Sunday, December 21, 2014

Country Steak – ALA Beverly

When I was a kid, my mom called this dish Swiss steak, which I later learned was actually made with a tomato gravy.  I’ve heard the dish called Country Style Steak, Country Fried Steak and Gravy, Baked Steak and Gravy – What is your name for it?  It should not be confused with chicken fried steak which is fried and usually topped with gravy but not baked in the oven.

At any rate Bev wanted to make it using her normal recipe, for which there is no actual recipe and it is a semi homemade version.

Her ingredients were:

Six pieces of cubed steak
Flour for dredging
Lawry’s seasoning salt
Some mushrooms she had in the fridge
Half an onion, chopped
One can cream of mushroom soup
Two packages of Pioneer Brown Gravy Mix, made per package directions.

1. Preheat oven to 325*
2. We added S&P to one side of the steak and Lawry’s to the other, dredged them in flour, and fried in oil until browned.

3. After skillet frying, the meat was placed in a prepared baking pan and the onion and mushrooms were sautéed in the skillet for a few minutes.  
4. Meanwhile the brown gravy was made per package directions and the soup was whisked into it.
5. The sautéed onions and mushrooms were added atop the meat and the gravy mixture was poured over it.  

6.It was then covered in foil and baked in a 325* oven for about 90 minutes.  Then the foil was removed and the gravy allowed to thicken for a few minutes (or maybe not at all) to the get desired consistency.

We served it over some mashed potatoes and I cannot imagine I could have liked it ant better no matter how fancy the recipe.  This was just about the ultimate comfort meal for a cool December day and perfect for when you want something delicious with minimal effort.  And another beauty of the dish is that it is almost as good leftover.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. What a classic comfort food Larry and Bev! I'd lick the plate of all that beautiful gravy! Merry Christmas!

  2. We always called it Swiss steak too! Merry Christmas!

  3. Larry, Swiss steak was a staple in my house when I was growing up...and yes, it was made with a tomato sauce as the base. We always had it with potatoes. I can't remember the last time that I had Swiss Steak...probably 55 or 56 years ago! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. Love the rich brown gravy. When I was growing up, my mother made a Swiss steak. It was fairly thick with a rich red sauce on top. I never ate country fried steak until I was an adult and saw it on a menu at a diner.

    Merry Christmas you two,

  5. My Mom called this Swiss Steak as well. But regardless of the name it was delicious, just as Bev's is.

  6. Any version of this is good, love quick, easy and tasty does it for me. Looks awesome.

  7. Hello, Hope you are having a wonderful December and will have a blessed Christmas… This is such a joyful time of year for so many—but it’s also the time when others experience a deep loneliness, and struggle during the holidays for many reasons. SO—today I ask you to stop what you are doing for a few minutes and say a prayer for someone you know who might be experiencing a hard time now… OR—better still, send them a card or give them a call. It will mean the world to them.

    YUM---that would be a favorite meal of mine... My mother used to make something similar --and OH--how delicious.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  8. My husband, being from the Midwest, is a meat and potatoes kinda guy. Whenever I make Chicken Fried Steak (that's what we call it) he is one very happy camper. It's fattening as all get out, but there are times when caution is thrown to the wind. I have to admit, it's delicious with creamy mashed potatoes for all that gravy. Yummy!

  9. Yum! We called it chicken fried steak but my gravy never looked like that - perfect wonderful comfort food! Merry Christmas and Happy new Year Larry & Bev!

  10. It looks delicious, Larry! To me, it's Country Fried Steak and Gravy, not Swiss, nor Chicken Fried Steak. We always had Swiss Steak with a tomato base, plenty of tomatoes in it, love it! Never had Country Fried Steak, etc. until many years later, after I was married.

  11. Does it matter what you call it when it's that good?

    Merry Christmas, Larry and Bev.

  12. My Mom called this dish "Veal Cutlets" even though it was beef! lol Yours looks scrumptious and I love that mushroom gravy! Happy Holidays to you and your family, Larry! Cheers!

  13. I don't think I've ever had it. But I want it. I grew up on Chicken Fried Steak, cubed steak with white gravy. Merry Christmas Larry and Bev.

  14. We grew up calling it country fried steak and I thought it was "meh okay". Later in life I discovered chicken fried steak with white sawmill gravy which I thought was glorious and it became one of my favorite foods instantly. So even though there is a little bit of difference in the cooking process for "chicken fried" it is the color of gravy that makes me think chicken fried (white) vs country fried (brown). I want to go to Cracker Barrel.


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