What To Do With Leftover Steak

That’s, of course, assuming you have any. But portions in the grocery store and in restaurants have gotten so big that it’s hard for me (and lots of other people, if spying on other tables’ plates is any clue) to finish the whole thing in a sitting. So here are some of my favorite ways to use up leftover steak after busting it out of that styrofoam doggie bag:

1. Put It On A Salad. After all, you did just gorge on steak. Might as well…continue gorging on steak…with some greens thrown in for good measure. This is a great way to use up pretty much any cut of steak, along with any fresh veggies you’ve got. I like steak salads with the steak warmed up slightly in the skillet, but cold is fine, too.

smitten kitchen skirt steakSkirt Steak Salad with Blue Cheese from Smitten Kitchen

2. BREAKFAST, OBVIOUSLY. Remember the movie Twister?  Undeniably the best part of that movie is when Aunt Meg makes the whole team (including the awkward new fiancée) steak and eggs. Behold:

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Just re-heat your leftover steak in a cast iron skillet, fry up some eggs, and make some toast. Done and done. Alternatively, whip up some steak and egg hash by pan-frying some diced potatoes, adding your (cubed) steak until it’s heated through, then break some eggs on top.

3. Stuff it into a tortilla. Cut the steak into strips, sauté it with some onions and peppers (with whatever spices you want). When it’s done, you’ve got makin’s for fajitas, a burrito, a steak quesadilla- just add warm tortillas, cheese, and any other additions you like.

steak tortillasSteak Tortillas from Taste of Home

4. Stroganoff. Man, nothing says “it’s below zero right now and all I want is to eat something fattening and then hibernate” like a good stroganoff. Whip up a quick mushroom/white wine/chicken broth/sour cream sauce, mix in your cubed steak, and serve over egg noodles.

beef stroganoffMushroom Stroganoff from Williams-Sonoma

5. Stuff It In A Pie Thing. Savory pies, you are the kings of food-stuffs. The easiest way to do this is sauté some carrots, celery, and onion (or parsnips or whatever vegetables you have) until soft, add some beef broth and your chopped up leftover steak, some spices (thyme, rosemary, etc.) and a bit of flour to thicken it up. Pour the (now) stew concoction into a casserole dish and top the whole thing with a puff pastry from the grocery store. Bake as directed on the puff pastry package.

beef parsnip pie

Beef, Mushroom, and Parsnip Pie from Pink Patisserie


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  • Insatiable Booksluts

    errgghhh I love beef stroganoff and now I want it, but we don’t have any ingredients and also my car is in the shop and also it is snowing. Sadface.