Let's make roast beef in a Dutch oven and enjoy the fun of BBQ.
Have you ever tried roast beef out of a Dutch oven? Trust us when we say it's not that hard, contrary to belief. We even have a registered dietitian to help introduce easy recipes.
GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BBQ! HOW TO USE A DUTCH OVEN
When you hear "Dutch oven", what first comes to mind? Amongst other things, we hope it’s a little black pot! We're here to show you that using a Dutch oven, other than a few preparation tasks, can be fun and rewarding!
WHAT IS A DUTCH OVEN?
A Dutch oven is a pot usually made from cast iron and is commonly around 10-12 inches. They are very easy to use and we recommend them even to BBQ beginners. These are also usually sold at around 4,000 yen a pop, a worthy BBQ investment indeed. Unlike regular pots, Dutch ovens have a super heavy lid that helps ensure tightness. Another good point of the lid being made from iron is heat can be applied to the bottom and top of the pot. This allows for more natural flavors without an excess use of oil or water. Of course, you can boil soups, bake bread and cakes, and you can even make rice in it! Steaming, boiling, BBQing, and smoking are all possibilities with the Dutch oven.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START COOKING
Once you get your hands on one, there are a few things we should point out. Most Dutch ovens are coated with an anti-corrosive wax. You'll want to remove this wax through the following steps.
1. Heat water in the Dutch Oven for 20-30 minutes and then drain the water.
2. Bake and cool while coating with oil 3-4 times. You'll notice the smell so be careful with ventilation.
3. Finally, to finish off the iron/metal smell, fry a bit of leftover vegetable scraps like carrots, onion peels and other leafy greens.
Repeat these steps as necessary. Your Dutch oven should become noticeably darker in color.
There are also a few simple pointers to know once you've finished using your Dutch Oven that you should know. Be sure to add several inches of water to the pot itself and scrub any dirt left behind. You'll want to avoid washing it with any conventional detergents. Once you've gotten it all clean, wipe away the moisture with until a towel until it is completely dry. Finally coat the inside with oil. Also, after using the Dutch Oven, moisture can collect in between the lid and the body and thus placing disposable chopsticks in between the lid and the body and wrapping it in newspaper can solve this issue. Store it in a storage bag and put it away for the next outing/event.
CAPTIVATING DUTCH OVEN-MADE ROAST BEEF RECIPE.
Once you have prepared your Dutch Oven, let's get to the recipes so that you can hurry up and enjoy your BBQ.
Roast Beef Block
Salt and Black Pepper
- ＜How to Make＞
1. Preheat the Dutch Oven and add olive oil.
2. After applying your preferred amount of seasonings, begin by cooking each side of the block, but not too much!
3. After you've got a bit of browning, remove the meat from the Dutch oven and insert your metal netting. Place the meat back in. This will keep the meat from sticking to the oven itself.
4. Close the lid and place charcoals on top for approximately 30-40 minutes.
5. Next. after you've removed the meat from the oven, wrap it in aluminum foil. Give it some peace and quiet for 30 minutes. (It is its last few 30 minutes in existence. Be courteous.) This will also help keep the juiciness locked in.
6. Slice, serve and enjoy!
MORE POSSIBILITIES WITH ROAST BEEF
Of course you could dig in right away, but there are also other possibilities that we urge you to try!
The easiest is to simply throw the roast beef on top of rice with vegetables and a bit of homemade sauce! You can even add a bit of Yuzu Kosho (Condiment Paste made from Yuzu zest and chili peppers) for an added Japanese flavor!
- ＜Ingredients For 2-3 People＞
1/4 Onion Diced
1 Tablespoon of Red Wine
2 Teaspoons of sugar
2 Teaspoons of Mirin (sweet rice wine used in cooking)
- ＜How to Make!＞
1. Dice the onions.
2. In a small pot slowly boil all of the ingredients. This shouldn't take more than a few minutes. (If you add the Yuzu Kosho just moments before you remove it from the flame, this will give it the most Japanese-like flavor).
ROAST BEEF SANDWICH
Yummy! Just like the name says! We thought this one was pretty obvious but it gives you a good reason to add vegetables to your BBQ! Not to mention these are things that your body needs!
ROAST BEEF SALAD
More vegetable options! Simply toss a few slices onto a salad and you'll no longer feel like a rabbit nibbling on greens. The contrast of meat and vegetables also gives it that “instagrammable” effect.
You may even be a BBQ newcomer and all of this might seem a little intimidating, but with all of these recipes, it's actually quite simple! Once you've tried the roast beef recipes yourself, why not take another challenge with the Dutch Oven? The possibilities are endless!
- Katamura Masami
- As a registered dietitian at a general hospital, Katamura Masami has been collecting experience in her field for the last 10 years. As of now, she works on a wide range of activities including writing content from courses related to health and from health advisers. Her mission is to convey proper meals to all generations.
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