Easy Beef and Bacon Bundles with Worcestershire Gravy

Aired November 9, 2012

8 slices smoky, black pepper bacon
8 slices beef round, about 1 3/4 pounds, pounded very thin
Kosher salt and coarse black pepper
1 onion, very finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
1 bundle flat or curly parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups beef consomm or stock
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 pounds thin-skinned potatoes, halved or quartered
1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut in half

Bake bacon on a slotted pan at 375F until lightly crisped, about 10 minutes. Remove and cool to handle.

Season the thin beefsteaks with salt and pepper. Arrange a slice of bacon on each and top each with a small handful of onion, a pinch of garlic and some parsley. Roll and secure each bundle with a toothpick.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a Dutch oven over medium to medium-high heat. Brown meat bundles evenly; remove to a plate. Add another tablespoon butter to the pan and sprinkle in flour. Whisk 1 minute then whisk in consomm or stock, milk and Worcestershire. Add meat back to the pan and reduce heat to low simmer. Cover and simmer 75-90 minutes until tender.

Boil potatoes in salted water to tender, 15 minutes. Add green beans in the last 5 minutes to pot to cook along with potatoes.

Remove meat bundles to a platter. Remove toothpicks and drizzle a little gravy over top. Toss drained potatoes and beans with remaining gravy and serve alongside beef bundles.

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