Swiss Steak is so tender and delicious, it comes together quick and is classic comfort food loved by all. However: Swiss Steak does not stem from Switzerland, as the name suggests, but from the technique of tenderizing by pounding or rolling, called “swissing”.
Just like Grannie, you can get out some frustrations with a mallet. I have to admit it’s a little therapeutic. I kinda really like it myself and I wasn’t even frustrated. Maybe this is why some people like punching bags, never gave it any thought personally, but there might be something beneficial there. Maybe it taps into some of that primal underlying stuff, who knows.
It only takes a couple minutes though, then dredge them through a little flour, flip them in the skillet a few minutes with some veggies, turn the heat down to simmer, have yourself a glass of wine, mash up some tators, cook a little corn, heat up some dinner rolls and dinner is done and on the table with a big satisfying smile on your face, cuz it was that easy and a little fun!
So whether it’s Sunday dinner, throwback Thursday dinner, or anytime you find inexpensive steaks (the kind that your afraid might be too tough), this works to tenderize them so well that you don’t need a steak knife at all. You can practically cut them with a fork.
You don’t need to turn the oven on, but if you want to, you can set them in the oven instead of simmering on the stove top, but when I made these it was 96 outside even though the leaves are just starting to fall. If you do put them in the oven, use an oven safe skillet or transfer to a baking dish, cover and set oven at 325 for about an hour.
If you’ve never had Swiss Steak, you’ll wish you had them way sooner, you might even be a little frustrated if your Momma never made them. Just saying, cuz they’re that good!
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