This recipe for Smothered Swiss Steak is pure comfort food at its finest. It’s at the top of my list for when there is a chill in the air, and I’m looking for something warm and cozy for supper.
Although you could prepare this Swiss Steak recipe by simmering it on the stove top, I like to make it by braising it in my enameled cast iron pot in the oven for a few hours. When it’s cold outside, it just makes my kitchen extra warm and inviting to have a pot full of something delicious slow-cooking in the oven. Oh, and the aroma! While these Swiss Steaks are in the oven simmering away, the whole house will be just amazingly fragrant with the aroma of home-cooked goodness!
I do tend to think of this recipe as something a bit old-fashioned (in a really good kind of way). This dish is something from my childhood, that my mom or grandma would prepare for a supper on a cold fall or winter evening. Back in those days, growing up in Pennsylvania, fall was just magical to me (hint: fall, in all it’s crisp-air, orange-hued, and pumpkin spice glory, is still my favorite!) Hearty, warming foods were standard fare on those crisp autumn, after-school evenings, and were definitely a part of the magic.
Aside from being a nostalgic kind of recipe, though, I think it’s also a bit old-fashioned because I use cubed steaks for this dish – cuts of beef that I really don’t see too often in modern recipes. I really believe these steaks deserve a revival, though, because cubed steaks are lean, just so tender (when cooked low and slow), and as an added bonus, they are totally inexpensive. I can buy grass-fed cubed steaks from the farm down the road cheaper than I can buy regular lean ground beef at the grocery store. If you can’t find cubed steaks, just substitute top round steaks (not too thick, please).
And the gravy for these steaks? It’s a beefy-tomato gravy, filled with tender bell peppers, onions, celery, and mushrooms. And here comes the “smothered” part – this rich, thick, savory gravy is just begging to be smothered, not just over the steak, but also over a scoop of mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or even rice. Truly down-home comfort food! Enjoy!
I shared this recipe over at Meal Plan Monday – be sure to visit there for more homemade recipes!