Traditional Style Swiss Steak

Recipe by Peg1933
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins




  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Grease interior of covered roasting pan or Dutch oven.
  • Cut round steak into serving size pieces (approximately 4 inch squares).
  • Sprinkle both sides of steak pieces with Aldolph's tenderizer.
  • Place flour into plastic zip lock bag and place on a chopping block (or if you don't mind the flour mess clean-up, just place half the flour on a sheet of waxed paper that's on top of a chopping block).
  • Place 4 or 5 pieces of steak into the bag of flour, turning over several times to coat, then using the edge of a dinner plate, pound the flour into the meat.
  • Do this to both sides several times.
  • Remove the "pounded and floured" meat, and continue with remaining pieces.
  • Heat heavy skillet until droplet of water rolls when dropped into hot skillet.
  • Now add the Crisco; when Crisco is melted, add the butter.
  • Quickly fry steak pieces, in batches, until browned good on both sides.
  • Remove to plate until all steak has been browned.
  • Lower heat, add onions and green peppers, about 1/4 tsp black pepper with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and scant 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Remember NOT to salt the steak if you've used Aldolph's tenderizer, but you do need to salt the onions and green pepper.
  • Cook the peppers and onions until lightly browned on edges.
  • Do not let burn!
  • Pour in the canned whole tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  • Break up tomatoes a bit with a spoon, leaving some in rather large pieces.
  • When this comes to a boil, remove from heat.
  • Pour tomato, green pepper, onion mixture into bottom of the greased roasting pan.
  • Place fried steak over the top.
  • Cover and bake 1 3/4 hours.
  • Check liquid about half way through baking time, add 1/4-1/2 cup water if necessary to keep sauce from drying out.
  • You want to maintain a gravy.
  • Serve in large "Country Style Bowl" with side dish of buttered and creamed mashed potatoes.
  • My family enjoys mayo cole slaw as the side dish with the Swiss Steak.
  • AND lots of bread and butter to dunk into the "gravy".