It all started with Twitter. My husband started following the Steak-umms account, and from there, it spiraled quickly. Before I knew it, we had boxes upon boxes in our freezer. We are certainly fans of cheesesteaks, but there are only so many we can eat.
I was never one to waste food; I was determined to find creative ways to use the pounds and pounds of steak-umms. I’ve found that they are a versatile ingredient that leads to some quick dinners.
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What Are Steak-Umms?
Steak Umms are thin sheets of beef. Costco sells a version that they market as beef sheets. Quite the name, right? But that is precisely what they are.
Is Steak-Umm Real Steak?
Steak-umms are meat. Their ingredients are 100% real beef. They are NOT necessarily steak, which is a specific cut of beef.
It’s also worth noting that beef is the only ingredient in steak-umms. There aren’t any preservatives or fillers added.
Who Invented Steak-Umms?
Gene Gagliardi created the product in the 1970s as an easily chewable alternative to steak. During that time, it was marketed to families as a meal that was simple to prepare, specifically for latchkey kids.
How Do You Cook Steak-Umms?
Before we can make these Steak-umm recipes, we need to know how to cook them. Here are the best ways to cook these sheets of beef.
How To Cook Steak-Umms On The Stove
Here’s the best way to cook steak umms is in a frying pan or, if you have a more considerable amount, on the griddle.
- Take it out of the freezer before cooking to slightly defrost.
- Preheat the griddle to 350 degrees or a frying pan to medium-high.
- Add the steak-umms and chop with a spatula as you cook.
- Cook until the meat is brown and the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
How To Cook Steak-Umms In The Air Fryer
The air fryer is a great option to cook steak umms since they are high in fat, they don’t need any other added, and since it’s so thin, it will cook quickly. Please note that cooking times may vary; in our experience, smaller air fryers often cook quicker.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees for five minutes.
- Lay one or two sheets flat on the tray. Do not overload.
- Cook for 2 minutes or until the meat is brown.
- If it’s not done, push the meat together to make a mound. This prevents the steak umms from drying out.
How To Add Flavor To Steak-Umms
You can do it in several ways if you want to add flavor to the meat. Spice blends are a great way; sprinkle some on while cooking. Italian seasoning, taco seasoning, and Montreal steak are great options. If you watch your sodium levels, take note before using, as some spice mixes are high in salt. It’s best to make your own if that’s the case.
A sauce is also a great way to add flavor. Here are some options, although the sky is the limit.
- Fancy mayonnaise or aiolis
- Chipotle Sauce
- Ketchup (Kids love this)
- Hot Sauce
- Chik Fil-A Sauce
- BBQ Sauce
- Taco Sauce
How To Make Your Own Steak-umms? Here’s A DIY Steak-Umm Recipe
If you prefer to make your steak-umms from scratch, here’s how. Ribeye is the best meat as the marbling adds excellent flavor and texture. To get thin slices, place the meat in the freezer to firm up. If you have a deli slicer, it’s ideal for slicing. If not, a sharp mandoline will work well, too; be careful. Both of these devices will help to get razor-thin slices. Cook just as you would steak-umms.
What Else Can I Use Steakums For? Here Are 12 Steak-Umm Recipes
Healthy Steak-Umms Recipes
Salad Topping – One of the secrets to creating a hearty salad is the elements you put in it. Adding protein to a salad’s top helps keep you full longer.
Sweet Potato Topping – Be sure to heavily season the meat to help it hold up to the taste of sweet potatoes. Top with Chipolte sauce or horseradish aioli. If you are short on time, bake the sweet potatoes in the crockpot. Rinse the sweet potatoes and then place them into the crockpot, still wet. Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 3.
Mixed with rice and sauteed peppers – Sprinkle on Italian seasoning and serve with rice and sauteed peppers. Again, the griddle works wonders here. Trader Joe’s has frozen rice ready in three minutes if you are in a pinch for time.
Greek-style – Make it greek! For a filling dinner, top a pita or naan bread with cooked meat, tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, and red onions.
Steak-Umms Breakfast Recipes
Steak and Eggs – Steak umms shouldn’t be relegated to lunch and dinner. Add it to your breakfast routine, too. Make a breakfast burrito with steak and eggs, or serve it alongside toast.
Burritos – Mix with scrambled eggs, beans, and cheese, and you have a hearty meal. Be sure to add some sauce or season the meat with taco seasoning.
Steak-Umms and Potatoes – This is one of the easiest of our steak-umm recipes. Make a version of hash with steak-umms and chopped potatoes for breakfast. Chopped potatoes are available in the freezer section of most grocery stores and are a great timesaver. Top with poached eggs for a hearty breakfast.
Easy Steak-Umms Recipes
Cheesesteaks – No list for what to use steak-umm recipes would be complete without cheesesteaks. Cook and chop the meat, place it on a bun and top with peppers, onions, and Whiz.
Burritos – Mix with rice, beans, cheese, and you have a hearty meal. Be sure to add some sauce or season the meat with taco seasoning.
Tacos – Add some taco seasoning and water to the steak-umms. They are an excellent replacement for ground beef and cook in minutes.
Pizza Topping – Are you looking for a hearty pizza topping? Try steak-umms meat! Add some sauteed green bell peppers and mozzarella or sliced jalapenos for added flavor.
Calzone – Place cooked beef inside pizza dough with marinara sauce and mozzarella.
BBQ Buns – Mix steak-umms with sauteed cabbage and bbq sauce and wrap in the dough. Bake in the oven for a hearty dinner.
Nachos – Nachos on the table in minutes? It’s possible with steak-umms. Preheat the broiler while you cook the meat. Top the chips with beef, cheese, and whatever else makes your heart happy.
What Do You Think?
What are your favorite Steak-umm recipes? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to hear!
Do you have food lurking in the back of your freezer? Check out these unique ways to use Costco Meatballs and Tortellini.
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