Steak & Blue Cheese Baked Potatoes- Making Meat the Sidekick

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Steak. It’s what’s for dinner.

What if you don’t have much though? There are few things in life more unsatisfying than a small tiny piece of steak on a plate. If you are going to have a steak, you really should have a steak.

That’s the dilemma I found myself in recently.

It was one day past grocery shopping day and I had NOT been grocery shopping yet. Our freezer is always pretty well stocked since we strategically shop, but the only meat I had defrosted was one sad lonely sirloin. Too small to feed us all, but oh so convenient.

Wanna learn to shop with strategy? I’ve written, oh a dozen or so, posts all about it! Click here.

When I find myself with too little meat and too many hungry bellies, I make the meat the sidekick. In this case, I grilled up the steak as usual and sliced it thinly.

The (Informal) Recipe

Meanwhile, I threw some baking potatoes into the oven to get nice and crusty on the outside and tender on the inside (I rubbed them with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle some kosher salt on them too! Baked at 400 for 45 minutes to an hour depending on how large your potatoes are and how many you are cooking).

I can’t have steak without grilled onions, so I also slowly grilled up some onions in a pan with a bit of olive oil, salt and a small pat of butter. (Slow cooking onions is the way to go. The slower the better!)

When it was time to eat, I put a bit of butter on the potato and smushed up the insides really well. A bit of salt and pepper and blue cheese came next.

I paused before setting the grilled onions on top, but I’m SO glad I went with it and it was an excellent decision.

Topped with my sliced steak and dug in.


As a side note: I got caught by my neighbors standing on the picnic table in the backyard taking pics of this dish. It was slightly embarrassing. If you’ve never stood precariously on top of a table outdoors with your very expensive DSLR in an effort to get the perfect balance of light and vibrant color, well than you probably aren’t a blogger 😉 .
Do as mommy says. Not as mommy does. You are exactly right. This is NOT safe.


The food, the picture, the stretching of one simple steak into a meal for an entire family…even the likelihood I just convinced the neighbors I have some weird food fetish, it was all totally worth it.

Yum to Steak & Blue Cheese Baked Potatoes. (Served with this yummy broccoli recipe Katie posted awhile back. My new favorite way to eat broccoli!)

You can also stretch your meat by:

  • Using rice and beans as fillers
  • Use your meat in a soup w/ plenty of veggies
  • Casseroles are a great way to stretch your protein a bit farther! Rarely do you need as much meat as the recipe calls for.

What’s your suggestion for stretching too little meat a bit farther to feed your family? Tell me in the comments. 

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Heather is the creator and owner of Family Friendly Frugality. She calls Texas home and is married to her best friend. With 2 children 22 months apart, she has her hands full. So full that she decided to start blogging as a hobby. That hobby blew up into a full time job. Now she's got the husband, the kids and the blog. We're not exactly sure what she was thinking, but she's too busy for us to ask. Find Me On Google +

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