Thursday, February 12, 2009

Crock Pot Swiss Steak

Ever since reading last month's issue of Real Simple I've had comfort food on the brain. This recipe is my ultimate favorite comfort food item. It meets all my qualifications- easy to cook, warm and filling, melt in my mouth delicious and best of all, it brings back memories of my childhood. (Oh, and it goes great with mashed potatoes, which is a must!) My dad is the cook in the family, but I think this may have been one of my mom's specialties.

This recipe uses a tougher cut of beef which works great for crock pot cooking. I whipped this up for some friends and it served 4 adults and 2 toddlers, with plenty of left overs.

It's so simple and simply amazing. Try it. I promise, you'll love it. :)


2 lbs round steak, tenderized
3, 28 oz cans stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup flour
salt/pepper, to taste

Before throwing this meal straight into the crock pot, tenderize and brown the meat as follows.... Put the flour to a shallow bowl or dish; seasoned with salt and pepper. Dredge the meat in the mixture and tenderize with a meat mallet. Repeat several times. Cut into bite size pieces and brown meat on the stove, in a medium sized skillet. Just a quick 2 minutes on each side will do.

Then throw the meat in the crock pot. Cover with the stewed tomatoes and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

When I think of Swiss Steak, I think of mashed potatoes. They are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go together. So, that's how I server it- over a heaping pile of creamy mashed potatoes. With a green veggie on the side.

Comfort food, at it's best.