Living the Dream: Cube Steak Style! (or, “What a Crock!”)

In my pantry today:

  • 4 big slabs of cube steak
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 packets au jus mix
  • 1 packet onion gravy mix
  • 1c Dad’s leftover-from-frozen Christmas gravy
  • 3 c water
  • 1 c kale chips
  • 3 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Yesterday, during the meatsplosion, I immediately set today’s dinner up in the crock pot; today finds it the best cube steak I have ever eaten. Well, >burp< found it, that is.

I will start by saying that I feel kinda weird cooking with meat now — how a few months of gradual dietary changes have culminated in feeling like meat is a long-lost ex lover coming back for CDs is beyond me. A lot of the weight I’ve lost is due in part to eating a lot of protein, which for most of my life I believed came only from delicious animal flesh. And speaking of animal flesh:

First thing’s first — take Dad’s Christmas roast beef gravy out of the freezer and put it in the crock pot on H to begin it’s thaw and move to the other counter. Dice your onion then crush ‘n slice your garlic cloves. Mix your three sauce packets with three c water. Put all that noise in the crock pot and leave it on H for about an hour, then turn to L and leave for 24 hours. Wait until tomorrow to put that carrot in to avoid a total mushpit.

The next day’s dinnertime you’ll just need to slice and boil, then smash and butter your potatoes. I’m a big fan, both for texture and convenience, of leaving the skins on; there isn’t much simpler than making mashed potatoes so why complicate it with more knives and poor fine motor skills? Slice your carrot and put in the crock pot to cook on L while the potatoes boil. When the potatoes flake apart upon sticking a fork in their boiling starch-water, it is time to drain and smash. Milk and butter make the smashings fun and delicious — add just a smidgepinch of salt here.

Put your meat and gravy on top of your potatoes then top with kale chips (visual interest and nutrition!). You’ll have already made kale chips, right? From what I understand we should all be eating that green on the daily. This recipe gets 4 spoons — it was close to a 5 spoon moment, but, well, cube steak can aim only so high.

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