Have you ever wondered what to do with that left over steak after a backyard barbecue? I have. Every time we grill steaks for our weekly Sunday night barbecue we always seem to end up with left over steak. No matter how I try to grill only the steaks that we can eat there’s always some left over, either because the steaks are too big for one of us to finish or someone doesn’t show up for the barbecue. (We buy rib eye steaks from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty large, I can’t eat a whole steak, neither can my daughter-in-law)
I hate to throw it away, but re-heating steak usually nets you a tough over cooked piece of meat that ends up in the trash. So wasteful.
If I must re-heat a steak then I either warm it up in the oven or on the stove, definitely not in the microwave. But even then the steak never looks as good as it did right off the grill, it doesn’t taste great either. To avoid waste and still make the left overs edible I came up with this great way to “re-purpose” the steaks.
I chop it up into bite size pieces and saute. I end up with a great tasting dish that can be made into sandwiches, tacos, salad topping, or served with a starch for a nice dinner. This is a very simple recipe and tasty too. If I have left over mushrooms and veggies like grilled asparagus or zucchini I throw those in too. I don’t worry about left over steak anymore, I actually find myself hoping for left overs!
Left over steak – trim fat and chop into bite size chunks
1 onion chopped in bite size pieces
2 tbls. minced garlic
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tbls. olive oil
1 small fresh jalapeno seeds removed and finely minced (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
Left over veggies (mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, etc.)
Heat olive oil in a frying pan.
Sautee onions until they start to turn become tender.
Add garlic and sautee until garlic starts to brown.
Add spices and cook until steak is heated. Keep stirring to keep the steak from burning.
Add any left over veggies or mushrooms if you have any and jalapeno.
Stir fry until veggies are heated.
Serve with your choice of starch; use as a sandwich or taco filling or a salad topping.