Beef is rich and delicious — just a little salt and pepper is all that’s needed to enhance flavor. A glaze, on the other hand, can take your favorite roast to another level. As we approach the holidays, it’s time to think about the family feast. Will you plan a casual affair for family and friends, or a stunningly spectacular dining experience with several courses and delectable appetizers? No matter what you feature on the table, consider preparing a glaze to accompany your favorite beef dish. Typically a thickened sauce with a sweet or savory component, glazes give regular roasted beef a little extra oomph!
We’ve been spending some time in the Certified Angus Beef ® brand Education & Culinary Center. The chefs have created some absolutely amazing flavors in preparation for the holidays. Today, enjoy a few of their favorite glaze recipes. Try one of these the next time you prepare a Certified Angus Beef ® brand roast.
Maple Bourbon Bacon Glaze
8 ounces bacon, diced
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/2 cup brewed coffee, room temperature
1-2 tablespoons bourbon
Simmer bacon until just crisp. Remove bacon and strain drippings from the pan. Keep both at room temperature.
In a medium saucepan, combine beef stock and maple syrup over medium heat. Stir occasionally until liquid reduces by half and becomes a deep mahogany color, approximately 10 minutes.
Add half of coffee and return to a boil.
Whisk in remaining coffee and bourbon.
Simmer an additional 3 minutes. Whisk in reserved bacon drippings.
Serve warm glaze over roast, adding bacon into sauce or on top as a garnish, as desired.
Honey Mustard Sauce
1/2 cup yellow mustard
1/2 cup honey
pinch of kosher salt
4 turns of the pepper grinder
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (like Slap Your Mama)
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
Mix all ingredients together. Use to baste meat during the last 15 minutes of cooking, drizzle over cooked meat just before serving, or serve at the table.
Creamy Cranberry Sauce
1/2 package (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 can (14 oz.) whole-berry cranberry sauce
1 oz. orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
¼ teaspoon orange zest
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, honey and cinnamon until smooth. Add cranberry sauce, Grand Marnier and orange zest.
Horseradish Sour Cream Sauce
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
3 tablespoons sour cream
Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustards, horseradish, sour cream, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl.
Serve at room temperature.
Happy roasting — check out our ‘Tis the Season Pinterest board for more holiday feasting ideas!