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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Smothered Steak

One of my coworkers and I were chatting during a lull at the
cash-out table during an auction a few months back.
She mentioned loving cubed steak.  I wrinkled my nose.
I hadn't had cubed steak since I was a little girl.
It was a staple at our house, fried in a skillet with gravy
made from the drippings.  I liked it fine then but hadn't 
thought about it since, much less had a craving for it.

But she insisted I try it how she fixes it, so I made a mental
list of what she did and tried it myself.
Delicious!  Moist, tender, full of flavor and very inexpensive.

It's hard to photograph comfort food. ha.
It doesn't usually look appetizing on the plate!
But I tried here, and hope you'll give this a shot.


Smothered Steak

Brown cubed steaks in a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Just sear and brown...about 3 minutes each side on high heat.

Remove from skillet and with a little more olive oil,
brown fresh sliced mushrooms and onions.
Add salt, pepper and garlic, taking care not to burn the garlic.

Transfer veggies to a bowl and stir in one can undiluted
cream of golden-mushroom-with-garlic soup.

Place steaks back into skillet and spread veggie mixture
over the steaks.  Cover and bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.


55 comments:

  1. Never had cubed steak - but this looks so tasty! Must add that to my list.

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  2. And spaghetti squash... *making a list*

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    1. I bought another one today...having some kind of version of my dish soon! And I have them growing in the garden! Wish you lived close....

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  3. Oh what a good way to use cube steaks. They also make good Swiss steak in a crock pot.

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    1. That's another thing my mom made a lot when I was a girl. I've never made it!

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    2. Don loves it...and I haven't made it in years...we grew up on it too.

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  4. This looks good - I'll have to try it. Thanks!

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  5. We do not eat meat..but it looks delicious..

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    1. I'll eat yours...you can have the veggies! ha. :) But you have to bring a cake baked and decorated by your daughter! yum!

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  6. I think it looks great, I make it for our family too but I have never tried it with soup, I will try this next time,

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  7. Hi Betsy...
    I think that is what I use for my Pepper Steak..we called it minced steak here...
    When cooked properly it is truly delicious!
    I love comfort foods...love winter cooking....I could go for a Pot a Roast! With all the trimmings!
    That does look scrumptious!
    Are you having crazy winds there?
    Cheers!
    Linda:o)

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    1. It isn't windy but it is cold! My feet are freezing! Yesterday was hot and muggy but we had storms blow through last night and took it all away. Brrr.

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  8. Oh! I am drooling for a couple of platefuls of that!!
    It looks absolutely sinfully delicious and all the better for you cooking it.
    Those boys are so lucky.

    Crumbs! I've just seen you tell Linda it is cold . . . hard to fathom that so soon after your muggy weather. Hot and humid here by Sunday forecasts storms - your's probably from the Atlantic. :)

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    1. I wish you lived close enough to come for a couple of platefuls! :)
      It is chilly 68 degrees right now on my outside thermometer! Beautiful sun, though. I'm not complaining...I'll take this over heat any day!

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    2. 68 degrees F . . . . cold ??
      Must be my high octane, iron rich Brit blood . . . . lol

      Am I greedy wanting two platefuls ?? . . . If you say yes you are probably right!! . . . I might have a go at the recipe - I am a Bible believer I like burnt offerings . . . . lol


      Clouds and Silvery Linings

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    3. Yes. 90 is hot! 60's are chilly! You've complained about the heat before and I've looked on weather.com to see the temp there and it's 70. I just roll my eyes at you! haha.

      Burnt offerings? Ew. Burnt garlic? Double ew. ha

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    4. Go on Eddie, push the boat out and have three platefuls. You need to keep your strength up.

      It looks very nice Betsy, I might have a go at making that, and have four platefuls!

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    5. I bet you could make it even better, Keith...add a little wine, etc...let me know if you improve on it!

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    6. Strange that sometimes I feel cold at 70 degrees and sometimes hot . . . when I am really warmed up I tend to retain heat for ages.
      Great Keith can comment - hi mate!! :)

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    7. Yes, Ed....If I remember correctly, you were feeling really hot yesterday! ha.

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  9. cube steak was a staple at our house as well growing up....
    T makes it every once in a while...def a comfort food...
    like me some shepherds pie as well...

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    1. Now that is something I never had growing up...and have never made! First time I had it was in the college cafeteria...probably not the place to judge it. lol....

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  10. I always loved my late mom's cubed steak but have never known a good way to make it tender. Thanks to you and your friend for this recipe AND you did a good job of making it look incredibly delicious.

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    1. Oh, good! I hope you like it. And I'm glad it looked good...and not like a bunch of slop. haha.

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  11. I'll leave the comfort food to you
    And go with my chicken at my zoo lol

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    1. I like chicken a lot.
      Stew a whole one in a pot!

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  12. I am not a fan of cubed steak either, but we always end up with a few packages when we butcher a cow. I do a similar recipe in the crock pot and slow cooking does wonders for cubed steak.

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    1. Exactly....I cut this recipe short to cook about 25 minutes one time and it wasn't good. It needs the 45 minutes to make it tender.

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  13. That does look yummy, especially on a cool evening. Hey, what kind of weather are you sending my way next?

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    1. More of the same! Cool days...cold nights! brrr!

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    2. Well, I love late August weather, so I guess that's okay.

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  14. My mom made this quite a bit. We all picked out the mushrooms as I remember.

    Comfort food looks like slop for the pigs sometimes (in pictures)! Ha!

    Jane xx

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  15. Another one to try. I do like cube steak but we don't have it often.

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    1. Let me know if you like it! Nice and easy and yummy, too...at least we think so!

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  16. Hi Betsy - that does look just delicious and as you say comfort food ... which always smells so appetising .. great photo too .. if it wasn't so hot here (yes England is hot!) .. then I'd give it a try .. I'll have to wait for autumnal days ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, save it for a cool, rainy day! Yum!

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  17. You are right Betsy. It does not photograph well, but I bet it tasted good. I am not a meat eater though, I much prefer fish dishes.

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    1. Not liking my photograph, huh....well, I tried! But it was delicious, trust me. I love seafood, too, and we eat lots of it! Do you cook?

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    2. I hope this is the right place to put my reply. Sorry, you misunderstood me Betsy, I didn't mean I disliked your photograph, I was agreeing with you that comfort food does not photograph well. If by seafood you include shellfish i.e. mussels, winkles and suchlike, no I don't eat them, I stick to real fish. Yes, I do cook, although I would rather not. I eat a lot of takeaways and pizzas.

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    3. Yes, this is the spot! I see what you mean. Yes, it is hard to photograph and a few other times I decided not to post because the food just didn't look appetizing! ha. I like fish, too...salmon, shrimp and crab. I've never tried mussels and I have no idea what a winkle is!
      I could eat pizza every day, though!

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  18. That looks like beef stew to me. We make it will stewing steak or braising steak (cheap cuts) and I prefer to buy the beef in a lump so I can cut it up how I like it not how the butcher/supermarket thinks it should be. Toss the meat in seasoned flour and then fry until golden brown in a heavy casserole. Remove to a plate on the side. Fry whatever veg you fancy in the same pan: carrots, small turnips, a leek, parsnips, mushrooms, tomatoes, green beans until a little coloured (but not too much). Sling the beef back in the dish, add a bouquet garni or at the very least a bay leaf or two, and some garlic. Pour over a pint or two of stock (or water will do). I use chicken stock not beef. Whack it in the oven for 2 1/2 or 3 hours at a very low temperature. Make sure it doesn't get too dry and add more liquid if there doesn't seem to be enough. You can add peas right at the last minute when it's nearly done if you fancy. Eat with mashed potato. Yum. One pot cooking - most of the washing up is done before you sit down to eat.

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    1. Yum...that sounds delicious and is how I make beef stew, too! One of my favorites.

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  19. LOVE this dish! Your photo is drool-worthy. Thanks for the reminder...this is just how we would love it too..hubby would love the addition of mushrooms. MMM!

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    1. Super yummy. Thinking of you and your family....hope you're all doing ok. :)

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