Grandma's Swiss Steak

  • Yield: servings

"The following recipe for Swiss steak is a family favorite. Going to Grandma's was always a treat-and we frequently looked forward to her tasty 'Swiss Steak.' Grandma has now passed on-but the familiar aroma and taste of her dish lives on to several generations."


4pounds round steak, well tenderized
1/2cup all-purpose flour
1/3cup vegetable oil
6 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 celery stalks, chopped
1medium onion, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 (12-ounce) can tomato paste
2teaspoons seasoning (Accent or other favorite)
1teaspoon salt
1teaspoon pepper


  1. Cut the tenderized steak into 2-inch pieces. Dredge in the flour. Heat the oil in a large skillet, and brown the meat, turning once to brown both sides.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large casserole dish. Place the meat in the prepared dish. Layer the carrots, celery, and onions evenly over the meat. In a separate bowl, mix the tomato paste with 1 can of water. Add the seasoning, salt, and pepper. Pour the tomato paste mixture over the meat and vegetables. Cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour. If the meat is not tender enough, add another 1/2 cup of water, and continue baking, covered, for 30 minutes.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen:  Serve this hearty dish with mashed potatoes. To prepare this dish in a Crock-Pot, cook on the low setting for 6 to 7 hours.

Recipe by Nancy F. Miller, Apex, N.C.