Mock Swiss steak is packed with flavor and will soon become your family’s favorite southern food. Add a veggie and rice, and you’ll have a delicious square meal.
Quick and Easy Mock Swiss Steak
Do you ever wish you could throw a quick meal on the table? Are you concerned about how much fast food your family is eating? Do you want to up your nutrition game without having to spend hours in front of the stove?
This is possible, and it’s not hard at all. I’ve put together a bunch of meals that I know are healthier options than fast food, and they taste great.
Some people harbor the notion that southern cuisine involves hours of standing in front of the hot stove. Fortunately, they’re mistaken. The key is knowing a few shortcuts and ways to add the flavor that makes your tastebuds happy.
Key points for putting a quick meal on the table:
• Weekly meal planning
• Shopping lists
• Having plenty of easy-to-assemble foods on hand
• Using canned soups and salad dressings to enhance your dishes
Too Busy to Cook?
Hold your horses. You can be worn slap out, but there’s always something you can whip up in less time than it takes to make a run to a fast food joint.
I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but sometimes life gets away from me. So I came up with a bunch of quick and easy meals that I could whip up when time was tight.
Kitchens were once the heart of the home, but with the busyness that has taken over our lives, it’s becoming more intimidating. You’re an expert at whatever field you’re working at all day. You haven’t had time to develop the skills you need to prepare a decent meal.
There are so many nutritious, delicious meals you can cook for your family, and many of them are fast and easy to prepare—even for the novice cook. I love watching the Food Channel and seeing how quickly both famous and unknown chefs can put together a meal from a basket of random ingredients. But I often wonder how they really taste.
Skillet Magic with Mock Swiss Steak
Although my mother used to work a nine-to-five job, she managed to get food on the table at a decent time every night. I remember watching in awe as she quickly threw a few things into the skillet, popped some biscuits on a pan, slid it into the oven, and voila! A meal was born!
Mom’s quick meals didn’t actually start when she got home from work. She had to do some advance planning before each shopping trip to make sure she had everything she needed at her fingertips. Plus she was an expert at turning a single pot roast into several meals—all of them different.
Start out with a shopping list of things you’ll need for the week. I have to admit I’m bad when it comes to tossing a few extras into the cart, and then when I get home, I discover I have way more than I need. But then I turn that into a positive by getting creative in figuring out what I can do with that odd ingredient to add interest to a meal.
My husband once told me that if he ever says he wants me to put aside some of the meal for leftovers the next day, that’s the best compliment I can get. And it happens a lot!
Not only does my husband like some of the quick meals I cook, my daughters’ friends used to ask what we were having for dinner, hoping to get an invitation. One of Alison’s pals asked for the recipe to my Mock Swiss Steak dinner so she could give it to her mom.
Super Simple Mock Swiss Steak Recipe
Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
After you brown one side of the steaks, flip them over and brown the other side.
Dump the entire bottle of Catalina, Russian or French salad dressing over the steak. Pour 1 cup of water and a dash (or two) of Worcestershire sauce over the dressing and stir until the liquids are blended.
Turn down the heat and simmer until the steak is done according to your taste. I generally cook thinner cuts of meat about 15 minutes and thicker cuts up to 30 minutes.
Serve with rice and steamed green beans.
Cook enough rice for each person in the family to have 1/2 to 3/4 cups.
Put green beans into the pot and add water. If you want some extra flavor, use half water and half beef bone broth.
*Helpful hint: If you purchase a tougher cut of meat, this recipe can be cooked all day in a slow cooker, which helps tenderize the meat.
Broccoli Cheese Bake Side
Green beans are always good with mock Swiss steak, but you might prefer something a little different. Here’s a good one from Back to My Southern Roots: Broccoli Cheese Bake.
Add a Salad
If you’re someone who loves having a salad before a meal, why not pack it with a hefty amount of nutrition? Not only is this salad delicious, it adds quite a few vitamins and a bunch of protein as well: Shrimp Cocktail Salad.
- Cooking spray
- 1 lb. of whatever steak you can find on sale – enough for everyone in the family
- 1 small bottle of Catalina, Russian or dark French salad dressing
- 1 cup of water
- 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
- Spray a large skillet with cooking spray.
- On medium-high heat, brown the steak on both sides.
- If you like onions, add them to the skillet and sauté them until they are translucent.
- Dump the entire bottle of Catalina, Russian or French salad dressing over the steak.
- Pour 1 cup of water and a dash (or two) of Worcestershire sauce over the dressing and stir until the liquids are blended.
- Turn down the heat and simmer until the steak is done according to your taste. I generally cook thinner cuts of meat about 15 minutes and thicker cuts up to 30 minutes.
Wholesome and traditional, this is a satisfying family meal that is quick, easy, and filling.
Serving Size1 steak
Amount Per Serving Calories 348 Total Fat 24g Saturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 12g Cholesterol 112mg Sodium 131mg Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 0g Protein 30g