Steak is such an awesome food that sometimes cooks prepare more than can be eaten during one meal. Having cooked steak in the fridge can be a very good thing, however, since there truly are many options available for preparing leftover steak. What to do with leftover steak, of course, depends on how much surplus is available. If there is a lot left over, simply use the amount you need in accordance with the number of dishes you are preparing.
Pair leftover steak with eggs for breakfast
Warming leftover steak for breakfast is easy and the fact that the meat is done already means cooks can prepare a quick and hearty meal without a lot of work. One thing to do with leftover steak for breakfast is to dice it, sauté it with onions, and then scramble an egg or two in with it. A couple slices of toast or premade breakfast rolls makes for a delicious well balanced meal. Just add a hot drink and orange juice.
Another breakfast use is to dice leftover steak and then add it to an omelet or two. Making omelets is easy if you know how to scramble an egg. All you have to do is pour the scrambled egg from the bowl into a lightly greased pan and then let it cook over medium low heat for about two to three minutes. While it is cooking, dice up the amount of steak you want to add and sauté it in a second pan along with a few bits of onion. After the steak and onion mixture is ready spread it over one side of the omelet, add cheese (shredded or not), and a bit of salsa and then use a spatula to fold the the omelet in half. Allow the omelet to continue cooking for about another minute and then flip it over so that it can cook a little more on the other side. Once done, remove the omelet from the pan, top with a bit more salsa for added flavor and appeal, and grab that slice of toast that just popped from the toaster.
Make a sandwich for lunch
Make a cold steak sandwich or warm the steak for a few seconds in the microwave. If preferred, however, reheat the steak in a pan over the stove, perhaps with a few onions and or bell peppers. Once warmed, place the steak and fixings on a slice of bread or in a bun and top with a slice of cheese and tomatoes. Adding a bit of mayonnaise or another favorite spread to the bread would be pleasing to the taste buds as well.
Make fajitas for dinner
By cutting leftover steak into strips and then re-warming it in a pan with sautéed onions and bell peppers, you could make a quick batch of fajitas. It is not necessary to eat fajita mixings folded inside tortillas, however, so if you do not have any tortillas – no worries! Simply toast a couple slices of bread until they are golden brown and then lay the fajita mixings over the two slices of toast. Top with salsa, cheese, sour cream, and then enjoy this dish with a knife and fork.
Another way to enjoy fajitas is over rice or noodles (any pasta). Switching things up now and again makes for more variety and helps to keep mealtime exciting. If you have leftover rice or pasta in the fridge, simply place a desired amount of either in a bowl and heat it in the microwave. The best way to get the rice or pasta to come out as if it were just cooked is to place it in a ceramic bowl, add a tablespoon of water, cover it with a microwaveable lid, and then microwave it for one minute. Once the rice or pasta is heated, lay the hot fajita mix on top and chow down.
Make a quick soup
Preparing a quick soup for lunch or as a course preceding a dinner entrée is another great way to make use of leftover steak. Simply cut the steak into cubes or chunks, add it to a pot of water along with a few cuts of carrots, celery, potatoes, and onions, and then bring the mix to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to medium heat and allow to brew for fifteen to twenty minutes. Season the mix to taste with a few sprinklings of salt, pepper, parsley, marjoram, and a bit of garlic powder.
Finding ways to prepare foods that wind up in the fridge following mealtime might seem a bit tricky at first. However, a little imagination goes a long way, even when the thing you are trying to figure out what to do with happens to be leftover steak.