Country Style Steak

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

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds beef bottom round, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or bacon drippings
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

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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Very nice! For those of you looking for more gravy, ad a cup of cabernet to the broth. Think "Beef Burgundy!" I'm making this, again, tonight. Wish I'd thought to buy mushrooms but I think I'm going to carmalize onions to go over the top. But ... i'm just realizing I'm out of those, too! Darn it! Well, this is wonderful on its own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This works great with a pork loin, too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
we made this exactly as written -- absolutely amazing!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use 1 can (4oz) of Giorgio Chunky Style Portabella mushrooms and a vidalia onion, quartered, before putting in the oven. It...is...amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best country style steak I have ever made! My husband loved it, too. It was very easy to prepare. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Has become one of my family's favorites! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
But I use beef broth. Favorite!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic!! And for a quicker version, I tried it with Minute Steaks and some onion, oh-so-good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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... item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A simple and classic dish--I love this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a easy recipe. Just like granny use to make. THANKS Alton you the man! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed directions exactly came out great. If you like this one try Altons Chicken fried steak its fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So few ingredients, easy, and delicious. Just as Alton said, "cuts like butta". item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent, loved by everyone! and very easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 !!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe for me! I have problems eating red meat these days, but this one was so tender that these steaks didn?t bother me the least bit. I?ll be doing this one again, that?s for sure! And it was a very economical meal!! I?m thinking next time I will use beef broth, and some onions?hmmmmm? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This meat becomes so tender, you could pull it apart with a spoon! The sauce is nice and thick and rich and pairs perfectly with some farmhouse mashes potatoes! A super-easy meal that you can throw in the oven and come back to when it's done since it doesn't require constant supervision--my definition of the perfect Tuesday night dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My wife and I watch the show a lot, and I decided to give this one a try. It came out incredibly well. The meat was so tender it would fall apart if you looked at it the wrong way. Plus, there's a ton of ways you can build on this recipe to your own tastes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed recipe exactly which is really not my style but Alton is pretty exact with the whole taste and science instructions. This dish is a childhood favorite of my husband's, that his mother makes. Thanks to Alton, mine is better :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton I must say I was skeptical when I watched you make this on the show but after going step by step like I watched you do and adding a little of what I call love for the kitchen I made a excellent country style steak. The meat was so moist, juicy, and tender. The family ate every last bite and the leftovers were even better the next day. Thank you so much Alton for a great recipe that my entire family can enjoy. Will definately make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe except I cooked it for 1/2 hour in the pressure cooker. The meat was falling apart tender and tasted good. My two kids liked it, so we'll be having this again. David item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an incredibly basic recipe, but it yields a sublime and tasty dish. I enjoyed the steak with the sauce over a simple steamed rice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used cube steak for this recipe. For a relativly low priced cut - this is the best. Very easy and oh so tender. item not reviewed by moderator and published
6 yr old is very hard to please and the 4 yr old doesn't eat much meat. Both came back for seconds. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Didn't add that much oil/bacon grease. Did add mushrooms and onions!! Very Good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't change a thing and it was like buttah! Delicious comfort food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried both the swiss style and country style steak and my family said they were definite keepers. I added onions and mushrooms as advised by others and made more gravy. It was excellent. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw the episode earlier this week (thank you, TiVo), while I was shopping today I saw that cube steaks were on sale, the light bulb went on. Since the ingredient list was simple, getting everything wasn't a problem. Prep was easy, before long the house was filled with the smell of beef braising in the chicken broth. Two hours after getting everything in the oven, I was enjoying one of the most tender, flavorful pieces of beef ever. Next stop, the chicken fried steak from the same episode (while the local market still has cube steak on sale). item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton hits another home run with this one. Reminds me of some of the great southern restaurant foods of my childhood. could have used a little more gravy, but still great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched the Good Eats show with this recipe and stopped on the way home the next day to buy a bottom-round roast. The butcher cut it up for me and I followed the directions to tenderize it with the piercing tenderizer tool. It's incredibly easy to make, almost foolproof. After 1 3/4 hours the meat was fork tender and delicious. The only change I'd suggest is to throw in a pound or two of whole carrots for the last 45 minutes of baking. My wife came home just as I pulled this from the oven - she's impressed too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I got my 48-blade tenderizer as a birthday present and immediately proceeded to make this recipe. Wow...delicious...and the meat just melts in your mouth! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this looked so much more delicious when he made it on the show. It was just...OK. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I bought a needling device and love this recipe. I now use the needling device for many other recipes. I tried to do this in the crock pot, but the gravy didn't mix correctly so I had to take the juice and simmer on the stove. The meat still turned out very tender. I even use Buffalo for this dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved this! Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can't say enough about this recipe - down home goodness every time - works well in a crock pot, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really tasty and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
before I cooked the meal I looked at all of the reviews and worried that it might be bland so I added a tablespoon of (pre- chopped) garlic and it turned out great! Next time I am going to add mushrooms....My only problem was the sauce mine turned out really thin, because I added an extra cup of broth, but I didn't add extra time , just extra salt and pepper (my meat wasn't all the way covered other wise) I will just add more flour to thicken it up. I think its a great dish because its versatile in that you can vary it to your own taste. I love you Alton!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very impressed with how tender the bottom round was! There was no need for a knife. Flavor was good, but not great. I guess I can't complain, it was just a bottom round. I added quartered potatoes for the oven part. I then made mashed potatoes and gravy;-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is easy to make and has great flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
yum item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very good, but it tasted like a pork roast more so than a country style steak. We missed the crunch of a good battered piece of beef, and the sauce was a bit on the greasy side, even though I poured off what grease I could, without loosing any of those YUM-YUMS from the bottom, as Emeril calls them. We still had to make gravy, sauce just wouldn't do. But over all it wasn't that bad. Just not what WE think of as country style steak. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very very easy and tasted wonderful. I loved it and this recipe will good into my books for dinners during the week. It was so good my picky kids even ate it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out exactly as Alton described - delicious and completely fork-tender. My whole family loved it. I used cube steak from the store, which made the recipe extra-easy, too. My only (slight) criticism is that the recipe makes very little gravy, which you WILL want because it was tasty. You could use a bit more broth, or preferably make a batch of gravy separately. I made this with garlic red skinned smashed potatoes and it was a big hit. This will definitely be making a return to our dinner table. Next time I'm going to try it with pork cube steaks for a little something different. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't have alot of experience cooking with many cuts of meat but the first time I cooked this, it turned out fantastic! Even my 2 and 4 year olds found this dish tasty! This is now incorporated into our regular dinner meals. Thanks so much, Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple Easy Awesome Meat !!!!!! My husband is not a fan of round steak, but he loved this!! It was very tender and juicy!! Thank-you for making my so-so cooking talents taste so well!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves this recipe. I have only made this recipe with wild game such as elk and deer, and it works beautifully. You can't tell it's game at all! My daughter is a very picky eater, and this is now her favorite food! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bought a Jaccard brand 45 blade, removeable cartridge tenderizer (on ebay), followed the recipe exactly, came out so tender, amazing flavor. Served it with some garlic roast potatoes and asparagus, the whole family loved it. A real keeper of a recipe, AB has done it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
ALTON IS THE MAN!! When I get have a need to use my 48pin meat tenderizer, the first thing I go for is this country steak. Easy to make and soooooooo delicious. I cook mine at 275 for 2.5 hours and it comes out perfect. If you remove the lid off the dutch oven the last 30 minutes, you have a much nicer thickening of the sauce. (If you have the 48 pin tenderizer, try the swiss steak reciepe as well. Again, I sue item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very simple to make, and has great flavor. The second time I made it I chopped a large onion and added mushrooms as well, then served over smashed potatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, hearty dish for a cold winter day. It also makes you look like a pro when, in reality, it's so easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We really liked this. I use already tenderized round steaks from the grocery. It is easy but does take a while to prepare. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is very easy and tasty and quick if you use a pressure cooker instead of a dutch oven. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like most of the things Alton Brown does, but this recipe is extremely bland. Can't win 'em all... item not reviewed by moderator and published
The steaks turned out just as advertised, tender and delicious. The sauce had a bit too much thyme and I will adjust next time. I bought and used a cheaper 16pin tenderizer...worked great, but rather hard to clean afterwards. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoy good food that's not complex -- and this really is delicious. No knife needed. Catagory: comfort food! If you can spell YUM, you can do this ! I bought a "needle" type tenderizer and it worked well. (I bought 16 pin instead of the expensive 48 pin he recommened). item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! I bought beef round at the store because it was on sale, and I had no idea what to do with it. I don't own a needle- tenderizer, so I just stabbed it with a fork over and over again. When it was done, it was so tender, I easily cut it with my fork- it was like butter. Next time I'll add some mushrooms and onions for a little more flavor...this is a recipe I'll use over and over again. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first Alton recipe that didn't work out for me. The meat wasn't like butta but dry and tasteless, except for the flavor of thyme which was overpowering. I thought an entire teaspoon was too much and I was right. The juices didn't turn into gravy so I had to make a gravy out of it afterward but it just didn't have any flavor (except for thyme). The only reason why I gave it any stars at all is because I don't own a dutch oven so I used a different type of pan. Maybe if I had used a dutch oven.....? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making a recipe similar to this for years and before that my mother made it buying cubed steak from the grocery store. I had bought cubed steak from the store a few days ago and then saw this recipe of Alton Brown's. I made this recipe this evening for dinner. Outstanding!!! Much better than the recipe in my head from childhood which used water and recently beef broth but not cooked in the oven and not cooked for more than 45 min or an hour. I am not from the south but the northeast, Connecticut, and probably the original recipe was from my Yankee grandmother. This time I followed Alton's recipe, added more chicken broth and some onion powder and cooked it in the oven at least 1 1/2 hours. So much better than what I had been making before. Definitely the longer cooking time was the secret and the thyme was perfect. Next time I will saute some onions to add which I used to do. Served it with mashed potatoes and carrots (secret of good carrots: add a little sugar and butter after the carrots are drained and before you serve. My husband's Polish grandmother's carrots). My husband loved this recipe. It is the best. You need the gravy on your mashed potatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Takes some time to get the finished product, but it melts in your mouth like butta... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe because it's easy and very taste. My husband really liked it and I'll be adding it to our favorites. item not reviewed by moderator and published
=) item not reviewed by moderator and published
good recipe. slow cooking is the secret along with the tenderizer knife gadget. Best I've had in a long time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so good, that I cannot wait to try the other recipes from the same episode. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If prepared correctly, this dish is wonderful. However, you must have a needling device (such as a 48 blade meat tenderizer - search Google) or the dish will not be as good. A hammer just won't do the trick and, in fact, will cause the meat to be mushy rather than tender. Do it right and you'll be vastly rewarded. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe rendered the cube steak so tender! I've made country style steak all my life in the frying pan but no more -- AB's slow cooking in the oven resulted in cube steak that fell apart with a fork. I loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The stakes were really really good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy and fun to prepare. Great flavor, no knife required to eat. Will definitely continue to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband is the cook so he made this recipe. It was absolutely amazing. It was fork tender. I never thought chicken broth would taste so good. The gravy was beefy.I never thought it would taste, or look that way with using chicken broth. I am from the South, and this is better than Mom, or Grandma made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
At first I really thought Alton had gone off his rocker using chicken stock in this recipe but I must tell you the flavor is wonderful. This is a must to make and keep for dinner or lunch the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very satisfied,I will make it again. Even my kids enjoyed it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was a very interesting meal but very delitful it was very good and i loved it i recomend this to every body the one part that i loved about making this was beating the crap out of the meat haha item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great. It has a great flavor and it is quite easy and simple. Since it is in the middle of Summer i did not finish cooking in the oven, I layered the cooked steak in the crockpot and finished making the sauce on stove top and poured the sauce over the meat. I cooked it on high for 2 hours and it was like "buttah". No knife needed there. Oh, and i also added some dried onion to the gravy. I can only recommend it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
And yes, it's just like butta'baby!!!!!!!! I had mine w/ wheat couscous and grilled veggies. My husband love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an excellent recipe. simple great tasing. Left overs are great in the microwave. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is very asy to make and tastes wonderful!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is simple enough for a guy that has just left mommy's house to cook. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton, you're the best! Loved it and I'm from the South!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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