Seven pile out of the family van. All with hungry tummies. Four more family members are arriving in ten minutes.
It’s easy to feed a crowd on a budget with cube steak. Plus, those meat and potato types really love this meal! A perfect man-pleaser for Father’s Day. Or easy to make when you don’t want to turn on the oven or grill.
Just three ingredients:
- cube steak – amount you need
- cream of mushroom soup (large, family-sized can or two small cans) or Erin’s Homemade White Sauce
- ½ packet dry, french onion soup mix (too salty with a full packet)
Directions: Spoon about half of cream of mushroom soup in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place cube steak in. Sprinkle with french onion soup mix and remainder of cream of mushroom soup.
Timing tips: If I pull the cube steak from the freezer, I start cooking this the night before. I turn it on low around 10 or 11 pm and it cooks for about 12-14 hours. (Sometimes setting the slow cooker to turn to the warm setting the last hour). If thawed, I put all the ingredients in the slow cooker no later than 7 a.m. and let it cook on high until lunch.
So it stretches for the masses, I add:
- rice (doubled a few days before when I was making another meal) or a 9×13 pan of freezer mashed potatoes
- toasted, leftover homemade bread (pieces cut in quarters and buttered)
- 2 cans green vegetable or our favorite salad
- our guests bring the dessert!
Adaptations: Sure, I adjust the timing and serve this for supper. A glorious weeknight treat! Not feeding a crowd? We buy the large portion at the wholesale club. But if you have less to cook just use one regular-sized can of cream of mushroom soup and a ¼ packet of French onion soup mix.
Slow Cooker Cube Steak is a recipe adaptation my mother shared in that family red and white checked cookbook she gave me when I was a new bride. She says that her mother, Mamaw, used to make cube steak, “but she never put soup on it. Just fried the daylights out of it. You could make shoes out of it.”
How about you? Do you make it a habit to invite folks over for a meal?
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