Despite the name, this Easy Swiss Steak tastes like All-American food to me. This hearty cube steak recipe is easy to make, low in fat, and just right to warm up with on a cool evening.
I was all ready to talk about how this Easy Swiss Steak would be perfect for a blue-plate special. Then I started thinking about where the name “blue-plate special” came from, which took me to Wikipedia of course. As it turns out, originally diners served these daily specials on blue divided plates like this one:
Well, that kinda ruins my plan seeing as how this Swiss steak is a one dish meal. Unless you wanted to be a weirdo and put rice in one compartment, carrots and onions in another, and put the meat in the big part, it’s really not meant for a divided plate.
Instead of talking about how this meal is like a blue-plate special since it’s really not, let’s talk about how much I used to love divided plates. When I was a kid, if I could have had a divided plate at every meal (dinner at least), I would have been in heaven. Besides obvious things like red beans on rice or gravy on mashed potatoes, I didn’t like my food to touch. Not only did I like everything on my plate to be segregated, I also liked to eat one thing completely before moving on to the next. I’m glad to tell you that I now let my food touch on the plate. I even mix turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce all in one bite. This gives me hope that my picky kids will eat like normal people one day.
This Swiss steak is easy, low in fat, and loaded with tomato flavor. It tastes a bit like beef stew but with a different texture from the cube steaks instead of chunks of stew meat. It calls for a whole can of tomato paste, but it would also be great for using the rest of a can after you’ve used a tablespoon for something else and don’t know what to do with the rest. I haven’t tried this one in the slow cooker, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work great cooked on low all day. If you try it, let me know how it goes!
This 10″ iron skillet is my favorite pan for this recipe.
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