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How To Cook Top Round?


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How To Cook Top Round?

brista | | Jun 21, 2013 07:17 AM

Hi! I am pretty new to cooking beef but I am so tired of chicken! I was at the store the other day and saw (what I thought were) steaks on sale. There are just so many cuts of beef and I really don't know what any of them are, so I read the label and it said something about top and I figured...top means good, right? (Don't laugh -- okay, you can totally laugh, but I was vegetarian for a long time so I'm missing meat knowledge!) It looked like steak, so I figured it must be steak.

After buying it and getting home, I found out it is not steak. It is 'top round,' whatever that is, which does not mean 'good steak' and I don't know what to do with it. What I had planned to do (cook it on the stove), the Internet suggests will make it dry and chewy. I've Googled and seen suggestions to braise, roast in the oven, or make jerky. I don't know what braising is, I don't have an oven, and actually I don't like jerky (or have a dehydrator). I have a slow cooker and a frying pan, though!

Can anyone suggest something I can do with this hunk of meat? It's not a big huge hunk of meat like a pot roast, it's more steak-like. Help!