Sometimes it’s fun to spend time in the kitchen concocting a special recipe. Put on some music, pour a small glass of wine and really get into the whole, creative experience. But some days you just need something you can stick in the oven without a lot of fuss. Busy Day Swiss Steak to the rescue!
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Busy Day Swiss Steak
I recently did a week of 1950s-style dinners and one of the “keepers” was Swiss Steak. I recall my mom making it occasionally when I was a child but I don’t think she’s made it in decades. And for some reason I had never made it. That has now changed. In fact, I picked up another round steak and put it in the freezer so I’d have it on hand for one of those “busy days”.
Take a look at how simple this is:
- round steak
- one onion, thinly sliced
- 2-4 cups diced tomatoes (canned or carton)
- salt, pepper, garlic powder
- Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil on medium high heat in dutch oven or deep skillet with tight-fitting lid.
- Flour steak well and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Brown well on both sides in hot oil.
- Add onions next to meat (or remove meat temporarily if not enough room) and cook about 2 minutes.
- Pour tomatoes over meat, cover and cook in 350 degree oven 1 to 1 1/2 hours until meat is tender. Check periodically and add water or broth if needed.
- Serve over cooked rice, mashed potatoes or buttered noodles.
Isn’t that easy? While I’m a huge fan of homemade mashed potatoes and think that would be the best thing to serve this over, rice or noodles work just fine. If you know you are going to have a super busy day coming up, plan to cook something with rice the night before and cook a double portion. Cook a vegetable, make a quick salad and dinner is served!
If you missed my 1950s-style menu, click below:
Here is the photo I shared on Instagram:
What are your favorite meals for those busy nights? I’m always on the lookout for more ideas so leave me a comment.
This post is linked up at Miz Helen’s “Full Plate Thursday“. Be sure to check out some of the great recipes shared there!