Seriously Simple County-Style Steak

Seriously Simple County-Style Steak

My husband loves his Mama, she is very kind, exceedingly generous with her family and a great cook.  She is an old-fashioned ‘country’ cook, (at least she was when he was a kid), heavy meals, lots of stewed veggies and of course biscuit.  Always biscuit.  When Mr.Fix-it and I got married 15 years ago, I thought that being a good wife to him meant making biscuits, everyday.  Needless to say, I don’t do that anymore!  But, I do try to make things he likes and that remind him of his childhood, just in a healthier, and let me be honest here, easier way.  I don’t love to cook, I do cook, but only because I’ve got mouths to feed.  I could live off of greek yogurt, salads and chocolate and be just fine!  Not so for the rest of my household!

One of his favorite dishes is country-style steak.  This evolves breading, then frying cube steak, then simmering it in a thick milky gravy.  He LOVES the way his mama makes it!  I’ve made it, from her recipe, it is labor intensive and at least a billion calories, lets not even mention the fat!  So I set out to ‘lighten’ the recipe and the work!  This is how I do it, easy, delicious and seriously fork tender!


Start with a couple of pounds of fresh cube steak.  Season both sides really well with salt and pepper, don’t be afraid to over season here, you’ll need it.


Dredge through flour and brown both sides in an oven proof skillet with a lid.   I usually do this in batches so that the meat isn’t crowded in the pan.


Put the browned steaks to the side.  Throw in a couple thinly sliced onions, cook until they are just starting to soften.


Pile all the meat back on the onions, it’s ok if the pan is crowded now, add 1 and 1/3 cup of water, pop on the lid and put the whole thing in an 350 degree oven for 1 hour.


This is what you get!  Tender steak, onion gravy, with very little effort!  It turns out perfectly every time, and Hubby?  Well, he likes it better than his mamas!  (Don’t tell her!)



New Country Style Steak

2-3lbs chopped steak

1-2tbs oil

1c flour

2 onions, thinly sliced

1 and 1/3c water

salt and pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350.  Heat oil in an oven proof skillet over med-high heat.  Season steaks with salt and pepper, dredge through flour, then brown both sides, 2-3 min on each side.  Remove  steaks from pan.  Add onions, stirring up any bits stuck to the pan.  Cook about 5 min, or until soft and translucent.  Place steaks on top of onions, and add water.  Cover, place in oven, bake for 1 hour.






7 Responses

  1. bonnie rosenmeier
    bonnie rosenmeier April 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm | | Reply

    Tum…sounds easy

  2. Betty
    Betty April 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm | | Reply

    This sounds like the perfect meal for us next week (when hubby can finally chew again). Thanks for posting Claire – it by far beats the way I used to cook cube steak.

  3. Mary Alexanian
    Mary Alexanian May 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm | | Reply

    Looks great, Claire……I will make it this week.

  4. Mary Alexanian
    Mary Alexanian May 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm | | Reply

    Looks great, Claire……I will make it this week. I just love your Blog…

  5. Rachel
    Rachel July 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm | | Reply

    It’s in the oven!!! Sounded too good not to fix. Of course it helped that I was hungry when I left the shop. (BTW – cubed steaks are on special at the moment at HT – $4.97/lb instead of $6.59/lb for the value pack.) Can’t wait!

  6. jonibee
    jonibee September 19, 2014 at 6:43 am | | Reply

    Clare..I made this last night and my husband also loved it and said this is a “keeper”’s so easy to prepare we had it with mashed garlic potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots and cucumbers in apple cider vinegar with salt & pepper. The dish also looked very appetizing with all these pretty colors …

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