Meat, particularly beef, has long been synonymous to Americans with abundance at the table. Let professionals from the American Academy of Chefs show you how to make oh-so-juicy, tender meat dishes.
By Fritz Sonnenschmidt (Editor), Dennis Gottlieb (Photographer), The American Academy of Chefs

Recipes of our ancestors
As American cuisine continues to embrace influences from around the world, we are preparing a wider variety of meats, some of which, having once enjoyed popularity with our immigrant ancestors, are at last making a long-deserved resurgence in American cooking.

Lamb is reestablishing its popularity in American cuisine after a long decline -- the Herb-Roasted Leg of Lamb with White Bean, Fennel, and Olive Ragout combines traditional Italian ingredients with savory roasted lamb. And with the ready availability of farm-raised varieties, fresh game, once the mainstay of the frontier table, is garnering a new following among American cooks with dishes like the Roasted-Shallot-and-Mustard-Crusted Rabbit Loin with Chanterelles and Fava Beans.

Pork is a versatile meat that can make an elegant main course-try the Pork Loin Stuffed with Apples and Raisins, or the Bacon-Wrapped Cinnamon Pork Loin, which uses two varieties of pork, as well as fresh herbs and pine nuts. Classically-southern Smothered Pork Chops are updated here with the addition of tropical pineapple and peanut butter.

Have no fear, however -- beef is not neglected here. The Sake-Glazed Stuffed Beef Tenderloin, with its Asian-inspired flavors, or the Grilled Beef Steak with Peanut-Crusted Potato Cake, which puts a nouvelle spin on the traditional meat-and-potatoes combination, are sure to satisfy the cravings of the most demanding carnivore.

Here are the recipes!

  • Pork Loin Stuffed with Apples and Raisins
  • Bacon-Wrapped Cinnamon Pork Loin
  • Smothered Pork Chops
  • Pistachio-Crusted Pork Scaloppine with Mango Shrim
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin in Sausage Crust
  • Herb-Roasted Leg of Lamb with White Bean Ragout
  • Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
  • Sake-Glazed Stuffed Beef Tenderloin
  • Roulade of Beef
  • Richville Roast Veal
  • Grilled Beef Steak with Peanut-Crusted Potato Cake
  • Braised Short Ribs
  • Braised Chuck Eye Chop with Lemon
  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Roasted-Shallot-and-Mustard-Crusted Rabbit

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