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Creative Chuck Steak

makinitgreen May 7, 2012 01:58 PM

Hey all,

I just got a bunch of chuck steaks from my meat CSA yesterday, and I've been reading that braising is an excellent idea for these cuts. Here's my deal: because of tremendous dietary restrictions I'm not sure what to braise IN. Can't do any onions or garlic, tomato, red wine, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, etc. Don't like white wine, either. So, what does that leave me? Some homemade chicken or beef broth with herbs and carrots, parsley, and celery? Any suggestions?


  1. chowser May 8, 2012 12:16 PM

    Believe it or not, coffee is really good and you don't taste it. Beer also works well. Chicken or beef stock are fine.

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      4Snisl May 8, 2012 11:16 AM

      I bet you could actually make a decent chili....yes, even without the onion, garlic, or beer. :)

      This recipe might be a good place to start....instead of masa harina, might choose to thicken with rice flour?


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        seamunky May 8, 2012 07:45 AM

        coca cola

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        1. re: seamunky
          makinitgreen May 8, 2012 09:34 AM

          Coke: high fructose corn syrup. No can do.

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          sweethooch May 7, 2012 02:51 PM

          A gluten-free beer? Chicken or beef stock and orange juice with Cuban spices?

          1. 1POINT21GW May 7, 2012 02:10 PM

            What about grinding it and making hamburger patties out of some of it?

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            1. re: 1POINT21GW
              makinitgreen May 7, 2012 02:22 PM

              Well, we got lots of ground beef in our csa share already, and I love the taste of slow-cooked meat. So, just want to see what's possible from the chowhound folks.

              1. re: makinitgreen
                1POINT21GW May 7, 2012 02:24 PM

                Ah, I see.

                What about braising it in coconut milk? I think this would go well with an Asian or Caribbean direction.

                1. re: 1POINT21GW
                  eight_inch_pestle May 8, 2012 01:30 PM

                  I was thinking a SE Asian curry, as well, although I was picturing cubed rather braised whole. All sorts of online sites and even generalist cookbooks should have a basic recipe these days. Homemade or store-bought curry paste, lemongrass, shallot, lime leaf, fish sauce, maybe some galangal or fresh turmeric if you can get your hands on them.

                  1. re: 1POINT21GW
                    makinitgreen May 9, 2012 07:03 PM

                    Thanks for this suggestion. That's exactly what I did, and it was delicious! Here's the recipe I modeled tonight's dinner after: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/thai-.... My husband loved it, and I know how I'm going to make it even more flavorful next time.

                    1. re: makinitgreen
                      eight_inch_pestle May 9, 2012 07:17 PM

                      Good to hear. Have to admit I've never seen bay leaf in a thai recipe. Live and learn. Or maybe it was somehow viewed as a substitute for lime leaf...

                      1. re: eight_inch_pestle
                        makinitgreen May 10, 2012 04:02 AM

                        Yeah, me, too. Fortunately I had lime leaf, and I'm sure it made a world of difference. Bay leaf just doesn't have that wonderful savory quality. But at least I had a starting point . . . wouldn't have even thought of coconut milk without your suggestion,

                      2. re: makinitgreen
                        1POINT21GW May 9, 2012 09:56 PM

                        You're welcome! Good to hear you guys enjoyed it!

                2. monavano May 7, 2012 02:04 PM

                  Broth and aromatics should work well with the beef. Throw a bay leaf in there too.

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                  1. re: monavano
                    boyzoma May 7, 2012 02:57 PM

                    Love the thought of broth and aromatics. Maybe in a slow cooker using root beer (I do this with pork) and have shredded beef sandwiches on gluten free bread or rolls (ala french dip)?

                    1. re: boyzoma
                      Westy May 10, 2012 05:13 AM

                      Hmmmm...can you describe the root beer/ slow cooker recipe?

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