Country Style Steak

Total Time:
3 hr 10 min
40 min
2 hr 30 min

4 to 6 servings


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Cut the meat with the grain into 1/2-inch thick slices and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Place the flour into a pie pan. Dredge the pieces of meat on both sides in the flour. Tenderize the meat, using a needling device, until each slice is 1/4-inch thick. Dredge in the flour again and set aside.

Add enough of the vegetable oil or bacon fat to just cover the bottom of a 4 to 5-quart Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the steaks to the pan, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook until golden brown on both sides, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove the steaks to a plate and repeat until all of the steaks have been browned.

Remove the last steaks from the pot and add the chicken broth and thyme and whisk until the liquid just comes to a boil. Return the steaks to the pot and make sure they are all submerged in the liquid. Cover the pot and place it in the oven on the middle rack. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the meat is tender and falling apart.

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    This was the best country style steak I have ever made! My husband loved it, too. It was very easy to prepare. Thanks Alton!
    Outstanding. I had 3 lbs of beef, so I upped the broth to 2 cans, and we had plenty of gravy to spare. Flavorful, and we didn't need a knife to cut the meat. Definitely a do-again.
    Has become one of my family's favorites!
    I have made this several times. It is a very tasty recipe and easy to make. I use a 10 inch cast iron skillet and make for 2 people. I tend to use more chicken broth than called for to make a gravy. I have also cooked this on the stove at low heat for 2 hrs, covered.
    What could possibly be better than this dish? You get home from work, put it together in no time, use one pot, put it in the oven and go sit on the deck and have a glass of wine while it cooks. In two hours you have something so good you'll smack your lips. At least that is what my husband did and then he declared it the best country style steak ever. It is perfect. Thank you chef. We have been fans for years and never disappointed. I served it over white rice with snow peas. I lucked up and got the cubed steak buy one get one free, so I went back to the grocery store and stocked up for future country style steak.
    Simple and tasty. I love the fact that I can brown and braise in a single pan, and the gravy came together beautifully for me. I used some sprigs of fresh thyme instead of dried, which gave it a great flavor and was easy to fish the springs out before service. My toddlers and teen loved the steak, and my husband said it was the most tender cube steak he's ever eaten. Definitely going to add this to my usual dinner rotation.
    Thanks Alton, for another great Dutch Oven recipe...... and because the initial prep is so similar to your Swiss Steak recipe - that makes it even better! I love both!!!
    My husband says this is the best cube steak he has ever eaten. I did alter the recipe slightly by using beef broth and beef consume instead of chicken broth. Thanks, Alton for another great recipe that will continue to please my family.
    This recipe is BEST! Though I had few addition of onion & garlic. Then I was in a hurry so I cooked it under the temp of 350 for 1 hr & 15 mins but it still turned out great. Thank you Alton for sharing your talent!
    This recipe is fantastic! I use it at least every other week. Fantastic! The taste is perfect. Depending on the chicken stock you use, be careful with the salt. I like to add extra pepper too, but everyone's taste is different. The steak always comes out fork tender and moist! I have also used this recipe in my crock pot. All the liquid does not absord like in the oven, but it gives a great gravy!!
    I'm a work full time, so to save time, I use cubed steak. This recipe is excellent! Definitely a fall favorite around my house. :
    But I use beef broth. Favorite!!
    Absolutely fabulous! This tastes just like the country steak my mom used to make when I was a kid. The only alteration I made was that I added 1 tsp crushed garlic to the liquid before putting the steaks back in. My family loved this one, and my kids are so picky about what they eat. A definite keeper!
    I could not believe how flavorful and tender this was for such an easy recipe! I used cubed steak and believe me, this will become a staple in my recipes. I sent to my sister too.

    This is an awesome recipe!! My entire family LOVES it. We make it with my mom's special mashed potatoes (with sauteed onions) and an Armenian side salad (garlic, lemon, EVOO, salt for the dressing). Delicious every time!!!
    Fantastic!! And for a quicker version, I tried it with Minute Steaks and some onion, oh-so-good!
    Way to go Alton... I prepared this meal for my family tonight, and it was EXCELLENT!!! Everone was extremely happy with it, and WE couldn't stop eating it! I highly recommend this recipe, and I plan on making it again in the near future. The only thing I done differently was I added minced garlic. Again, thank you Alton...
    Love. love, love this recipe. The only change I made was to cut back on the thyme. Just a litte to much for my taste. I will make this recipe again and again.
    This recipe is great as is, but after making it several times and reading the reviews I find that a few sprigs of fresh thyme and a stick of rosemary really help. In addition I switched to beef broth and added some onions too. Make a gravy with the juices, adding butter and flour, Fork tender and delicious, serve with real mashed potatoes.
    I have made this several times now and it only gets better. I also use a little onion and garlic in the sauce and everybody who tries it thinks I worked for hours. I bought the dutch oven because of alton and love the slow cooked flavor this meal has. We serve it with rice and steamed veggies. Just don,t let Alton know I use a rice cooker for the rice and veggies.
    With the price of beef these days it is a great flavouful way to make your $'s streach. easy to put together and goes with a lot.
    A simple and classic dish--I love this recipe.
    I can't get enough of this steak. I don't actually cube my own steak like he does in the show. I just buy cube steak. But it's still awesome. Sometimes I add a little chopped onion and mushrooms to the broth.
    What a easy recipe. Just like granny use to make. THANKS Alton you the man!
    I followed directions exactly came out great. If you like this one try Altons Chicken fried steak its fantastic!
    So few ingredients, easy, and delicious. Just as Alton said, "cuts like butta".
    Excellent, loved by everyone! and very easy
    I love this dish and the recipe I have been using is very complicated.
    It turns out good but has so many steps I rarely make it .
    I knew there had to be an easier recipe!!
    I cannot wait to make this !!!!
    My husband liked it better than meatloaf and meatloaf is one of his favorites. I may make it again Saturday for my daughter and her husband. It would be a good recipe for to cook as she is just learning.
    Well, I've tried this a few times, starting with the original recipe, which was great, and then 'enhancing' it. Personally, I don't think the meat needs to be tenderized at all. The last time I made it, I bought fairly thick sliced bottom round, didn't hammer it, or use a tenderizer, and it came out perfect ... cut with a fork. If it's cooked for 2hrs on low heat, I don't see the need, except that the texture is a little different perhaps.

    I also add some red wine to replace some of the stock, and this makes for a very rich and tasty gravy. Garlic is also a good addition.

    Overall it's a great recipe, and tastes like it's much more complicated to create!

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