So it all started when I asked the folks what they wanted for dinner. That’s like usually like pulling teeth, but there we were in August: temperature 96 degrees. My Dad immediately said “Swiss Steak.”
So often one thing leads to another, and so it was when I made Shrimp & Grits with a Cajun Gastrique not too long ago! My sister came to visit shortly after and while she missed the Shrimp and Grits, she proposed we make Grillades. It was a good call and we were off on yet another New Orleans inspired adventure!
So you’ve bought a package of Filet Mignon to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Use this recipe. But what if you just thought you bought that pricey cut at a great price and when you opened the package it wasn’t what you expected? The lovely bacon wrapped Filet is firm and dense!
Steak is rare in the Frugal Household. 🙂 Seldom eaten, it’s usually one of the cheaper cuts, and it’s given all the help it can get. This one is flavored with a Chili Lime marinade and slathered with a Honey Chipotle glaze – you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven!
My Mom (rest her soul) was a fantastic cook. Sure, she got sidetracked into some of the weirdness in the 60’s – Porcupine Balls, Tuna Casserole and Shake and Bake but later really found her “groove.” These Beef Rouladen, as she called them, were a family favorite – made on afternoons when she cooked for the sheer joy of it.
In our family, one of my Mom’s frequent Sunday meals was Swiss Steak. We lived only a block from Church and often walked, and I remember coming home to Swiss Steak in the oven. The smell wafted through the old house, greeting us the moment the door was opened.
It’s often said by “experts” in the field of nutrition that there are no “bad” foods, but I do have to wonder about Chicken Fried Steak – it just tastes so darned good! A huge fave of child number 2’s, when his birthday rolls around, I pull out the cast iron and go to town. Or maybe to country?
A light hand transforms this often ordinary and rather lackluster buffet staple into a gorgeous dish of flavorful beef, tender/crisp peppers and glistening tomatoes. Minutes to make, Beef with Bell Peppers and Tomatoes has long been one of our family’s go to dishes in mid to late summer when the tomatoes and peppers are in season.
Beef can be a budget buster; look for cuts that can be stretched with sides, cuts that can come to the table more than once & great sales. Many dishes may be made with more than one type of beef.