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Looking for a good recipe for a party crowd? Boneless beef round steak is just the thing. It's easy to prepare, low in fat and practically cooks itself. Each serving has just 7 grams of fat.

Slice the beef thin for sandwiches and serve in rolls or tortillas with toppings. Let guests put together their own sandwich.Good accompaniments include coleslaw, potato salad, mixed green salad, chips and salsa, fresh fruits, chocolate cake and apple pie.

The beef in this recipe is cooked in foil, so cleaning up is a snap, too. In fact, this dish is so easy, you won't want to save it just for a party. It makes good family fare, too.

Total preparation and cooking time for the recipe at right: 21/4 hours.

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RECIPE

SERVE-A-CROWD BEEF STEAK

3-pound boneless beef round steak, cut 1-inch thick

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

2 medium onions, sliced, separated into rings

12-ounce bottle chili sauce

10 crusty rolls, split, or 20 medium flour tortillas, warmed

Toppings: thinly sliced lettuce, julienne-cut jicama, chopped onion, chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Place a 28- by 18-inch piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil in shallow roasting pan; place beef steak in center of foil.

In small bowl, combine chili powder, brown sugar, garlic and hot pepper sauce, mixing until well blended. Spread on both sides of steak; top with onions and chili sauce. Bring two opposite ends of foil up over steak; seal with double fold. Seal ends of foil to close. Bake in a 325-degree F oven 11/2 hours to 2 hours, or until beef is tender.

Remove onions and juices to medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 3 minutes or until slightly reduced.

Meanwhile, trim fat from steak. Carve steak crosswise into thin slices; arrange on serving platter. Top with onion mixture. Serve beef with rolls or tortillas with choice of toppings, if desired. Makes 10 servings.

- Recipe from: Meat Board Test Kitchens