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Well, as January comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on 2012; time to look at 2013; TIME FOR COMFORT FOOD!!! While it’s always time for comfort food, the winter season always makes me yearn for my mama’s cube steak with gravy. She always had a way of making me feel better when she prepared this. When I got out on my own, the ONE dish that I really wanted to learn to make; really NEEDED to learn to make, was my Mama’s Cube Steak with Gravy!  With some guidance from mama and my own techniques, here is where I stand with it.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 6 T flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 lb cube steak, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 4 T Canola oil, to start
  • 2 1/4 C water (or beef broth)
  • Pressure cooker

Slice the meat

On a plastic cutting board, cut the cube steak into 1-inch pieces.  Set aside.

Add flour

In a shallow dish or pie plate, add 6 tablespoons of flour and add salt and pepper to season the flour.  Just eyeball it.  I use a table blend of salt, pepper and garlic powder that comes already mixed. If you like a little heat, a couple of dashes of cayenne pepper wouldn’t hurt.

Mix Flour, Salt, Garlic Pepper

Mix well with a fork, or your fingers.

Coat meat

In a large skillet, heat 4 tablespoons of canola oil on medium high.  While the oil is heating, place 1/3 to 1/2 of the steak pieces into the seasoned flour and coat well.

Brown Meat

Shake off the excess flour and add to the skillet. Saute for a few minutes, just enough to brown the meat.

Remove meat to drain

Using a slotted spoon or a kitchen spider, carefully remove the meat and place on a paper towel-lined plate.

Repeat

Repeat with the remaining meat, in two to three batches.  The purpose of doing this in batches is so the meat browns in the oil.  If you crowd the skillet, the meat will steam and you won’t get the crunchy outer bits.  You may need to add another tablespoon of oil between batches.

TIP: If you are using a traditional stove top pressure cooker, you can brown the meat in the pressure cooker instead of in a separate skillet.  I have found that if using an electric pressure cooker, when you brown the meat using the “browning” setting, the cooker will not cook the correct amount of time.

Add to cooker

Once all the meat is browned, add it all to the pressure cooker vessel.  It’s okay to leave or add the remaining heated oil.

Add remaining flour

Sprinkle the leftover seasoned flour over the meat

Add beef broth

Add 2 and 1/4 cups of water.  I use beef broth for extra flavor.

Mix ingredients

Gently mix the ingredients.

Set temperature

If using an electric pressure cooker, as I do, close and lock the lid. Select the high pressure setting and set the timer for 20 minutes. Make sure the pressure regulator is on the full pressure setting.  The electric cooker will begin heating and pressure will build slowly. The timer will not start running until the cooker comes to full pressure.

Note: For a traditional pressure cooker with rocker regulator, close and lock the lid and turn heat on high.  Make sure the pressure regulator is on full pressure setting, if that is an option.  Once the cooker comes to pressure (the rocker starts rocking!), cook for 20 minutes.  So the total cook time will be similar regardless of which cooker you use.

After 20 minutes at full pressure, if using a stove top pressure cooker, release the pressure using the quick-release or cold water method.  If using an electric cooker, there should be a quick-release setting on the lid.  When the cooker lid unlocks, remove the lid and stir mixture.

Finished meal

The seasoned flour and water make a delicious “gravy” for the steak bits.  Serve over rice.  This recipe will serve four, unless I get to it first! And the leftovers are even better (when there are leftovers).

Thanks Mama!!!

Chef Daman

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