Smothered Round Steak
photo by Juenessa
- Ready In:
- 1hr 15mins
- 2 lbs round steaks (London broil, chuck, or round roasts may also be used)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper, Ground
- 1 teaspoon red pepper, Ground
- 1 teaspoon white pepper, Ground
- all-purpose flour (dredging)
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 medium onions, chopped
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 1 cup beef stock or 1 cup water
- Season the meat with one half of the salt and peppers.
- Dust with flour on all sides.
- Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or other large heavy pot over medium-high heat, add the meat, and brown well on all sides.
- Remove the meat and pour off all but 1 teaspoon of the oil.
- Add half the onions, bell peppers, celery, and the other half of the seasonings, and the stock or water.
- Stir well and reduce the heat to the lowest possible point.
- Return the meat to the pot and cover with the remaining vegetables.
- Cover and let cook until the meat is very tender, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Serve the meat in slices, with rice alongside and the gravy over all.
- When you try this recipe with other kinds of meat, be sure to adjust the cooking times accordingly--let tenderness be your guide.
- For extra flavorful meat, try larding with slivers of garlic before smothering.
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This was a very good principle recipe. By that I mean you can tweak spices to your liking but, as is it is yummy. I have modd'd this with a sprinkle of cayenne, tossed in dried parsley, and some nice deep cumin. You can use this same "technique" and make wonderful stew like dishes. I think this is the ultimate comfort food for beginners. Thank You JULEZ!!!!!
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