[Updated 2019 with new recipes] I read an interesting article on The New York Times site about beef cube steak and it mentioned that sales increased by 10% in the last quarter of 2008. This is surely a sign where the economy’s at and signaling a growing interest in budget cooking (you can read the article here: nytimes.com).
The cut is simply round steak that’s been pulverized a bit to make it more tender (you’ll see it packaged with little squares/indentations running through it). It’s sometimes confused with “minute steak” but it’s not as thinly cut as that is. It’s also quite lean with little fat or marbling (aka “not much flavor”). The challenge is how to cook it so that’s not only edible–but tasty too.
This Recipe Hit List collection offers nearly 20 dishes to try, some in the more traditional way (fried with gravy or as a slow-cooked meal), while others offer a tasty twist. Enjoy! (many of the summaries below contain quotes from the websites).
- Teriyaki Skewers: The marinade is a simple to make teriyaki sauce. Soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple juice, oil, garlic, and onions. Simple to make. Combine and then drench and soak the beef for an hour then begin skewering. BeyerBeware.
- With Lime Mojo: Mojo is a garlicky citrus sauce that’s popular throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. This lime-heavy version (most mojo is made with sour oranges, a tropical fruit) is a perfect marinade for cube steak, a quick-cooking cut of beef round. From Fine Cooking.
- Bites w/ Garlic Butter: If you’ve got meat lovers in your life, you HAVE to try these bites. They’re amazing simply eaten out of the pan with toothpicks, or serve them over mashed potatoes for a hearty dinner option. Dinner at the Zoo.
- Country Style – Instant Pot: Country Style is a favorite meal in many homes in the South. It is made with lightly battered meat that is cooked in a brown gravy and onions until tender. From A Fork’s Tale.
- With Onion Gravy: The whole meal can be made start to finish in about 20 minutes. I love to serve this over mashed potatoes to soak up all that yummy gravy with a side of peas. Are you a fan of peas mixed into your mashed potatoes? I love it! Spicy Southern Kitchen.
- Dijon: A bistro-style dish that is extra succulent. Suggests serving with hash browns & steamed broccoli. Epicurious.
- Roasted Tomato & Feta Saute: Baby spinach leaves, Italian parsley, prosciutto, fire-roasted tomatoes (canned), kalamata olives, crumbled feta…yum! From Publix Super Markets.
- Grilled Rollups: Put all ingredients into a blender and puree. Pour over meat in a glass dish or gallon zipper bag and place in the refrigerator 2-24 hours. Can be marinated up to three days for tough cuts. Bacon and cream cheese are added to complete the dish. From Amanda’s Cookin.
- Slow Cooker w/ Buttered Mushrooms: The crockpot turns an average steak into a tender and extremely flavorful meal with this recipe. From Sizzling Eats.
- Stuffed With Spinach & Gorgonzola: Dijon mustard, sherry vinegar, fresh thyme & rosemary are a few of the ingredients needed. Piedmontese.
- Parmigiana Style: If you’re tired of fried, this one dresses it up Italian-style with cheese, tomato sauce, basil and oregano. Taste Of Home.
- Cheese Sandwich: (Yields 2) Cheesesteak-style, made with fresh mozzarella, brown sugar, sliced onion, Worcestershire, butter, French/hoagie/deli rolls. From lol foodie.
- Shortcut Stew: It was like a rustic, minestrone type flavor. Made with onion, minced garlic, potatoes, a can of tomato puree/crushed tomatoes, bouillon, water, oregano, sage, parsley, Gravy Master, frozen green peas/mixed vegetables, chopped green pepper, Bisquick mix and milk (for dumplings). Dinner At Christina’s.
- Milanese: This cut is elevated to new heights in this recipe. The salad, with chopped arugula, basil, tomatoes and sharp Italian cheese, is the picture of summer simplicity; all it needs is olive oil and lemon to dress it. Eating Well.
- Southern Style with Milk Gravy: Smothered in a creamy and flavorful milk gravy, this dish is yet another bit of proof that simple food is often times the best! Southern Plate.
- Casserole: I have been making this delicious casserole for years. This dish is loved by everyone in our house. It smells so good while it is baking that you will be drooling to taste it. Dry soup mix, cream of mushroom soup (canned), water, Minute Rice (white or brown), flour, salt and pepper. Serendipity Bistro.
- Southwest Rolls: Cornbread stuffing mix, stewed tomatoes (can), diced green chilis (canned), chili powder. Eat at Home.
- Braised with Orange: Quick & easy, can be prepared in 45 minutes or less. Ingredients include vegetable oil, thinly sliced onion, freshly grated orange zest, minced garlic, low-salt broth, soy sauce. at Epicurious.
- Chicken Fried with Diced Potato Gravy: In this classic, the meat is dipped in an egg mixture then fried. From Food Network.