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Saturday, May 14, 2011

How I make Swiss Steak

I went to a Obesity and Menopause conference two weeks ago.  I want to write something about that, but I'm mulling it over.  There were many things I learned but there were many things presented that I thought was just plain wrong.  It was like these people had not done their research or understood where their statistics came from.

So instead, I give you .... how I make Swiss steak.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Here are the ingredients I used:

2 pounds beef cube steak
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon each salt and garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 large onions (I love onions, you could get by with one.)
1 pound baby carrots (You could use green, yellow or red peppers.)
1 cup chopped celery (Or not.  I don't always use celery in this.)
2 28 ounce cans of chopped tomatoes

Cut the cube steak into bite size pieces.  Mix the flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bag or bowl. Dredge the steak in the seasoned flour and place on a greased pan.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in oven. Alternately you could fry in a skillet. I don't fry because I always burn myself and also my gallbladder doesn't like fried foods so much.

The steak looks like this when it comes out of the oven:

While the steak is cooking, cut up your veggies and put them in your crock pot or baking pan.  First I cut up my onions:

Then I chop up my celery and add my carrots:

Then open up the tomatoes and put them in.  When the steak is ready stir that in as well and you end up with this:

If you use a crock pot, I suggest 8 to 10 hours on low.  If you bake in the oven it will probably take 1.5 to 2 hours on 350.

It looks like this once it has simmered for 10 hours in the crock pot:

I usually serve this with mashed potatoes but I didn't have any potatoes so we just ate this like a stew with some slices of sharp cheddar.  It's so delicious and now I have plenty of leftovers to freeze for future meals!  This recipe feeds 8 very hungry people or 12 moderately hungry people.

Do you make your Swiss steak differently from this recipe?

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