Food of the Eighties, Steak-Ums
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They were flat pieces of frozen meat that came in a box with a piece of paper between each one. You cooked 'em in a skillett and ate them on a bun or bread.
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Joe Long - July 28, 2007 - Report this comment
I use to live in Baltimore,MD and bought steak_ums,ellios pizza's and chocolate licorice but now I live in Peoria,Illinois and no stores hear sell them or ellios pizza's and chocolate Licorice it pisses me off
from VA to IL - August 31, 2007 - Report this comment
Drive down towards Caseyville... you'll find all that stuff in the general area
Champaign - October 05, 2007 - Report this comment
Super Walmart has Steak-ums.
Product Of The 80's - January 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm not sure why these are hard to find in some places, out here in Detroit they're commonplace. I use them to cook up Philly Cheesesteaks all the time. They're just as good nowadays, too!
ACJ - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I used to see this commercial all the time in the 80s. Never had one, but my college roommate's stoner boyfriend used to live off them.
Bruce - February 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I have had my first batch in years. How beef can have more grease than bacon is beyond me. Bit into something crunchy guess it was a bone flake. The taste more vegetable than beef.
Kinderkat - July 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I have never had this product in my life but for some reason I call regular steak "Steal-ums"
SZA - July 07, 2008 - Report this comment
POOR MAN'S STEAKHOUSE SANDWICH: You will need: 1 Steak-Umm 1 slice CHEAP American cheese single-type food (no fancy deli slices, you snobs!!) 2 slices SOFT white bread (think Wonder, people!) ketchup, to taste Place a non-stick skillet over medium-high; spray lightly with oil. When a drop of water dances and spits on the skillet, add your Steak-Umm. Wait 5 seconds or until it turns soft in the pan, then flip. Continue cooking until both sides have safely turned from pink to brown. Lay cheese slice on one side of Steak-Um. Using a spatula, CAREFULLY lift up opposite edge of Steak-Um and cover the cheese slice over, calzone-style (the trick is to completely conceal the cheese slice to prevent oozing!!). Lift Steak-Um treat from pan. Deposit onto one bread slice. Douse well with ketchup. Top with remaining bread slice. Enjoy! (Eat fast, before the grease soaks through and disintegrates your bread!!) THIS RECIPE CAN BE EASILY DOUBLED, OR EVEN TRIPLED, TO SATISFY HUNGRY APPETITES! *Best eaten in front of bad daytime television (i.e. The Price is Right, Family Feud, Maury Povich, etc.)
Sharon - January 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Might sound gross, but my mom made them with a dash of garlic powder. She then added cooked white rice and a little Kikoman's soy sauce and cook it some more... making some sort of Steak-um fried rice. It was soooo yummy! :)
court - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
my family went through a "steak-ummms" phase. i remember kind of liking them... but i was also very suspicious of them.
dazzman - February 28, 2009 - Report this comment
all-time classic.... best when served on grilled rye bread and swiss / american cheese blend. Triple decker with added melted butter hot off the skillet.
Jon - February 11, 2010 - Report this comment
Chicken Rondelet is the sister meal to the Steak-umm for thousands of suburban white kids that had that dad that cooked once per week, on Saturday night.
youngod - February 23, 2010 - Report this comment
i like to boil my first while my onions and peppers are frying add some salt and pepper let em cook to a crisp add the cheese and toast the kaiser bun in the oil and it almost taste like a real cheese steak.
Dee Dee - March 02, 2010 - Report this comment
My mom used to buy these in the 80's after the convincing commercial on TV.
Christine - April 26, 2010 - Report this comment
These were always a "special" treat on Saturdays or something when I was a kid. They're probably called Steak-umms because you think they might be steak and then you say...ummm???? :)
Shelley - June 07, 2010 - Report this comment
You can still buy these at our grocery stores in Michigan. I'm not sure where you live though but check there web site for locations to buy them at.
Dawn - December 29, 2010 - Report this comment
To Joe Long, I work at Schnucks grocery in the SAt. Louis area and we have the steak ums....If you get here or try the schnucks in Illinois!!!!
Mitch - March 11, 2012 - Report this comment
I love Steakums, and always have. It is funny that others have said that dad used to cook them, because my dad did as well. Martins potato rolls, white American cheese, lettuce, and tomato!!! For those of you who can't find it, go to the products website and search for distributors.
Zack - January 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Love em or hate em; Steak-umms are one of those phenomenon in 80s America when people wanted everything faster and easier as a "nation on the go" when suddenly moms couldn't slave for hours in a hot kitchen anymore. And i'm not trying to leave other countries out, i just don't know much about Steak-umms in other countries and i was just going by my own fond memories of when they were really cool and innovative.
Lazy80'sBaby - April 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember my mom eating them frequently when I was very young. I never tried them. Never wanted to. I was a picky eater as most kids are. Being a single working mom I'm sure she appreciated how quickly she could fix them up for herself and of course something else for me.
the80's were sweet - November 15, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember my mom use to eat these. I never tried them. Never really wanted to. But Steakums is definately an 80's food.
David C. - May 31, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember Steak-Umms. They were pretty good, actually. Not as good as some other 80s foods, but they weren't bad at all.

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