksgiving because they're larger cuts and they can feed more than just a couple of people.

"They're easy to prepare," Zino said. "We have two basic types of roasts; we have moist heat cooking roasts or pot roasts and then we also have dry heat cooking roasts such as oven roasts, and those include everything from a round tip roast to a rump roast to top sirloin roast to a beef tenderloin or a rib roast. Many, many options for you out there. And even if you're not feeding a crowd, make the roast on Thanksgiving day and enjoy the leftovers and sandwiches on Friday for the big football game, or salads, or even for breakfast as well with toast and eggs."

Zino suggests before venturing out to the store, and especially before you begin cooking, to visit the checkoff's Beef. It's What's For Dinner website. 

"That's the best place to go and I always like to say before you go get all the know at BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com," Zino said. "A great, great website with a ton of different recipes, we have how-to videos, we actually have a video on doing an oven roast, and there's also a tool on there called the interactive meat case. You highlight a cut and it will give you cut names, recipes, cooking information and background on that cut. So it's really, really a great site to go to – very consumer-friendly and as I said before, it's the place that I go before I go to the store."

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