How do you turn cheap round steak into a Sunday dinner the family will remember for a long time? Pound it tender, add a dollop of richly seasoned sauce bright with artichokes and sundried tomatoes, and melt flavorful cheeses on top of it. Don’t be afraid of the long instructions – its not difficult. The sauce can be made ahead if you reserve the artichokes until just before serving.
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- 2 lbs round steaks (thin-cut)
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated asiago cheese
- olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
- 2 teaspoons beef base, and
- 1/2 cup water (or 1/2 cup beef drippings)
- 2 tablespoons vermouth
- 8 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped fine
- 1 dash cayenne chili pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 (12 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 4 -6 fresh mushrooms, sliced and browned in olive oil (optional)
- 1To prepare sauce: Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan. Saute onions until they start to pick up a bit of color.
- 2Reduce heat and add garlic, sautéing just a moment -- until the aroma begins to release.
- 3Add remaining sauce ingredients except artichokes and optional mushrooms. Bring to a boil.
- 4Simmer gently for 60-90 minutes, stirring occasionally or until flavors are well blended.
- 5Add artichokes (and optional mushrooms if desired), and simmer 5 minutes until well heated.
- 6Prepare spaghetti according to package directions.
- 7To prepare steaks: Cut into about 8 pieces. Pound pieces thin with the toothy side of the meat hammer. Heat oven to 400°F.
- 8Put 1/4 cup flour into a wide, shallow dish.
- 9Beat egg into milk in another shallow dish.
- 10Mix remaining flour with seasonings in another wide, shallow dish.
- 11Dip steak pieces into the plain flour, patting it into the dents. Dust off excess.
- 12Dip floured steak pieces into the egg-milk mixture.
- 13Bread the steaks with the seasoned flour.
- 14Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Fry steaks in batches until breading is golden.
- 15Arrange steaks in a large baking pan or two smaller ones. Top each steak with a dollop of sauce.
- 16Mix asiago and mozzarella cheese together. Spread cheese mixture over the steaks.
- 17Put in the oven for 7-12 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.
- 18Serve on a bed of spaghetti with extra sauce available at the table. (If you like your pasta with a lot of sauce on it you might want to make an extra half a batch).
- 19I suggest that you complete the meal with a salad of mixed greens with a simple, vinaigrette dressing and a loaf of crusty bread.
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Nutritional Facts for Country Fried Steak Italiano
Serving Size: 1 (454 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 660.2
- Calories from Fat 152
- Total Fat 16.9 g
- Saturated Fat 6.5 g
- Cholesterol 116.4 mg
- Sodium 909.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 79.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 7.6 g
- Sugars 9.5 g
- Protein 47.2 g
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