Sherman, set the Wayback Machine for 72 hours ago!
What’s the opposite of Sneak Peek? A lot of times my Wednesday posts are Sneak Peek posts, but this week I am kind of putting the finishing touches on the past weekend’s post, since I posted it before I had the final, plated, photo.
The internet wasn’t very helpful on this point. So, redux it is.
Anyway, as I’ve mentioned, our continuing heat wave here has forced me to be an early riser so I can get cooking in the morning on weekends, before the temps inside our apartment reach 90 degrees. I think I have also mentioned before that we have no air conditioning. When renting an apartment in the area where I live, the landlords are fond of saying “Oh, you don’t need it. It’s nice and cool near the ocean!”
Um, maybe in the ocean, but not two miles away, and certainly not this year.
Anyway, because of this wacky schedule, I often post my recipe before I actually have it on the plate for serving so that I can get the recipe up in a timely manner, so the original post doesn’t have a nicely plated (well, nicely for me) recipe complete with serving suggestion photo.
So, I guess I have said all that to say this. Here is a picture of my swiss steak, as served on Sunday evening.
Even though it was a little warm by the time we were eating this, it seemed to be one of my wife’s favorite things that I have made recently.
And she told me that when she was warming it up at work for lunch the next day she was getting a lot of “That smells good!” type comments.
Sometimes it is difficult for me to be objective because these recipes are all my babies and I love them all. Well, except for that middle recipe. It’s the black sheep.
And if you missed the recipe on the weekend, you can find it right here.
I don’t know if there is actually anything Swiss about this dish. According to Wikipedia there actually is a way of preparing steak in Switzerland that is similar to this, but I don’t know if I’m buying it.
My guess is that tenderizing the meat by poking holes in it recalls Swiss Cheese, but that is just my guess.
This is something I grew up with. I don’t think I have seen it once since I have been on the West Coast, but in Michigan we probably had it once a week or so the entire time I was growing up.
Speaking of the West Coast, temperatures are still in the nineties, so once again I got up early to do my cooking. I have posted salad recipes for the past few weeks, but from what I hear, it is actually seeming like Autumn in parts of the country (and the rest of the world), so I thought I would prepare something a bit more Autumn-y for those of you not sweating in a hot apartment.
I used top round, but bottom round or chuck will work fine. Sirloin would work, but that’s getting into spendy territory, which you are probably trying to avoid if you are making this type of dish.
Start by taking 1-1/2 to 2 pounds of meat and cut into serving-size pieces, which would probably be 4 pieces for 1-1/2 pounds and about 6 pieces for 2 pounds. I did this by cutting my steak in half, so I have two pieces. Now, cut each of these pieces horizontally through the center so that it is half as thick as before. The goal is to end up with four equal-sized pieces, which I failed miserably at.
Now, go to town on them with one of these poundy poky things:
You don’t need to get it super-thin, you just want to get all the meat to a fairly uniform thickness.
Slice a couple small onions. I used “The Widowmaker” (my nickname for my mandoline). This will make short work of those onions (and anything else that you might get a little too close to it).
Slice a large green pepper into thin strips and press a couple cloves of garlic.
The “smoky” part of this Swiss Steak comes from using fire-roasted tomatoes and smoked paprika.
In a couple tablespoons of coconut oil (or any cooking oil), brown the steak lightly on both sides. It is pretty thin at this point, so you don’t want to overdo it. Do a couple at a time so you don’t overcrowd the pan. Remove to a plate.
Add the onions and peppers to the pan (adding a bit more oil if necessary) and sauté until they start to soften a bit. Toss in the garlic and continue to sauté for another minute or so.
Add just a splash of red wine to deglaze the pan. Now, pour in a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, a tablespoon of tomato paste, some Worcestershire sauce, the smoked paprika, a little dried thyme and some salt and pepper.
Add the meat to the pan and toss in a couple bay leaves.
Lock the cover on the pan and turn heat to high.
Bring it to high pressure, then adjust heat to maintain high pressure.
Set the time for 20 minutes.
When the time is up, remove from heat and let pressure come down on its own for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
If you would like the sauce a bit thicker, put over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until it cooks down to desired thickness.