Makes 1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml)
Beef is a good source of protein, B vitamins, and iron for babies. To keep it digestible for tiny stomachs, choose a lean cut. Top sirloin steak is a good choice in this respect. Choose organic beef if you can, or grass-fed if available: this type is higher in healthful omega-3 fats than corn-fed beef.
1 1/4-lb (125-g) small top sirloin steak, ¾ to 1 inch (2 to 2.5 cm) thick
1/4 tsp minced fresh rosemary
vegetable oil spray
fruit or vegetable puree, such as applesauce or Sweet Potato Puree
1 Sprinkle the steak lightly with salt and pepper and the minced rosemary. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes to warm to room temperature.
2 Preheat the broiler and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place the steak on the baking sheet and slip under broiler, about 4 inches (10 cm) from the heat source.
3 Broil the steak on the first side for 4 minutes, then turn and cook on the other side for 4 minutes more. Remove the steak from the broiler and cut into it to check that it is well done, especially if your steak is larger than 1/4 lb. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let stand for a minute.
4 For pureed beef, coarsely chop the steak. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree for 1 minute; the texture will be crumbly. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time as needed to thin the puree to a consistency your baby can handle. Add fruit or vegetable puree as needed to make the pureed meat smooth and palatable. Alternatively, as your baby becomes more adept at chewing, cut the beef into tiny pieces. Check the temperature before serving.
5 To store, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or spoon into ice-cube trays or other freezer containers and freeze, covered, for up to 3 months.
From Love in Spoonfuls, Parenting's recipe book of fast and easy ways to make nutritious food for your baby.