We have a large chest freezer in our basement and I like to keep it well stocked with all the frozen foods we need. Recently I noticed our meat supply was dwindling, so I had to make a trip to the grocery store.
Before I pay full price or even sale price for meat, I always check the meat department of one of our local supermarkets. On Saturday mornings, this particular market has great deals on a variety of meats. This is because most of their meats have a Sunday sell by date, so on Saturday the supermarket lowers prices on certain meats to lure buyers. In addition to the discounted prices, these meat packages often have a peel off coupon for an additional $1 to $2 off.
If you’re a savvy shopper with storage capacity, these deals are a great way to keep your freezer full of meat without paying full price for any of it. This past Saturday, cube steak was reduced, so I purchased several large packages.
I was thrilled with the deal because cube steak and gravy is one of favorite cold weather comfort foods. This particular recipe is a delicious “fast fix”. When served with a side of rice or mashed potatoes and a green vegetable, you’ve got a dynamite meal!
4 to 6 Cube steaks
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup milk
2 cups beef broth
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder (to taste)
1/4 cup cooking oil
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season the cube steaks with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Dredge the cube steaks in 2 cups of flour and shake off the excess flour. Place the steaks in the skillet and lightly brown on both sides. Remove the cube steak from the pan and set aside.
Add the remaining flour to the skillet and whisk to incorporate. Pour the milk and beef broth into the pan and whisk. If you desire, add seasoning to gravy to taste. Reduce the heat to low and place the steaks back into skillet. Simmer for 30 minutes.
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