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Hi everyone, I need some suggestions for a main meat course. I was going to make beef Wellington, but beef tenderloin is so expensive. I'm expecting about 15 people for dinner. I already have 3 meat courses, but I wanted something beef. The other meat courses are apple wood smoked duck, herb roasted turkey, and ham. The sides are hasselback potatoes, roasted veggies, and baked macaroni and cheese. Thanks in advance.

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  1. A succulent pot roast and gravy?

    1. You could do a slow-roasted eye of round, which is sort of like poor man's tenderloin. If you cook it low and slow and don't go above medium rare, it's pretty tasty, sliced thin. You might also consider flank steak - it takes well to marinades and sauces of all types, and is a snap to grill quickly. It's also really nice stuffed, and makes a lovely presentation - here's a favorite recipe from Food & Wine: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/fl...

      And another from Martha Stewart - I make a few changes to this one to bulk up the filling a bit: http://www.marthastewart.com/317804/o...

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      1. re: biondanonima

        i agree on the eye of round….cooked right, it is surprisingly flavorful and tender.

      2. I will think of something that isnt beef. Im the only one who will want my beef medium rare. Everyone else likes theirs medium well or well done. Thanks everyone!

        1. Standing Rib Roast will go well with your other proteins. It will also fit the need of serving to guests who like well done down to med rare.

          1. Edit. Sorry, wrong meat!

            1. I know you want red meat - but I think a crown roast of pork would fit right in.

              Past that perhaps a salmon wellington would be a nice addition?

              Sounds likea beauty of a table.... what time should I show up for dinner and of course what can I bring:-)

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              1. re: sparky403

                Lol thanks!

              2. Asado Negro. Its a roast with a sweet dark sauce of vinegar and red wine, roasted for hours with thinly sliced red peppers and onions. There are lots of recipes, but this is the one I use.
                http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/mag...

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                1. re: EricMM

                  Wow, thanks for sharing this recipe link! I'm not looking for a Christmas dinner dish, but I can't wait to try this, it looks wonderful!

                2. Sauerbraten. Inexpensive cut of meat. Needs to marinate for several days, so plan ahead.

                  1. Thanks everyone, I decided to make roasted cornish game hens with cranberry port sauce.

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                    1. re: BrasilFutbolGirl

                      you are having a medieval feast with all those meats!

                    2. If red meat is the criteria, consider leg of lamb. We do that every year in our Household. I've seen whole NY steak roasts quite a bit of late. Roasted whole like a rib roast it is a good inexpensive(relatively) option to priem rib.