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What to do with poor quality ribeye?

Hey all,

I've been reading chowhound for a while, but this is my first post.

I made the mistake of buying some really cheap rib-eyes from an Asian market that are of pretty terrible quality -- there is almost no fat in the meat, and it is tough pretty much any way I cook it. It was only 7 bucks for 3 decent sized steaks that are about 2 pounds total.

My first attempt at these was cooking a steak to medium rare to medium, and the results were only somewhat edible if soaked in steak sauce. I thought that i might get better results in a cheese steak, so i sliced the meat extremely thin (almost shaved), and the results were still pretty tough.

I'm thinking something like slow cooker stroganoff for the last piece, but was wondering if board members had any other suggestions.

Thanks for any responses you might have.

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  1. Make ground beef. Use it in chili, meat loaf. You want low fat for those.

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    1. re: Janet

      Agreed, but if you don't want to do that you could try marinating - teriyaki, Italian dressing, whatever - give it overnight at least, then grill no farther than medium rare and slice thinly.

    2. Take thin slices, marinade in soy sauce,egg whites, shaoxing cooking wine, toasted sesame oil and cornstarch. Stir-fry with your favorite vegetables......

      1. Try using a Jaccard on them. Works wonders.

        1. I would make this recipe, if you like northern Chinese food. I increase the amount of hot peppers a tad. Anyhow, my family loves this dish.

          http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/590595

          1. Pound it and marinate in a sugar-beer solution - use as you would like (stir fry, grill, etc.)