Friday, March 7, 2014

Crockpot Smothered Cube Steaks

Not exactly  the most health conscious or diet friendly but oh so delicious when you just gotta have comfort food!

Here's what you need

Ingredients and supplies
4-6 cube steaks
3/4 cup AP flour
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp dry mustard powder
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
meat tenderizer
ground black pepper
10 ounces of water
1pkg of brown, mushroom or onion gravy mix (I used brown)
1 can cream of onion soup
large plastic bag
plastic wrap
bowl
whisk
meat mallet
crock pot ( I used a crock pot liner also)
small amount of vegetable or canola oil
electric skillet (or frying pan and burner)
spatula or tongs

Lightly sprinkle the cube steaks with the meat tenderizer. Add all the spices and flour to a large plastic bag. Shake to mix well. Dredge the cube steaks one at a time in flour mixture, gently shake to remove excess flour. Place the cube steak between a folded piece of plastic wrap and GENTLY  use the flat side of the meat mallet to pound the flour mixture into the cube steak. I can not stress the gently aspect enough. You don't want to obliterate the meat. It will be tender enough when it is finished cooking.


Repeat the flour dredge  one more time, shaking off the excess and let set to finish the other pieces of cube steak.

Once all the pieces have been dredged, add a small amount of oil to the electric skillet, heat to 400°F  (or below the smoke point of the oil you are using). Add the cube steak to hot oil to quick sear each side. No more than minute on each side. You just want to brown the meat, not cook it--the crock pot will take care of the rest. Preheat crock pot--I set mine to low and put a teaspoon of water in the bottom and cover until I am ready to add stuff.



While the meat is browning, combine the water and gravy mix. Whisk until smooth. Add the cream of onion soup. Mix well. Pour half into the crock pot. Place the browned cube steaks in the crock pot and sprinkle in black pepper.


When you are finished adding all of the cube steaks pour in the remaining gravy/ soup sauce.

Mmmm...you can see the minced onion from the soup
Cover and let cook undisturbed for 2 hours. Flip the cube steaks and spoon sauce over as needed. Recover and let cook another 2 hours. By now the sauce has thickened and started to brown. The steaks will be fork tender.



Now, I admit this isn't the most photogenic meal, but it is damn good! This cooking technique works well for all sorts of cheap and tough cuts of meat. Thicker cuts of meat will require adjusted cooking times. I don't know about you but cooking in the crock pot is one of my favorite cooking methods for busy days. Nothing like fix it and forget it!



4 comments:

  1. I usually use my crockpot in the summer--when it's too hot to heat up the kitchen but yet you need a good meal. I stick it out on the deck and let it simmer away all day . I always hope it doesn't entice a bear into the yard-LOL!

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    1. That is a good tip about not heating up the house! And no---definitely no bears, haha. THey need to find their dinner elsewhere!

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  2. This looks SO tasty!!! And very comforting good! Jealous!

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