A lot of people have been cutting back on steak recently because of the cost associated with buying such cuts of meat. However, there are a few cuts of meat that still remain more affordable than a lot of others.Typically, they come from flank steak or top round cuts and they’re often used to make a recipe referred to as a London broil.
What Is a London Broil?
Unless you cook often, you might be wondering exactly what a London broil is. It doesn’t necessarily refer to the cut of meat in question, but instead how you prepare the meat. Typically, the meat is marinated overnight and then cooked over relatively high heat. Technically, it can be either broiled or fried. When it’s done properly, the steak ends up being very tender and full of flavor, despite the fact that it usually comes from cuts of meat that have a tendency to be rather tough. As a matter of fact, it’s usually good enough that you’ll want to do something with the leftovers so that it’s not just sitting in the refrigerator until it ends up being thrown out. The question is, what can you do with it?
Fortunately, there are plenty of recipes that you can use leftover London b roil in. Below are just 10 of them. Chances are, you’ll find more than a few of them that become new favorites.
10. Teriyaki Skewers
For some reason, a lot of people have a tendency to dismiss this particular recipe almost straight away. This is something you’re definitely going to want to try, so at least give it a chance because you’ll be glad you did. It’s also one of the easiest recipes for leftover London broil because it doesn’t require a lot of extra ingredients, nor does it require tons of work.
All you have to do is get some bell peppers and onions, along with some ginger based teriyaki sauce. All of these items are easily found in almost all supermarkets, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting the ingredients. Next, marinate the meat in the teriyaki sauce. It’s really best to do this overnight but if you’re in a pinch, you can marinate it for about 15 minutes and it will still come out tasting absolutely fantastic.
After you’ve allowed the meat to marinate, place it on skewers with the bell peppers and onions and put the lot of it on the grill. In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a completely new meal that is absolutely delicious. It goes great with a simple salad or even a baked potato. If you really want to go all out with the Teriyaki dish, consider having it with a side of rice.
9. Shredded London Broil Sandwiches
It’s unfortunate that sandwiches tend to get something of a bad reputation. They’re often considered to be a last ditch effort when there’s nothing else in the refrigerator or there’s absolutely no time to make anything. The truth is, sandwiches can be a true culinary experience, if done properly.
In this particular case, take some meat that’s left over and shred it with a fork. You’ll want to buy some bread that’s truly special. In most cases, a French baguette will work best. Caramelized onions and put them on toasted sandwich bread with the shredded meat, complete with spicy mustard. It is truly something that you’ll never forget and it will leave you wanting to come back for more and more.
If you’re really in the mood to try something different, consider skipping the mustard and creating a French dipping sauce or something similar. The truly beautiful thing about this recipe is that it can be tailored in some ways to fit your individual taste. It’s also incredibly easy and it works well if you’re having company over and you need to make sure there’s plenty of food for everyone, yet you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen.
8. Beef Pot Pie
This one is truly hard to beat. It takes a bit of time to get this meal completed from start to finish, largely because it has to bake for at least an hour. However, it’s definitely worth it. Take your leftover London broil and add vegetables such as carrots, onions and even peas. If you’re so inclined, throw in just a few potatoes that are thinly sliced.
You can either make a pie crust from scratch or buy one, whichever you’re most comfortable with doing. Put all of the ingredients into a pie shell, complete with a gravy that’s going to be used to bind everything together (and make it all taste delicious). After that, place a pie crust on top and bake it in the oven at about 400° for anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes.
What if you’re worried about making the gravy? You don’t need to be. You can definitely make your own gravy from scratch if you have a recipe that you like but you can also buy packaged brown gravy mix and use it to marry all the flavors together in a single pot before you put them in the pie shell. Don’t worry, no one will be able to tell that you’re using anything that was not actually made from scratch.
7. Garlic Butter Steak and Baked Potato
This particular recipe is exceptionally easy. It involves taking a leftover steak and cutting it into small pieces, typically into cubes. Next, take some specially seasoned garlic butter and cook the steak for just a few minutes in a pan with the melted butter. It won’t take long for it to pick up the flavor. You can serve this together with a big potato or with any other side that you truly love.
If you really want to kick things up a notch or two, consider keeping some leftover garlic butter sauce and then pouring it over the finished steak while it’s still sizzling hot and serving the dish right away. It really will take the meal to the next level and it’ll probably make you decide to start serving this dish a lot more often because it’s a flavor that you’ll never forget.
6. London Broil Salad
This is another great way to use the leftover cuts of meat. All you have to do is create your favorite salad and then use thinly sliced cuts of steak to enhance the flavor of the salad. You can literally create anything you want. What if you really love a southwest style salad that’s got a bit of a kick to it? In that case, you’ll need the basics like lettuce, onions and tomatoes but you can also include specialty items that truly make it yours. Think about adding some sauteed peppers or even some crispy tortilla strips.
Of course, you’ll want to include your favorite spicy dressing. You can make your own at home or if you have a favorite that you can purchase from the store, why not make things easy on yourself and take that route? This particular salad goes very well with avocado lime dressing or chipotle dressing. If you really want it to be extra bold, don’t be afraid to try something new like chili lime dressing. Remember, it’s your salad and you can include anything that your heart desires in order to make it something that you truly enjoy.
Speaking of southwest dishes, you really haven’t lived until you’ve tried leftover London broil in tacos. Granted, it doesn’t sound like it would be the best thing in the world but that’s the beauty of it. It really tastes like nothing else you’ve ever had. If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to buy some street tacos that were made with pork, you can start to get an idea of what this dish is going to taste like.
Aside from being delicious, it’s also one of the easiest dishes to make on this list. Better still, you don’t need a ton of extra ingredients. In fact, you might have everything you need in your cupboard. Of course, you’ll want to marinate the leftover steak in something that will give it a bit of a Southwest flavor, such as a chili lime marinade. Again, it’s best to do this overnight but if you only have 15 or 20 minutes before you start making the rest of the meal, that’s fine.
After you prepare the meat, add it to some warmed flour tortillas along with fresh lettuce, onions and tomatoes. If you’re so inclined, throw in a few freshly diced jalapeno peppers and some cilantro. Drizzle it with your favorite southwest inspired sauce and you’re good to go. This is not only an easy dish to make but also one of the most popular party foods you’ll ever enjoy. The next time you’re looking for an easy recipe that makes good use of leftovers and actually tastes better than the original dish, this is definitely one that you should try.
4. Steak and Rice with Broccoli
This is another easy dish that makes good use of leftovers. Just as the name of the recipe implies, all it needs is the leftover steak alongside some freshly cooked rice and some broccoli. Simply make the rice according to the directions and then steam the broccoli separately. Once these two items are ready, you’ll marry them with the freshly heated steak and combine them together with your favorite teriyaki sauce or something similar.
If you want, you can kick things up a notch here as well by including sesame seeds or even sunflower seeds to give it a little extra crunch. What if you’re not a particularly big fan of teriyaki sauce? That’s okay. You can use soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce or anything else that really speaks to your taste buds. Again, don’t be afraid to tweak the recipe and make it your own.
3. Cowboy Steak Salad
This is probably one of the easiest salads you’ll ever make. It’s also perfect if you have both leftover steak and some leftover potatoes in your refrigerator. What if you don’t have leftover potatoes? Don’t worry, you can take some new potatoes, cut them into small slices and boil them. In no time, you’ll have the ingredients you need to make this delicious dish.
Next, take the steak and warm it up. Just to give the dish a little bit of extra texture, either pan-sear the boiled potatoes or even try putting them in the oven and get them a bit on the crispy side before mixing them. Next, marry the two items together with your favorite mayonnaise based salad dressing. Don’t be afraid to include some fresh vegetables here such as lettuce, onions and tomatoes. It really is something that will take the leftovers to the next level and it only takes a few minutes to make.
2. Beef Crostini
This is a delicious recipe that can be prepared a number of different ways. You can use wonton shells or toasted rye bread, whichever tickles your fancy. From there, take the leftover steak and combine it with caramelized onions. Place the mixture on the wonton shell or on top of the toasted rye bread, whichever you prefer.
This is where things really get interesting. From here, drizzle a generous amount of horseradish aioli dressing over the meat and caramelized onions. If you don’t know how to make this, don’t worry. You can find it in most supermarkets. Just in case you find yourself between a rock and a hard place with the dressing, take basic aioli dressing and add some horseradish to taste.
The thing that really sets this recipe apart is the fresh basil that’s placed on top. It’s critical that you use fresh ingredients here because it makes all the difference in the world in the final taste. This is something that’s incredibly easy to make and tastes so good that you’ll probably end up craving it several times a week.
Last but not least, you have one of the best types of recipes in the world for giving leftovers a new flavor, nachos. Make your nachos the way that you want to make them. Include your favorite cheeses, refried beans and all the fresh vegetables in the world. If that’s not really your style, go with cheese and leftover meat (and nothing else).
The beauty of this recipe is that you can include the things you love the most. If you want to drizzle the finished product with a little chili lime sauce or some chipotle dressing, knock yourself out. Maybe you prefer fresh salsa. Whatever you want to do with it, go for it. Just know this. The addition of the leftover steak creates a completely different flavor from anything you’re used to, but it’s one that you will end up absolutely loving.
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