100th POST: Mama’s Cube Steak with Gravy Revisited
Comfort food under pressure, literally. Mama’s Cube Steak with Gravy is made in a hurry using your pressure cooker. Try this for dinner tonight!
A little over three years ago, Chefs -N- Giggles started out with a cell phone for photos and our first post. We have come a long way since then! Today we are celebrating another milestone in C-N-G history: our 100th POST!
We have shared a lot of our favorite recipes and tips with you over the last three years. To date, our #1 recipe post at Chefs-N-Giggles continues to be Mama’s Cube Steak with Gravy. It was picked by YOU, our fans. We’ve had this post shared over 200 times on Facebook and over 9,100 times on Pinterest! WOW!!
When we first posted about this dish, I spoke of how it brought back memories of my childhood. No matter what is going on in my life, I can always depend on this dish to take me back to a time of simple pleasures. A time when sitting down to dinner with my Dad, Mom, and Sister was an everyday occurrence. There were no cell phones or tablets to take our attention away from the table. Dad, on most nights, would even turn the TV off so we could enjoy this time together.
Over the past three years, we’ve had many comments and suggestions on the recipe. We wanted to take this opportunity to share the post again. We also wanted to share those comments and suggestions with you. So here are just a few that we’ve gotten over time:
We hope that you get a chance to try this recipe. If you do, let us know how it turns out. Leave us a comment below, or post a picture when you try it on Instagram, #MamasCubeSteak! We’d love to hear from you too!
- 6 Tbs. flour
- Salt and pepper
- 2 lbs. cube steak, cut in 1 inch pieces
- 4 Tbs. Canola oil, to start
- 2¼ C water (or beef broth)
- On a plastic cutting board, cut the cube steak into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
- In a shallow dish or pie plate, add 6 tablespoons of flour and add salt and pepper to season the flour. Just eyeball it. I use a table blend of salt, pepper and garlic powder that comes already mixed. If you like a little heat, a couple of dashes of cayenne pepper wouldn’t hurt.
- Mix well with a fork, or your fingers.
- In a large skillet, heat 4 tablespoons of canola oil on medium high. While the oil is heating, place ⅓ to ½ of the steak pieces into the seasoned flour and coat well.
- Shake off the excess flour and add to the skillet. Sauté for a few minutes on each side, just enough to brown the meat.
- Using a slotted spoon or a kitchen spider, carefully remove the meat and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Repeat with the remaining meat, in two or three batches. The purpose of doing this in batches is so the meat browns in the oil. If you crowd the skillet, the meat will steam and you won’t get the crunchy outer bits. You may need to add another tablespoon of oil between batches.
- Once all the meat is browned, add it all to the pressure cooker vessel. It’s okay to leave or add the remaining heated oil.
- Sprinkle the leftover seasoned flour over the meat.
- Add 2 and ¼ cups of water. I use beef broth for extra flavor.
- Gently mix the ingredients.
- If using an electric pressure cooker, as I do, close and lock the lid. Select the high pressure setting and set the timer for 20 minutes. Make sure the pressure regulator is on the full pressure setting. The electric cooker will begin heating and pressure will build slowly. The timer will not start running until the cooker comes to full pressure.
- Note: For a traditional pressure cooker with rocker regulator, close and lock the lid and turn heat on high. Make sure the pressure regulator is on full pressure setting, if that is an option. Once the cooker comes to pressure (the rocker starts rocking!), cook for 20 minutes. So the total cook time will be similar regardless of which cooker you use.
- After 20 minutes at full pressure, if using a stove top pressure cooker, release the pressure using the quick-release or cold water method. If using an electric cooker, there should be a quick-release setting on the lid. When the cooker lid unlocks, remove the lid and stir mixture.
- Serve over rice with your favorite side dish!