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Recipe and image courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.

Written collaboratively by South Dakota Beef Industry Council members Holly Swee and Amanda Bacon.

Tis the season for delicious cooking and while the parties are almost over, we have some ideas to help ensure you are well-equipped to bring the cheer to your New Year’s Eve party. Whether you have a date for a big bash or will ring in New Year a little more low-key with family and friends, when you arrive with a delicious beef appetizer recipe in hand, you’ll be sure to put the “happy” in “Happy New Year!”

Make beef a part of your new year!

This holiday season, beef retail prices are down nearly 10 percent from the highest prices in 2014, making it easier to add steaks, roasts and ground beef to your shopping list for entertaining. The price drop likely won’t stop here, so make sure you keep an eye on the meat case and your weekly circulars for deals as we move into 2017.

But to close out 2016, the recipe I have in mind is not only a crowd pleaser, it’s also eye-appealing and easy to prepare. Those factors are important to consider whether you’re hosting the party or attending as a guest. Easy recipes during the holiday are great because less stress means more time and enjoyment with friends and family. There are a variety of beef appetizer recipes available at the Beef – It’s What’s For Dinner website.

Beef & Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

I recommend trying this mouth-watering Beef and Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms recipe. These bite-sized mushrooms are stuffed with a savory blend of Ground Beef, blue cheese and chives. At first glance, this recipe may sound complicated, but once you try it you will see it’s really a cinch. Pair it with a bottle of your favorite robust red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon and you’ve created a party favorite – with ease!

Your contribution to the party may just be the talk of the evening! Prepare yourself for compliments and longing glances—better yet, be prepared and take a few copies of the recipe to share with your friends or simply refer them to the Beef – It’s What’s For Dinner website.

Wishing you a safe, prosperous and happy New Year!

ABOUT SDBIC: The SDBIC collects and administers the $1 beef checkoff on cattle sold in South Dakota. Checkoff dollars are utilized strictly for promotion, education or research programs. Fifty cents of every dollar is directed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board for programs on the national level. The SDBIC retains 50 cents, which is invested in additional national programs or in-state programs.

The SDBIC is comprised of three representatives from eight agricultural organizations: South Dakota Beef Breeds Council, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary, South Dakota Cattle Women, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Farmers Union, South Dakota Livestock Auction Market Association and South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

For more beef recipe ideas, contact Holly Swee, RD, LN, South Dakota Beef Industry Council at 605.224.4722 or visit

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