Swiss Steak

Swiss Steak

Dive into Comfort: Savory Swiss Steak Braised to Perfection

Imagine a tender round of beef roast cloaked in a golden brown crust and bathed in a rich, flavorful sauce. This is not your average steak; it’s Swiss Steak, a timeless classic that warms the soul and fills the belly with pure comfort.

Seasoned for Success:

The journey begins with a generous rub of dry mustard, salt, and pepper, infusing the beef with savory depth. A light dusting of flour seals the deal, creating a canvas for golden brown perfection.

Seared to Delight:

Hearty shortening gets sizzling hot in a Dutch oven, ready to embrace the seasoned beef. Each sizzle promises flavor as the meat sears to a beautiful golden crust, locking in its juices and adding another layer of richness.

A Simmering Symphony:

Next comes the magic. Canned tomatoes, their tangy sweetness punctuated by the warm notes of brown sugar, form the base of the sauce. A splash of Worcestershire sauce adds a touch of umami magic, while chopped onions and carrots melt into the broth, contributing their unique sweetness and texture.

Braised to Tenderness:

The Dutch oven becomes a haven for slow simmering, where the beef bathes in the flavorful broth for an hour or two. With each passing minute, the meat becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender, infused with the essence of the sauce.

A Feast for the Senses:

When the time comes, slice the Swiss Steak with a satisfyingly soft thud. Spoon the rich, caramelized sauce over the tender meat and let the aroma of comfort fill the air. Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley for a pop of color, then dig in.

Every bite is a revelation. The tender beef mingles with the tangy-sweet sauce, the crisp-tender vegetables offer a textural contrast, and the warmth of the dish washes over you like a hug. It’s a symphony of flavors and textures, a testament to the magic that happens when simple ingredients are treated with love and care.

So, gather your loved ones, pull up a chair, and let Swiss Steak transport you to a world of culinary comfort. With every forkful, you’ll savor the taste of home, the joy of shared meals, and the undeniable magic of a dish that warms the soul from the inside out.

Pro Tip: Serve your Swiss Steak over creamy mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort food experience.

Swiss Steak

Swiss Steak
A vintage clipped recipe for Swiss Steak, made with a round of beef roast, dry mustard, salt, pepper, flour, onions, carrots, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and canned tomatoes
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  • 2.5-3 pound round of beef
  • 1.5 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1.5 cups onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 cups canned tomatoes


  • Buy a 2 1/2 – 3 pound piece from the round of beef, about 1 – 1 1/2 inch thick.
  • Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper with 3/4 cup flour.
  • Pound the seasoned flour into the beef with a meat pounder or edge of a saucer.
  • Don’t spare the rod and spoil the beef.
  • Work as much flour in as you can, and with patience and elbow grease, you’ll get most of it in. Takes both.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons shortening in a skillet or Dutch oven.
  • Brown the meat well on all sides in the hot shortening.
  • Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups sliced onions and 2 carrots, diced, over the beef.
  • Add 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce and 2 teaspoons brown sugar to 3 cups canned tomatoes and pour over the meat.
  • Cover and bake 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours in a moderately slow oven, 325-degrees.
  • When the beef is tender, lift it on a hot platter and garnish with sauteed mushrooms caps, if you wish a dressier dish.
  • Skim the fat from the sauce, if need be, and thicken to a smooth consistency.
  • Serve the sauce on and with the meat and you have Swiss steak.

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Meat Pounder
Dutch Oven
Large Dutch Oven
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, Pot Roast, Roast, Swiss Steak

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