What to Do With Leftover Grilled Steak
When I was a kid, we rarely went out for dinner. So maybe on our birthdays, we'd get to pick our favorite restaurant (about three choices) and usually end up at our local Chinese restaurant. But this one time my dad took us to a restaurant called The Emerson Hotel Restaurant in Emerson, NJ.
I lived in Emerson, NJ, for all about one year, so I'm sure that's how my dad knew of this place. According to their website, "The Emerson Hotel, originally called Etna House, then Block's Hall, has stood on Emerson Plaza East since 1872 and was one of several along the railroad tracks to feed and shelter travelers. "
So this place has some history. They were and still are famous for their Slice Steak Platter, consisting of thinly sliced steak layered over toast points with sizzling hot butter and fries.
Funny, I always thought this dish included caramelized onions but according to their menu, they are available as an extra. It doesn't matter; I added them to my version.
I can't tell you what an impression this sliced steak sandwich had on me. To this day, when I make particular this dish, I instantly go back to The Emerson Hotel. It's true that certain foods have the ability to bring back memories so powerful you would think you were back in time.
I'm sure The Emerson Hotel has changed since I was there as a kid, but I can still recreate this dish at home and let my kids get a taste of a dish from my past. Better yet, one day, we should jump in the car and drive up to Emerson, see if the house I spent a year in is still there, and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Sliced Steak Sandwich Recipe
- 2 large yellow onions
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 pinch salt
- 4 slices bread your choice of white, whole wheat
- leftover steak sliced into thin strips
- salt & pepper to taste
- Slice the onions into rings and separate the rings.
- Heat a fry pan large enough to hold the onions over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter the onions and slowly cook (sweat) over medium-low heat until honey colored.
- When the onions are done, make the "toast points". You can toast the bread in a toaster, in a frying pan or in the oven. To toast in the oven, pre-heat the oven to 350° F. Cut the crusts off the bread and discard unless you can use them for something else. Cut each slice of bread into 4 triangles and place on a baking sheet.
- Melt the other two tablespoons of butter and brush some on one side of each piece of bread. Reserve the rest of the melted butter for assembly.
- Toast the bread points in the oven for a couple of minutes until golden brown. Flip and toast the other side for another minute. Do Not Burn!
- To assemble, plate four bread points on each plate. Top with a slice of steak, then drizzle a little of the reserved melted butter over the top of each piece.
- Top with a forkful of caramelized onions, season with salt and pepper and serve.
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Sounds like a great idea for cooking with kids! Thanks for sharing! I'd like to invite you to our party, Fantastic Thursday. Hope to see you there!
Yummmm. We have enjoyed our steak like this as well. After pan frying in butter, I butter a slice of bread to capture the delicious juices left over from the steak and sauteed onions. Thanks for sharing.
This sounds like something I do with slap meat. After I grill the meat, I toast french rolls with butter and garlic under the broiler, then I add the thinly sliced meat. It is an easy, quick dinner and my family loves it. Next time I will try it with the mushroom demi-glace sauce. It sounds very yummy!
I've been going to the Emerson since I was a kid. There was always a line out the door... the sliced steak sandwich was always a favorite and didn't come with sliced onions. You always got the onion RINGS and the sauteed mushrooms. And the Coleslaw... sooo good.... and nobody I know can get the recipe out of them...
So I have to go and visit next time I am in Jersey...
I grew up in oradell in the 50s and 60s. The Emerson Hotel was a major part of my childhood and young adulthood. My parents took me there regularly as I learned proper restaurant etiquette. I lived their food. Especially the steak sandwiches. Glad to know they're still going strong. Hope to get back up there soon.
Sorry to report we were just at the hotel after 30 years and we’re disappointed. Especially since the steak was nuked. Can’t go home again?
G. Stephen Jones
That is terrible news especially the part about nuked steaks. Blasphemy!