A new cut of meat you need to know -- petite beef sirloin

  • Petite beef sirloin is a great cut of meat, is usually is less expensive than the larger filet mignon cuts and it cooks up quite quickly.

    Petite beef sirloin is a great cut of meat, is usually is less expensive than the larger filet mignon cuts and it cooks up quite quickly. Associated Press/Matthew Mead

  • Petite beef sirloin is a great cut of meat, is usually is less expensive than the larger filet mignon cuts and it cooks up quite quickly.

    Petite beef sirloin is a great cut of meat, is usually is less expensive than the larger filet mignon cuts and it cooks up quite quickly. Associated Press/Matthew Mead

  • Petite beef sirloin is a great cut of meat, is usually is less expensive than the larger filet mignon cuts and it cooks up quite quickly.

    Petite beef sirloin is a great cut of meat, is usually is less expensive than the larger filet mignon cuts and it cooks up quite quickly. Associated Press/Matthew Mead

 
Posted3/2/2016 6:00 AM

Petite beef sirloin is a great cut of meat to get to know. It usually is less expensive than the larger filet mignon cuts -- sometimes significantly -- and it cooks up quite quickly. That's a lot to love!

The cut comes from the top sirloin, but these smaller pieces are flavorful and juicy, yet still lean. They usually are cut into 1- to 2-pound portions. Once you get them home, they can be left whole or cut into smaller -- but still substantial -- filets. And even though this cut of beef is fairly tender to start with, a few hours in a grapefruit juice-based marinade makes it even more so.

 

Red grapefruits usually have more sweetness than the yellow varieties, and that's underscored by the honey in this recipe. A bit of ginger and garlic provide some heat, and soy sauce gives it a lightly salty kick. The result is a recipe with a great balance of flavors, and that is extremely simple to throw together.

You can leave the filets in the marinade for up to eight hours, but no longer or the citrus in the marinade will tenderize the meat too much. Serve this with some rice or couscous and a salad or maybe some sauteed broccoli rabe.

• Katie Workman has written two cookbooks focused on easy, family-friendly cooking, "Dinner Solved!" and "The Mom 100 Cookbook." She blogs at http://www.themom100.com/about-katie-workman/.

2016 The Associated Press

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