Uses for leftover prime rib?

annie1992December 27, 2010

OK, I cooked too much beef, I know. We had a prime rib at Elery's, and we also had stromboli and ravioli, salad, bread, vegetables, dessert, way too much food. The end result was quite a lot of leftover prime rib.

I have about a dozen "steaks", cut about 1/2 inch thick and already cooked to medium/medium well. I've thought of making chili like doucanoe, or stirfry some with broccoli, or make a pot pie.

Any other ideas on how to use up leftover prime rib? It's already too well done for my tastes, so I'm gonna have to put it IN something, I guess.

Of course, if all else fails, Cooper is loving it, but it seems a shame to give him the whole thing...


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Ann T's Minestrone looks really good. I would imagine some of the leftover rib would be quite good in soup.


    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 9:03PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I'd freeze them and serve with gravy for someone who likes well done meat. Or, eat them yourself and think of it as pot roast. I would not chop them up into chili or stew, too sacred.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 9:13PM
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Annie, you know that I don't like leftovers. Especially recooked into something else. So the last thing I would do with left over prime rib is to turn it into chili or soup.
Too bad the PR wasn't cooked to rare the way that you normally cook your beef. Then i would have suggested giving each slice a quick grill over high heat. Just enough to warm through without over cooking past medium rare.
It is too bad the slices were all precut. I would have got out my big slicer and shaved the rare beef and made beef dip sandwiches.


    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 9:20PM
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At the restaurant, we used to use up leftover prime rib in sandwiches...A steak, grilled on a hot grill just to put char marks on it and heat it through, topped with melted Swiss cheese, grilled onions & mushrooms, and served open faced on a good, chewy bread. Or, thinly slice the meat and make French Dip sandwiches. You could freeze the beef for later use in both of these preparations.

Roast beef hash...yum....also can be made quite well using frozen, precooked beef. Next time you have guests for brunch, that'll wow them.

Beef & Gravy on toast or noodles. Quick-made Burgundy beef, using gravy laced with red wine, sauteed mushrooms and cubes of prime rib.

Beef pot pies...individually, they freeze quite well for use some evening when you just don't really want to cook.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 9:27PM
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Ann, my first thought was that I really screwed up when I sliced that whole piece of meat. Sigh.

I would have done it much more rare, but Elery's daughter informed the room at large that she would gag if she had to see blood running on anyone's plate, so Elery told me to leave it in a bit longer. That's probably why we have leftovers, it was too well done for some of us, and not well done enough for others, even the very center was only medium rare.

If the slices were rare I could have reheated them carefully in hot broth and been OK with it, but instead I have a couple of pounds of already overcooked beef.

Do you think I could turn it into a passable strogonoff and send it out to David and Amanda? Dave likes beef really well done...

Then again, maybe I could just send the steaks out there and let Amanda give them a quick sear in a hot pan, I wonder how tough they would get?


    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 9:31PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

So what would you do with it Ann? Would you throw it out?
I'm just curious- this is not a criticism!
I cover everything with plastic wrap, wait two weeks, then throw it out!
Sometimes I freeze it first, then throw it out when I defrost.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 9:45PM
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You could maybe do a stir fry beef & broccoli and add the strips of cooked beef just at the end to warm them.

Beef stew would be good....again, adding the already cooked beef at the end.

Tim likes to slice the cooked beef very thin, fry a bit in butter and make a steak sandwich. (But he can get away with that because he has the metabolism of a hummingbird.)

Bumblebeez, why would you bother covering or freezing, and saving food that you are going to throw out? Maybe I misunderstood ....

Even on sale the PR was expensive and I plan to use as much of the leftovers as possible. I think Vegetable Beef Soup would be another good option.


    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 10:11PM
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Bumblebeez, Since I don't have an Amanda to give it to, I would either give it to my neighbour who prefers his beef more well done than we do, and takes leftovers to work for his lunch, or I would toss it.

If I froze it, it would still be there until the next time I cleaned out my freezer. I never freeze cooked meats. I just do not care for leftovers with a few exceptions.


    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 10:23PM
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I'm not sure how I can slice the steak very thinly, since it's already sliced, unless I cut it into strips, but I'll bet David would like a steak sandwich, maybe with some onions and mushrooms and a ton of cheese, that's a good idea. So is hash, thanks Rachelellen, I might even get Elery to eat that with eggs for breakfast.

I don't mind leftovers at all, but I really like beef rare, I'm not a fan of well done beef and I don't put wine in anything, I just cannot stand the taste of the stuff no matter how I try.

Cost aside, I cannot in good conscience toss it out. I know the animal it came from was raised to be dinner, but it's just too wasteful to not use it and I was raised that nothing is killed unless you intend to eat it, so SOMEONE is going to eat that beef, LOL.

As I said, if nothing else, Cooper will be very, very happy. He's not at all shy about eating leftover prime rib!


    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 10:41PM
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We love making philly cheese steaks from leftover prime rib. onions, peppers, oozy melted cheese and some steak seasoning...mmmm.. Sooo good, especially on home made sub rolls.. I freeze each steak individually, and just take out one every now and then to use for the PCSS....


    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 11:29PM
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I have a serious amount of prime rib left over...It has been gently warmed for a couple of lunches, sliced cold and dipped in horsey sauce for snackies...on an occasion when no "dinner was planned" and there is enough for my lunch tomorrow with....perhaps an impromptu sauce of some sort.
No way in hell would I toss it out even if over cooked. It might be ground up for a sandwich spread or for a roast beef hash, or just warmed in an aujus....but I sure wouldn't toss it!!

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 12:20AM
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Annie, I like steaks and this sort of meat very rare too. My first thought was steak sandwiches but I like your stroganoff idea too. For the stroganoff I'd cut the outsides off all the slices and make a nice beef broth from them for the base. Then I'd do like I'd do for the steak sandwiches too and slice them quite thin as much against the grain on the slices as I could and at an angle like you'd do flank steak, to get a wider slice. With either dish you'd put the meat in at the last minute, like everyone else said, just to heat. For David, you could put it in a minute more. Smiles. For the steak sandwiches, toss them in the pan after the onions and peppers are ready. Ground as a spread is good too. A bit of mayo hides a lot of sins and since you like that jezebel stuff [ don't like horseradish at], you might like a bit of horseradish in the spread. I've ground up overdone meats in the food processor and made them into pretty tasty spreads. Not rare meat, but, pretty good. Good luck. I agree Cooper is a wonderful, gorgeous dog

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 12:49AM
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Annie, if you feel that you don't want to use so much of it right away Shepherds pie freezes pretty well. I wish I had your dilemma :)

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 1:14AM
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More ideas.

Cut into thin narrow strips, marinate, and use in a stirfry. The thin pieces won't be so chewy.

Cut and marinate similarly, and dry into jerky.

Pulverize in food processor and make a nice beef stock.

Chop and incorporate into Philly steak sandwiches.

Use in a tomato meat sauce.

In general, applications where the meat is chopped, diced, or minced should be okay even for somewhat overdone meat.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 2:33AM
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It can be chopped/ground into bbq beef? I've sliced up leftover roast and used it that way... looks disturbingly like Alpo.

Dolly advises dog food is the best option... just in case you need to second Cooper's opinion.

: )

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 3:17AM
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Annie, I know what you mean about overcooked beef. Blech. I had noting but bones left from mine, so those became the deviled bones. Nice but not sure I would do them again.

What about a pot of RiverRats chili with beans of course?

Lyra, Alpo. Thanks for the early nmorning laugh.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 7:46AM
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Annie - I have cut leftover prime rib into chunks and put them in vegetable soup, making it vegetable "beef" soup and used beef broth as the base. Include some tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes along with whatever your other favorites are for that kind of soup. It's always tasty and has never offended anyone who ate it. Freezes well too.


    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 8:01AM
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Peppi, like you I'm grinning, thinking Alpo and I haven't even had breakfast, thanks, Michael/Lyra. I think Cooper and Dolly would get along great, they think alike: Yeah, prime rib for the dog, I'm a good dog, see how cute, give it to me! Maybe they'd invite Dylan for lunch too.

Seagrass, a wintger vegetable type of soup might be just the ticket for this weekend, Mother is coming over on Friday so I can send her pictures in to be developed, I really shouldn't have gotten her a digital camera. She could take home leftovers. Yeah, I like that idea a LOT.

coconut, I think that steak sandwich idea is a very good one, and both the kids like steak too, so with just cheese for them, mushrooms and onions for Amanda and Dave, that would sure get rid of some of it. I've never ground up cooked beef, now there's an "Alpo" thought, LOLOLOL.

Some chili, some shepherd's pie (which Ashley just loves), steak sandwiches, john's stir-fry and Mother's Soup, that might make some room in my freezer, thanks!

It never dawned on me to marinate cooked steak, though, I'm assuming it's strictly for flavor and doesn't affect the texture much after the meat is cooked?


    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 9:08AM
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I'd cut the leftover slices into 1/4" cubes and make half into a roast beef hash with potatoes and onions and mix the other half with sauteed onions and peppers and barbeque sauce for sandwiches.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 9:33AM
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Feel your pain Annie. We have family who can't stand to see even med. rare meat on our plates. They are also very vocal about it! We just don't even make med rare meat when these members are at our house, just dont even want to deal with it! When they are talking this way I even get to the point of not liking the meat as rare.

We sliced our left over prime rib very thin and served on crossiants.
Putting the left over meat into another cooked dish sounds ok, but I would at the meat at the very end of the cooking process.
Copper is such a good dog, he really does deserve the best this holiday season!

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 9:46AM
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There is no way I would throw it away. Prime rib makes wonderful vegetable beef soup.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 10:46AM
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I just had this for lunch, and didn't find it suffered from being made with the med+ end pieces from my prime rib. Highly recommended.

Steak and Braised Onions under a Parmesan Crust
The Palm Restaurant Cookbook

1T butter
1T olive oil
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
3 canned peeled plum tomatoes, seeded and coursely chopped
2t flour
1 cup beef broth
8 oz cooked beef, diced 1/2"
Pinch ground nutmeg
1T minced parsley
1 clove minced garlic
3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
2T grated Parm Regg
1T melted butter

Saute onions in oil and butter over med-lo heat until very soft. Add tomatoes, cook one minute, add flour and stir for two minutes. Stir in stock, increase heat to med-hi. When it begins to simmer, add beef, S&P, nutmeg, parsley and garlic. Cook until thickened, about five minutes.

Transfer to gratin dish and smooth top. Mix butter, cheese and bread crumbs then top the meat mixture. Broil to brown.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 1:25PM
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Trudy, it's just kind of annoying to me, I don't wrinkle up my nose and tell others how they are wasting perfectly good beef if they want it well done, so I think they should just shut up and let everyone else eat beef the way they like it. Because one very vocal person "can't stand" the thought of rare beef, they expect everyone else to eat it the way they like it? Sigh. I did raise an eyebrow at her and tell her that it wasn't polite to "yuck my yum", but she insists that she can't help it, she would get sick to her stomach if she even had to see someone else eating rare beef. Whatever. She'd better not come to MY house for steak, that's all I can say!

If I went somewhere and they only had well done prime rib and a zillion other things, I'd just shut up and eat the zillion other things, sheesh.

Ah well, to each their own, I suppose. Elery doesn't even LIKE beef. he likes it more after he's fixed fence a while, he now eats beef simply for revenge, LOL.

FOAS, that looks really, really good. I'll run it past Cooper and see what he thinks. (grin) Just kidding, but it does look really good, I'll add that to the rotation. Heck, I might have to cook more beef, just for the leftovers!


    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 1:46PM
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Ditto....Annie! Same here with a few people we know.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 2:14PM
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Annie, at least you will know next year not to waste a good piece of beef. I never cook a prime rib or steaks if I know that my guests like their beef medium or well done.

So many other options.


    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 2:18PM
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"I never cook a prime rib or steaks if I know that my guests like their beef medium or well done." ?Why not Ann?

I have to say, I love love love it rare when I do eat red meat (once a quarter, maybe).

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 3:34PM
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No way in heck I would toss it. Lots of options for well done beef, especially prime.

Philly cheese steak is a fabulous option or cut it in really thin strips and serve as shredded beef on a bun.

We really like this recipe for leftover beef. I serve with fried rice and steamed broccoli.

Orange-Glazed Crispy Beef - Ricardo

For the Batter
250 ml (1 cup) unbleached all
-purpose flour
125 ml (1/2 cup) tapioca starch or
15 ml (1 tablespoon) sugar
2 1/2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) salt
180 ml (3/4 cup) lager or pale ale
125 ml (1/2 cup) water
454 g (1 lb) cold leftover roast beef
60 ml (1/4 cup) tapioca starch or
Oil For Frying
For the Sauce
60 ml (1/4 cup) soy sauce
10 ml (2 teaspoons) tapioca starch
125 ml (1/2 cup) sugar
30 ml (2 tablespoons) rice vinegar
3 cloves garlic -- minced
Grated zest of 2 oranges
15 ml (1 tablespoon) chopped fresh
1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) hot pepper
-flakes or cayenne
Juice of 2 oranges


For the Batter

  1. Heat the oil, setting the deep fryer to high. Preheat the oven to 100C (200F). Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add the liquid ingredients, whisking until the batter is smooth. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine the beef and the starch.
  4. Divide the beef slices into 5 equal portions. Coat 1 portion with batter. Drop the battered strips 1 by 1 into fryer to prevent them from sticking together. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, transfer to the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat for the remaining portions.

For the Sauce

  1. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce and the starch. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or wok, bring the sugar, vinegar, garlic, orange zest, ginger and hot pepper flakes to a boil. Simmer until the sugar begins turning gold. Add the orange juice and simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Add the soy sauce mixture, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil. Off the heat, add the cooked beef strips and turn it gently with a spatula until well coated.
  4. Serve immediately.
    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 4:31PM
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* Posted by rob333 (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 28, 10 at 15:34

"I never cook a prime rib or steaks if I know that my guests like their beef medium or well done." ?Why not Ann?

Rob, certain cuts of beef are tender when cooked rare/medium rare and toughen up when over cooked. Such as Prime Rib, Beef Tenderloin, Rib Eye and Strip Loin roasts/steaks. Other cuts are tough when cooked rare/medium rare but melt in the mouth tender when cooked for a long time. Such as Briskets, Round, Chuck, etc. These cuts are best as pot roasts.

So it is a shame to take an expensive roast like a prime rib and roast it to medium or well done.

If I know that my guests do not like their beef cooked rare or medium rare than I'll plan something else for dinner. Something I know our guests will enjoy.
After all we do want our guests to feel special don't we?

Thankfully there are so many other choices besides roast beef.


    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 6:29PM
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I've often wondered if it's possible to be a true steak lover who prefers them cooked past medium. It just doesn't seem right to me. While I readily acknowledge there may well be some such folk out there, I have to admit I'd cringe to lay out good money on premium beef for such company.

That said, I think the "medium" folks shouldn't be shunned from the club. As long as they're ok with a happy pink throughout they're ok in my book ;-)

Related - A week or so ago I noticed this commentary in "The Palm Restaurant Cookbook" which I've often referenced, as recently as today:

"Palm executive chef Tony Tammero believes rib eye should always be served medium, rather than medium rare. Even the best rib eye, he notes, has a tendency to be stringy and tough when undercooked. This is the only cut of meat that gets more tender if you cook it a little longer than medium rare."

I don't think he's talking about pot roast here, but it might help explain why I've never enjoyed a rib eye at a "top" steakhouse!

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 7:13PM
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I would use it for a Thai beef salad, which calls for thin strips of cooked beef. I don't have a recipe for it here, but I linked to one below. For some reason, I remember having lemongrass in it, but I guess that's not necessary. Anyway, it is a cold dish and therefore will not require additional cooking. Lime juice, fish sauce, and cilantro are essential ingredients, and I use more cilantro than mint in this.


Here is a link that might be useful: Thai Beef Salad

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 7:24PM
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I didn't think earlier, but this is an excellent dish for using up cooked meats. It calls for beef or lamb, but I have made it with roast pork or chicken as well and it is delicious.

Lamb or Beef Jhal Fraizi

-from, "Foolproof Indian Cooking," by Madhur Jaffrey-with slight changes and notes of my own.

350 g (12 oz) cooked, boneless roast lamb or beef

3 T olive oil

1/4 t cumin seeds

1/4 t brown mustard seeds**

8 fenugreek seeds***

100 g (1 medium) green bell pepper, cut into strips.

1-2 hot green chilies (such as serranos), cut into long, thin slivers. (****Ms. Jaffrey says not to remove the seeds, but if you've a tender mouth, I would scrape the seeds & pith out to cool the dish down.)

150 g (1 medium) onion, cut into half rings, similar in size to the peppers.

1 t Worcestershire sauce

1 t ground cumin

1 t ground coriander

1/4 t ground turmeric

3/4 t salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Julienne the cooked meats in 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips.

Heat the oil over a medium high heat until quite hot, then add the cumin, mustard and fenugreek seeds. The mustard seeds will begin to pop, when they do, add the bell pepper, onion, and chilies. Stir fry until the onions & peppers are wilted, and perhaps beginning to brown a bit (but not much) and add the meat and other seasonings. Heat through.


This is very good with some plain rice and a side of plain yogurt or a yogurt raita of some kind as a cooling foil to the spiciness of the dish.

A simple raita can be made by mixing half a cup of plain yogurt with a couple of tablespoons of grated, squeezed (to remove excess liquid) cucumber and a teaspoon or so of minced mint or cilantro, adding a bit of salt if you like.

**Plain, yellow mustard seeds will work as well, if you've got some on hand already and don't want to search out and buy brown just for this recipe.

***It doesn't sound like much, but fenugreek is quite potent, and the flavor is distinct. Fenugreek also keeps a long, long time, much longer than most spices. There really isn't anything I can think of that would be similar, but if you need to do without it, something slightly sweet but pungent would work--maybe some minced cilantro or mint, added at the last minute.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 7:33PM
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I am a true steak eater, but I LOVE beef anyway that it is cooked; I'm jealous of Annie because I would probably take all that steak and caramelize it in a pan with lots of butter and do nothing else. I can eat it raw and enjoy it just as well, but in any fine steakhouse that I know of they will not serve you a beautifully, aged piece of steak well done.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 7:41PM
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Ann, we had prime rib because that's what Elery wanted me to cook, it wasn't my choice. Truthfully, since we had six kids under the age of 8, I was leaning toward an all Italian kind of pasta meal, with stromboli, lasagna, ravioli, etc. But we did pizza last year and his son and DIL came with the three boys from California and his daughter drove up from Ohio and so he wanted a "centerpiece" kind of dish. Prime rib it was, as we both know that it will be years before all his kids and all his grandkids are together in one place again.

Sharon, that orange beef sounds really good, I'd love it, I think. Elery would really like Rachelellen's spicy Indian food too, although I'd definitely have to calm that down and I think we'd both like Lars' Thai salad.

So many delicious options, it makes me glad I grow beef, I nearly always have SOMETHING left over!


    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 8:16PM
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Costco $7/lb. OMG. So good tonight for dinner. Om nom nom!

I'll look for my thai noodle salad recipe later, I forgot about that, it should work for leftovers.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 10:15PM
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