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Swiss steak was a family favorite

December 14, 2010

The recipe is from my Grandmother Louise. She used to make this for my birthday dinner every year. This brings back childhood memories and tastes so good.


— Courtesy of Hagerstown Lioness Club President Lou Ann Forrest. The group meets the first Thursday of each month at Academy Theater Banquet & Conference Center in downtown Hagerstown. For more information, call 301-733-0157.

Swiss steak

1 1/2 pounds thick, round steak

1 cup flour

About 1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

2 tablespoons flour

Cut round steak into portion-sized pieces. 

Put 1 cup flour on mixing bowl and pound flour into both sides of meat with a wooden mallet. 

Set pan with tight-fitting lid over high heat. Add oil to pan, enough oil to be 1/2 inch deep. When oil is hot, carefully add meat. Sprinkle salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons flour over meat. 


Brown meat over high heat on both sides, then add enough cold water to cover meat. 

Put lid on pan and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer at least 2 hours. Water will make gravy during cooking. Check every 15 minutes and whisk gravy to remove lumps. Add extra water as needed. 

Serves 4.

— Lou Ann Forrest

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