“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” –Martha Washington.
This is one of Grandpa Milne’s favorite meals. It’s simple, unlike a lot of recipes of today, and yet it is very good and satisfying. Grandma used to buy round steak and pound and pound and pound it, and then she’d cut it up into smaller pieces. Now she uses cube steaks—which are the same thing–round steak that has already been tenderized and cut into smaller pieces, and sold in your grocery store. Much easier than having to pound and pound and pound that meat.
- 2 cube steaks
- About 1/2 to a cup of all purpose flour
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
Season cube steaks with salt and pepper. Put flour on a plate and push each steak into the flour and then turn it over so steak is covered on both sides with flour. Heat olive oil in a large skillet until hot and brown the meat. Turn heat down to low and add a little bit of water to just cover the bottom of your pan. Put a lid over it and simmer for about 15 minutes, frequently checking to add a little more water as needed so that the pan bottom is always covered with a thin layer of water.
If you want to add any seasoning to the water, like a bouillon cube or au jus seasoning to make a little gravy, go ahead and add it.
I’ve always seen Grandma serve the cube steaks with boiled potatoes that she has cut into bite sized pieces and heated up in a skillet with some oil.