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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cubed Steaks and Gravy

Photo courtesy of the Cooking Corner.
   
     Every now and then you just need something for dinner that's easy. Life is busy and there's always plenty to do. When the price is right, I like to get some cubed steaks and put them on to cook slow while potatoes are boiling for mashed. That way I can tend  to other chores while dinner cooks.
   I have tried cooking cubed steaks all kinds of ways - fried, broiled, baked, battered, but the best method I have come up with is quickly seared with spices and then simmered in gravy. This is a simple dinner that any beginner cook can do.

Cubed Steaks and Gravy
1 pkg. 4 cubed steaks
Photo courtesy the Cooking Corner.
steak seasoning
1 tsp. garlic or onion powder, your preference
2 tsp. oil
1 can (10 oz.) beef gravy

*Optional flavor boost
1/4 onion, sliced thin
1/2 bell pepper, (any color) sliced thin 
1/2 lb. mushrooms, whole or halved, depending on size and preference

In large skillet with lid, heat oil. Sprinkle meat with steak seasoning and garlic (or onion) powder. 

Over medium heat, sear about 4 minutes per sides, reduce heat. If using optional veggies, remove steaks from pan and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.

In skillet, combine meat, gravy and veggies, if using. Cover with lid and simmer 1 hour. Serve with mashed potatoes and veggie.

*Note - If making 6-8 cubed steaks, use 2 cans of gravy and optionally, a whole pound of mushrooms.

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