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We buy most of our meat from an all natural farm so we get a variety package of beef and I end up with cuts I'm not used to cooking with. All I know that people do with cubed steak is make chicken fried steak. That's really fattening (especially the cream gravy that goes along with it) and I don't want to make it, but I don't want to let this meat go to waste.<br><br>
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We also buy our meat the same way, and always have lots of cube steak left at the end of the year. Some of the ways I use it, though, are to slice it very thin and use in stir fries or in fajitas and tacos (slice thin and marinate for a few hours and that helps to tenderize some). I also have made the following recipe and it was pretty yummy... The steaks are breaded and fried, but not in a whole lot of oil, so maybe it's a choice that will work for you.<br><br>
Cube Steak Parmigiana<br>
3 tablespoons flour<br>
1/2 teaspoon salt<br>
1/4 teaspoon pepper<br>
1 egg<br>
1 tablespoon water<br>
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated<br>
1/3 cup crackers, crushed (can use saltine, but I usually use a whole wheat cracker, like Akmaks)<br>
1/2 teaspoon basil<br>
1 tablespoons vegetable oil<br>
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce<br>
1 clove garlic, minced<br>
1/2 teaspoon oregano, divided<br>
3 slices mozzarella cheese, halved<br>
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese<br>
4 cube steaks<br><br>
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a plate combine flour, salt, and pepper. In a pie plate, combine, beaten egg and water. On another plate combine Parmesan cheese, Saltines, and basil. Dip steaks in flour mixture, then egg mixture and then roll in cheese mixture. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Brown steaks on both sides. Remove to a greased casserole dish or baking pan. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Drain any pan juices. Combine tomato sauce, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon of the oregano. Pour over steaks. Bake 20 minutes longer. Place mozzarella cheese on steaks. Sprinkle with Parmesan and remaining oregano. Return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
 

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I try to keep it simple...<br><br>
I used to put the cubes in a roast pan(with a cover), put onion soup powder and a can of mushroom soup on top, add carrots and potatoes, a cup of water (or 1/2 red wine 1/2 water for a more "classy"meal) and Voilà! I'd put that in the oven for a slow cooking at 300 or 325.<br><br>
Now, I brown my cubes after they've been in a seasonned flour mix (use spices and herbs you like - but no salt as it makes the meat harder) and I put them in my cast iron casserole with a big can of tomatoes. Cover. Put in the oven at 300 or 325. I serve this either with veggies or on top of pasta.
 

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My mother used to panfry the steaks with a bit of garlic and onion and serve as a sandwich on a crusty bread. No breading and just a bit of oil to keep from sticking. Served with beef stock for dipping. So easy.
 

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Thanks for the ideas. We've already defrosted them so I need for tomorrow night. I'm not sure yet which one I'll use, but they all look good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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Swiss Steak is also good, easy, and better for you than chicken-fried steak. Dredge the cubed steak in seasoned flour, brown in a small amount of oil in a large frying pan. Remove steak from pan and saute a large onion, sliced into thin rings, in the remaining oil. Add a big can (28 ounces or so) of diced tomatoes and return the steak to the pan. Simmer until the sauce thickens and serve over rice or noodles.<br><br>
Yum. I can't wait until the weather cools down enough for me to cook indoors again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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You can also chicken-fried-steakitize it, but serve it with green salsa, rather than gravy.<br><br>
OT: do you get your meat from Pai Dom? We've got some cube steak in our freezer from them! (along with a few rump or chuck roast cuts - just about time to reorder!).
 
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