Looking for an easy and cost-effective meal that will delight your taste buds? Your search ends with the budget-friendly slow cooker cubed steak. This recipe elevates ordinary, affordable cubed steak into succulent, well-seasoned chops. Armed with just a handful of ingredients and a reliable slow cooker, you can whip up a hearty dish that will have your family asking for seconds.
Prepare to be astonished as basic cubed steaks undergo a marvelous transformation within the confines of the slow cooker. Immersed in a pool of delectable sauces, these cubes undergo a magical metamorphosis. Simmering gently over time, they soak up the exquisite flavors of the rich concoction, resulting in tender, delectable bites of sheer delight.
One of our cherished economical secrets? The use of steak cubes.
Why do we opt for cubed meat?
Traditional steak typically refers to thick cuts of beef sourced from tender sections of the animal, renowned for their tenderness, marbling, and flavor. On the flip side, cube steak (sometimes referred to as “micro steak”) consists of thinly sliced beef that has been mechanically tenderized, often derived from tougher cuts. This tenderizing process imparts a unique texture with distinctive cubic patterns on the surface.
While regular steaks are commonly cooked using high-heat methods to maintain their tenderness, cube steaks are frequently employed in dishes demanding longer cooking periods to achieve that desired tenderness, such as stews and casseroles. A classic steak is savored on its own, whereas cubed steaks present an economical dining option that seamlessly combines flavor and budget-friendliness (just what we’re aiming for here!).
- 4 steak cubes
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 can (10.5 ounces) French Onion Soup
- (10.75 ounce) can of cream of chicken soup
- 1 packet of mixed broth
1. Get a 6-quart slow cooker. Combine soup with broth mixture and water. Mix well.
2. Place the meat cubes in the sauce mixture, making sure they are evenly coated.
3. Cover the slow cooker and cook the steaks over low heat for 6-8 hours.
4. Toward the end of the cooking time, prepare to thicken the sauce. You can certainly skip this step, but here we like a thicker sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together equal parts cornstarch and cold water (about 2-3 tablespoons each). Stir the mixture into the slow cooker.
5. Increase the setting to high and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
6. Serve and Enjoy !