Signature SELECT Kobe Beef
The next time you visit your local Safeway, you’ll notice Signature SELECT American-Style Kobe Beef available with the cuts of beef in the meat department. The new American Style Kobe beef, which comes from a Colorado ranch, is 50% Angus and 50% Wagyu Cattle that are grain fed. Perfect for the beef lover in your household, this new Kobe beef makes excellent burgers and is known for it’s gorgeous marbling throughout, which lends to a super flavorful and juicy burger.
What Makes Kobe Beef Special?
Kobe Beef is is a variety of Japanese beef from the Tajima strain of Japanese Black cattle, raised in Japan’s Hyōgo Prefecture according to rules set out by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association. The meat is a delicacy, valued for its flavor, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture. Wagyu marbling is also better tasting. Wagyu fat melts at a lower temperature than any other cattle’s, resulting in a rich, buttery flavor unseen in other strains of beef.
I was thrilled to find Kobe Beef at Safeway because several years ago my husband and I were visiting Miami for New Years Eve and we happened to stop for drinks at the Delano, which is a super hip and posh hotel with a night club and several restaurants. My husband wanted a burger and all they had on the menu was Kobe Beef Sliders for $34. That’s an outrageous price for sliders even for Miami standards and I thought there’s no way he’s ordering the burger. Little did I know that he knew something must be pretty special about this Kobe Beef and I was floored that my uber-frugal husband paid so much for it, but he savored every last bite.
French Onion Kobe Beef Sliders
I picked up some American Style Kobe Beef from Safeway and made French Onion Kobe Beef Sliders with roasted skinny French fries for my family and they devoured every bite and said they were the best burgers they’ve ever had. There’s obviously something to be said for the Wagyu beef from Japan.
For the sliders, saute thinly sliced onions in butter over low to medium heat for about 25 to 30 minutes until soft and caramelized. While the onions are cooking, prepare the beef patties by forming 4 patties and seasoning with salt, pepper and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Cook the burgers in a skillet over medium high heat until they are cooked to about 160 degrees internal temperature. top with the caramelized onions, some grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese and enjoy. I served with homemade roasted French fries that I thinly sliced, tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano and roasted for 30 minutes while the onions were caramelizing. The fries were the perfect addition to the French onion burgers!
French Onion Kobe Beef Sliders
Juicy Kobe Beef burgers topped with caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese, these French Onion Beef Sliders made with Kobe Beef are a family favorite!
- 1 pound Signature SELECT ground Kobe beef
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tablesoon unsalted butter
- 2 medium onions, sliced into 1/8-inch thick slices
- 1 tablespoon dry sherry
- 3 ounces Gruyere or Swiss cheese, grated
- 4 sandwich rolls lightly toasted
- salt and pepper to taste
For the onions: In a large non-stick skillet, heat butter over medium heat, add the onions, a pinch of salt and pepper and stir well. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes until onions are soft and caramelized. Add the dry sherry at the end and simmer until liquid evaporates.
For the burgers: Add Worcestershire sauce and ground beef to a large bowl. Gently form the beef into 4 equal patties. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
Remove the onions from the skillet and heat the skillet to medium high heat. Add the burger patties and cook, flipping until browned on both sides to 160 degrees internal temperature.
Reduce the heat to low and divide the onions evenly over the burgers. Top with the grated cheese and cover the skillet to cook 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese is melted. Transfer to the toasted buns or rolls and enjoy.
I believe the meat is about 85% lean – it doesn’t say on the packaging, but I did get a fair amount of shrinkage in the burgers when I made them. The next time burgers are on the menu at your house, be sure to pick up the new Signature SELECT American-Style Kobe Beef from Safeway. One pound retails for $7.99, and it’s on sale right now for $6.99 through December 2nd. You can also use the Kobe Beef for meatballs, meatloaf, or tacos, but you’ll need to drain the fat as it has a slightly higher fat content.
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