Mary Hawkes of Prescott, AZ, claimed the checkoff-funded 28th National Beef Cook-Off's $25,000 “Best of Beef” grand prize. Her Sonoma Steaks with Vegetables Bocconcini bested recipes from 14 other finalists to take the biggest share of a total of $70,000 in prize money.

This year's Cook-Off “Sonoma Style” theme focused on fresh, flavorful ingredients paired with nutrient-rich beef cuts. Hawkes' winning recipe featured grilled beef top loin steaks, zucchini, yellow bell pepper and red grape tomatoes tossed with herb-marinated fresh mozzarella balls. In addition, the dish is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium and zinc, and a good source of iron.

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