Lunch / Dinner
The traditional pair of meat and a side of potatoes (such as Gouda Mashed Potatoes) are together again in a new but retrofitted take on a dinner classic. And this classic comfort food dish won’t disappoint. With the help of the “swissing” technique (pounding tough, cheap cuts of meat to tenderize them) this steak is especially tender. In keeping with tradition, the meat is cooked in a tomato gravy, but what's different is this recipe utilizes a slow cooker. So with only 15 minutes of prep and less than 10 ingredients, set your slow cooker for a meal that's certain to comfort your soul.
Round steak is perfect for this preparation. It's inexpensive but surprisingly includes the tender top round and flavorful sirloin cuts.
Layer onions, bell pepper, and carrots in a 4- to 6-qt. slow cooker.
Pound steak, one piece at a time, between two sheets of plastic wrap to 1/2-inch thick.
Place 1/2 cup flour in a shallow dish; season with salt and pepper. Dredge steak in flour, shaking to remove any excess.
Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a sauté pan over medium-high. Working in two batches, sear steak until browned, 3 minutes per side (using the remaining 1 Tbsp. oil as needed).
Place steak on vegetables in slow cooker. Pour broth and tomatoes into slow cooker. Cover slow cooker and cook steak until fork-tender on high setting, 4–4½ hours. Transfer steak to a plate and tent with foil. Using a slotted spoon, remove vegetables. Remove 1/3 cup liquid from slow cooker.
Whisk 1 Tbsp. flour into liquid, then whisk into slow cooker to make a gravy. Serve swiss steak with vegetables and gravy.
Although swissing usually requires the jagged edge of a mallet, use the flat edge to pound out this steak.
To prevent overcooking, lay the meat on top of the vegetables rather than directly in the liquid.
To thicken the liquid and turn it into a gravy, whisk the flour mixture directly into the slow cooker.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 92mg 30%
Sodium 267mg 11%
Carbs 12g 4%
Fiber 2g 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.