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
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.