Most people who know me know that I love cooking as much as I can from scratch. Sometimes though, like today, I had to give myself a little pass. It has been a horribly busy week with no relief in sight. Cooking is usually my way to de-stress and wind down but the thought of cooking this week just made me feel more exhausted. On nights like these, I can still offer my family some delicious comfort food, but in a way that makes my evenings a little bit easier.
Growing up my Mom had four kids to feed on a single-parent’s budget. She was never able to serve us the choice cuts of beef (in fact, I really can’t ever remember a night where we actually ate “real steak”) but every once in a while, she would treat us to a cube steak dinner and it was one of my favorites.
Tonight I decided to treat my family to their own cube steak dinner with a recipe I cooked up that included some great ways to cheat and still get that home-cooked flavor!
Weeknight Cube Steak With Gravy
- 6 Cube Steaks
- 2 Packets of McCormick Brown Gravy Mixes + 2 Cups Water
- 1 Large Onion Cut in half and sliced
- Flour for dredging steaks
- Season All (I use Morton)
- About 2 TBLS of oil for frying
- Start by seasoning your steaks (both sides) with Season All. I love using this seasoning on meats when I’m in a hurry. No extra salt, pepper, garlic, or anything else, just Season All!
- Dredge steaks in flour. I found I missed a couple spots on my steaks while I was seasoning them so as I dredged, I added seasoning to places I had missed.
- After all your steaks have been successfully floured, set them aside to fry.
4. In a large, deep frying pan, cover just the bottom of your pan with vegetable oil and heat over medium.
5. Once the pan is good and hot fry three of your steaks about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove the steaks and fry the other three the same way. Remove steaks and set aside.
6. Whisk the McCormick gravy packets and the 2 cups of water into the frying pan, being careful to scrape up the bits on the bottom as you go. As soon as the gravy is simmering, place the cooked steaks back into the pan with the gravy and top with sliced onion. I like to push my onion down into the gravy so they get a more caramelized texture. Cook about 5 more minutes or until steaks are heated through.