A Blast From The Past

Guess what’s cooking in Becky’s Kitchen today? It’s a recipe that I haven’t cooked in many years, and I don’t really know why because it’s so tasty! I call it “Veal Birds” which isn’t really true because it isn’t made with veal or any kind of bird.

I really thought I had invented it, but when I looked on line, I saw lots of recipes for veal birds. Then I typed in beef birds thinking there would be nothing, but there were many recipes for beef birds too.

It is quite an easy dish to make because you can take lots of short-cuts along the way. It is also rather inexpensive since you can use round steak or top sirloin. The secret to using those cheaper cuts, it that you braise it in the oven for several hours which makes the meat more tender. Besides the beef, you need a package of stuffing mix and an envelope of beef gravy mix. (Shh, don’t tell anyone that I also use packaged mashed potatoes for a side.)


  • 2 pounds of beef round steak or top sirloin
  • 1 large package of stuffing mix such as Pepperidge Farm
  • Beef Broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Kitchen string for tying up the “birds”
  1. Have the steak sliced about ½ inch thick. Cut it into strips 2 to 3 inches wide and about 4 inches long. Pound the pieces to flatten them and make the meat tender.
  2. Fix the stuffing according to the package directions.
  3. Put stuffing on each strip of meat, roll, and skewer or tie with kitchen string.
  4. In a large oven-safe pan, pour in 2 tablespoons of oil and brown the beef rolls slowly on all sides. Then add about 1 cup of beef broth to the pan, cover, and cook until tender in a 350 degrees oven for about 1 ½ hours.
  5. Serve with the pan drippings, or supplement with either a jar or package of beef gravy.
  6. Put the extra stuffing in a microwave-safe dish to heat and serve with the birds.
  7. (Mashed potatoes are really good with this dish however you make them!)

Anyone else have a “Blast from the Past” recipe to share?

– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!


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