Monday, September 1, 2014

Italian Round Steak

I have always made round steak the same way.  It was comfort food, especially in the fall in my family.  Mom would make it with mashed potatoes, squash and sliced tomatoes.  This represented a Sunday dinner when growing up.  Loved it then and I still do.  I bought some round steak (and squash) fully intending to recreate this meal.  Well...I got a little sidetracked in the kitchen.  Not the first time, nor the last I'm sure.  But I came up with a nice new recipe that would go well on pasta or rice more than mashed potatoes.

Italian Round Steak

1 1/2# eye of round steak, thin sliced
8 oz tomato sauce
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tsp oregano
1/4 cup onions, minced
1/2 cup green pepper, small diced
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Flour mixture to dredge steak in ~

1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Cut round steak in small, serving size pieces.  Mix the above 3 ingredients together.  Heat 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan.  When the pan and oil is hot, dredge the steak on both sides and place in the pan.  Lightly brown on both sides before putting in the crock pot.  Add the smashed garlic cloves, green pepper and onions in the pan and lightly cook before adding to the crock pot.  In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, sugar and spices.  Pour over the round steak.  Cook on medium low for 8 hours.

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