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Mushroom Swiss Steak – $5 Dinner Challenge

I found in the freezer…6 eye of round steaks…that I bought back in early September [3].  The beautiful part is that I bought 6 eye of round steaks for just over $2!  They came in 2 packages, each with 3 steaks and each just over $2.  I used a $2 coupon for Private Selection beef from a Kroger mailer.

Can’t beat 6 eye of round steaks for just over $2!!!

I stopped by one of my favorite recipe sites, Elise’s Simply Recipes [4].  I knew she would have a recipe for eye of round steaks, and she did!  A Swiss Steak Recipe [5]…that I modified based on what I had in the pantry, a can of mushrooms!

HELLO. Mushroom Swiss Steak. It’s nice to meet you!

You might be my new favorite meal!!!

Mushroom Swiss Steak

Adapted from: Simply Recipes [4]

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 25 minutes


  • 1 onion, sliced ($.30)
  • 4 garlic cloves ($.15)
  • 6 eye of round steaks ($2.31)
  • 1 4 oz. can of sliced mushrooms, drained ($.49) From Walgreens, on sale and with coupon
  • 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste ($.19) After coupon
  • 1 tsp tarragon ($.20)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 butternut squash ($1.13) Cooked and frozen when on sale for $.49/lb
  • Butter and brown sugar ($.20)
  • Mashed Potatoes ($.50) Leftover and frozen from the holidays


  • Slice onions. Peel and crush garlic.

  • Brown steaks in large skillet in a little bit of canola oil.

  • Turn and brown the other side of the steaks.

  • Add crushed garlic and sliced onions.

  • Saute with the steaks for 4-5 minutes, or until onions become transparent.

  • Add drained mushrooms and mix in.

  • In a small bowl, combine tomato paste with 2 cans worth of water.

  • Pour tomato sauce over the steaks, onions and mushrooms. Combine well. Stir in tarragon, salt and pepper.

  • Once it starts to splatter, reduce heat to medium-low.

  • Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until steak has cooked through.
  • Cook butternut squash [6] and mashed potatoes. (Or thaw and reheat.)
  • Serve Mushroom Swiss Steak with Butternut Squash and Mashed Potatoes.

Cost $5.47