My Favorite Way to Cook Cube Steak - In Appalachia
when i was growing up here in
appalachiagranny often made
steakfor supper that was one of her suppers that she would make with gravy and it was good well once i was married of course i thought well i'm gonna make
steaklike granny and i did and sometimes it was really good and sometimes it just wasn't so good it was like i would get the meat too done a lot of the times or it would be stringy it would be tough it was hard to get it tender like granny did well so i just kind of give up on it well you're probably about 10 years or something ago i ended up working with one of my best friends from high school wasn't that great all of a sudden we were thrown back together just like we were in the old days and one day we were talking about food and i don't know somehow
cubestate come up and i said well i don't really ever make it because i can't ever get it right and she said well you've got to try my recipe well ever since then i've been making pam's
steakand it is so easy and so tasty that you should try it too so the first thing you do is you go ahead and proceed like you're gonna fry
cubesake just like you would like i was trying to do all those years that it didn't work so you can use whatever kind of oil you prefer i'm using olive oil but whatever you use will be fine you take the
steakand you bread it in flour and seasoned flour every how you'd want i just use salt and pepper and you bread the...
steakand you put it in a hot pan cast iron works really well that's what i use and you brown it on both sides you don't really need to worry about getting it done though you just want to brown both sides first so as the meat begins to get brown on both sides you're going to remove it and put it in a crock pot i suppose an insta pot would work too but i've never tried that of course most instant pots you can use as a crock pot so that would definitely work so it's not
cooked all the way through i know but it's just browned on both sides and i've got two more pieces to do so now the next step is you're going to add some of the flour some flour like you're making a gravy almost what's left the grease that's left in the pan scraping up all those wonderful little bits that get stuck in them and uh from
cooking just almost like you're making a gravy well you are making the gravy that's what you're doing so you need some chicken stock to go in this i keep chicken stock froze in the freezer so i always have some handy but you can there's all kinds of little bullions and different things you can do like that if you don't or you can buy chicken stock like in a box too so once you kind of have the flour
cooked a little bit you're going to start pouring in your chicken stock and i found it really doesn't take much flour because um that
steakhas flour on it too and we're gonna start adding some chicken...
stock one of the best things about this recipe is it's really like when pam first shared it with me i said well because i'm like a recipe person i want to know exactly how much of this and exactly how much of that and i said well how do i know how much of this or how much of this you know how much flour how much chicken stock and she said well it just really just do it and you'll see that it doesn't kind of matter so it's almost like it's fool proof i try to aim for enough chicken stock to actually not cover the
steakin the crock pot but kind of come up on the edges of it so that the top still sticking out but i think pam's right it's pretty much fool proof and it's just so good it makes the
steaks so tender so flavorful and then you have that wonderful gravy if you want to put it over mashed potatoes or if you want to put it over rice that's especially good too and if it gets thick in the crock pot you can always thin it out a little bit before serving with more chicken stock probably even with water wouldn't hurt okay i've let this
cookfor just a few minutes not very long you can see it's it's kind of thick getting thick in the middle anyway so now i'm going to pour it in the crock pot over the
steakhuh get me up spatula to get all that goodness out i love the big cast iron pans but the one thing is that you got to be got to have some muscles to hold on to them for sure so you can see how much...
chicken stock or gravy mix that ended up with it's just kind of coming up on the edges but the top is not really um under it's not really covered so now i'm going to plug in the crock pot i'm going to
cookit on low for about five or six hours if you needed to
cookit faster you could certainly put it on high it's kind of like pam said it truly is almost a fool proof recipe it just turns out so well every time but i'll show you once it's done when we're ready to eat supper this evening so we're about to eat supper we've got the
steaki made this morning we've got mashed potatoes we've got fresh roast and ears fresh corn we've got some tomatoes and peppers from the garden and some homemade bread so it's going to be a real feast i wanted to show you the
steakyou can see how it makes its own gravy now if it gets too thick in the crock pot what you can do is add a little water even a little milk or something if you wanted to if you had more chicken stock you could add that and kind of stir it around and then pour it over top of the
steakwhen you serve it it's really good with mashed potatoes it's also really good with rice when i first learned how to make this from pam's been years ago now but when i made it and pap ate it for the first time he really liked it and i always remember i thought it was funny he told me it reminded him of the
steakthat he used he used to be a trucker he said it...
reminds me of the