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3 Quick & easy beef recipes using stock

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Beef stock makes mealtime easy

Just because you’re low on time doesn’t mean you can’t make a quick and healthy meal for your family. With a little planning and some help from concentrated beef stock, you can ensure your family has a hot and delicious meal that doesn’t require tipping the delivery guy!

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French Dip Burgers

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tub Knorr Homestyle Stock -- beef
  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

Directions:

  1. Combine half the stock with the ground meat and shape into 4 patties. Make a small indent in the top of the patties; they will fatten as they cook.
  2. Grill, broil or saute the burgers (flipping only once) until they're done (5 or 6 minutes on each side).
  3. While the burgers are cooking, bring the water and remaining stock to a boil over high heat in a 1-quart saucepan.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce until the stock has completely melted.
  5. Top the burgers with cheese immediately after removing them from the heat to allow it to melt; arrange the burgers on the buns.
  6. Serve each burger with 1/4 of the sauce in a small bowl on the side. (Try the next recipe as a substitute for fries on the side!)

Hearty Chili

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tub Knorr Homestyle Stock -- beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Directions:

  1. Cook the ground beef, onion and red or green pepper in a 4-quart saucepan, stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned and the vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in the stock and chipotle pepper until the stock is melted.
  3. Stir in the beans and tomatoes.
  4. Bring the chili to a boil over high heat, then reduce to low and simmer it, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with cheese, sour cream, green onions, crackers or your favorite chili add-ins.

Ginger Beef and Broccoli

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tub Knorr Homestyle Stock -- beef
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound boneless sirloin steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water (with 1 tablespoon reserved)
  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Using a fork, mash 1 teaspoon of the stock concentrate with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, the brown sugar, the ginger and the red pepper flakes in a small bowl until blended. Toss the steak in half of this mixture.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat and brown the steak (in 2 batches), stirring quickly, for about 5 minutes. Remove the steak and set aside.
  3. Stir the remaining stock mixture, all but 1 tablespoon of the water and the broccoli into the same skillet; cover and cook until the broccoli is crisp-tender (about 3 minutes).
  4. Blend the cornstarch with the reserved tablespoon of water and stir it into the skillet.
  5. Bring it to a boil over high heat, reduce to low, return the steak to the skillet, and heat through.
  6. Stir in the remaining teaspoon of sesame oil and serve (over brown rice, if desired).
Adapted from recipes at Knorr.com

More recipes using stock

Enchilada Soup
Winter soup recipes

Hearty Beef and Beer Stew

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