Sunday, December 1, 2019

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak: Easy, Hearty Meal for Busy Times By: Victoria Hamilton

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak: Easy, Hearty Meal for Busy Times
By: Victoria Hamilton

Looking back, I don’t know how she did it; Mom had a husband, kids, an old Victorian house and a full time demanding job as a nurse. And yet she also did most of the cleaning, almost all of the cooking (though she taught me to cook early, and I cooked when she was on evening shift), grocery shopping and meal planning.

Superwoman. Truly!

One of her go-to’s was anything she could put in the slow cooker.

I know she did Swiss Steak, but I don’t remember if it was in the slow cooker or not. However, when I was looking around for easy slow cooker meals, I came across one using blade steak, and inexpensive cut of beef. The recipe wasn’t quite right – it lacked… something – so I modified it and now it is delicious! Served with garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes and garlic green beans – omit the garlic if you’re not a fan! – it makes a wonderful feels-like-the-weekend meal any night of the week. And in the lead-up to the frenzied holidays, who couldn’t use one of those?

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak
*Note: I used a 2 1/1 quart casserole type slow cooker, and I should have used something larger… I’d advise a 4 quart or larger.
Serves: 4 – 6

2 – 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
½ Tsp salt
¼ Tsp fresh ground pepper
2 lbs. boneless blade steak (or any simmering steak) *Note; weight is approximate. You can expand it to feed more; I actually used about a pound and a half, and it fed four.
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium or 2 small onions, cut into ¼ inch slices
2 large garlic cloves
1-2  celery stalk(s), cut into ½ inch slices
1 - 398 ml (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
1  - 540 ml ( 19 ounce) can petite cut tomatoes OR canned Italian tomatoes chopped.

1 – Sauté onion and celery until wilted, and add the minced garlic in the last few minutes. (I do this to get the ‘raw’ taste out of the onions, but the original recipe omitted this step! Your choice.)
2 – Combine flour, salt and pepper in a sealable plastic bag. Cut the steak into serving size pieces and toss them in the flour mixture until they are coated.
3 - Mix the two types of tomato together, then, in the slow cooker, layer, starring with some of the sauce, then some of the floured steak, and repeat, ending with the last of the sauce.
4 – Top with onion, garlic and celery, and turn on high for an hour or two, then to low for at least three to four hours. *NOTE… If you are going to leave the house and don’t have time to do the ‘High’ setting, just put it on low for at least six to eight hours.
5 – Serve with some of the gravy on the meat. I also brought to the table a gravy boat with the extra sauce!

The first time I made this I thought the gravy would be awful on potatoes… tomatoes? On potatoes? But it’s really good, and does not have a pasta sauce feel at all.  

And if you’re in a REAL hurry when you get home from holiday shopping, or work, (Or whatever you’ve done that has left you exhausted and stressed) you can open a can of green beans and make what I call Fake-taters… Idahoan makes awesome instant mashed potatoes that are actually very tasty. Whatever gets a meal on the table quickly!

This recipe is dedicated to my mom and all the women of her generation, those superwomen of the seventies who did, indeed, do it ALL!



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  1. My mother used to make Swiss steak too, but with a brown gravy. Very tasty. Even though I'm retired I still like to use the crock pot or any other appliance that saves me some time. Thanks for the great giveaway and happy holidays.

  2. Thanks for sharing your Swiss steak recipe! I love slow cooker recipes. Congratulations about your recent book release !

  3. Momma made Swiss steak in the oven, especially on Sundays for after church. This recipe sounds very similar to hers, which I regrettably don't have. Will have to try this. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I am Karen and my MIL used to make Swiss Steak similar to yours. It was really good.

  5. I've never made Swiss steak, and I'm always looking for new things to cook in the crock pot. I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for the recipe and a chance at the giveaway. Renee -

  6. When I got married, my college dorm friends gave me that same green Crockpot, which is now "vintage". Feeling old but using more modern Crockpots. Gloria Browning
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

  7. I had both the green and yellow..We got them as wedding presents.

  8. Thanks for visiting today Victoria with the wonderful recipe and giveaway! My mother was like yours--full-time job, 4 kids, not a lot of outside help. But I don't remember a crockpot!

  9. Love the recipe and your books. You are right about our mom's. Looking forward to trying the recipe and reading the book. Lois Rotella-

  10. The recipe for Slow Cooker Swiss Steak sounds DELICIOUS. I grew up with roast cooked in the oven with a tomato base with the onions and celery so this makes me think of my childhood.

    Love your books and can't wait for the opportunity to read "Cast Iron Alibi". Definitely on my TBR list. FABULOUS and most generous giveaway. Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.

    Have a wonderful Sunday and a great upcoming week!
    Kay Garrett
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  11. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. And thanks for this recipe!!! I'm definitely going to try it.
    kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. I have one of those Instapots and I think I might just try this recipe. I know my husband would like it. I just love the cover of Cast Iron Alibi, the camper reminds me of the one we had as a kid. I would stay in it even when we weren't camping during the summer and read all night as a teen. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  13. The recipe looks tasty, thank you. Laurahturner (at) gmail (dot) com. Laura

  14. Ohh thank you for this recipe. This looks fantastic. And thank you for all the little tips you learned over time. These really are helpful.
    I would love to read your books. quilting(lady)2(at)comcast(dot)net

  15. We also had Swiss Steak when I was growing up. Our stove had a deep well we made it in. My husband had a stroke a few months ago and had to relearn how to eat. This recipe will be great for him as the meat will be very tender. I love your books and order them from my library so I am looking forward to reading it soon. All the best and Merry Christmas Sueann

  16. My Mom made the best Swiss steak in the electric skillet. Thanks for the recipe. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. Thanks for the recipe and the contest. Carol ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Hi! Thanks for the yummy sounding recipe and a chance to win such a fun prize pack! I didn’t realize your latest book was out yet. I’ll be adding it to my collection either way as I enjoy the series!


  19. This recipe sounds great. I haven't had Swiss steak since n a long time. Thank you for recipe and chance to win. Deb lhxp73(at)Yahoo(dot)com

  20. This recipe sounds a lot like the one my mother used to make when I was younger. This brings back so many memories! I can't wait to try it. I'm looking forward to reading your book. ~ Karen knmracing2(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. Love Swiss Steak! Looking forward to starting this series..joanie13b(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. That slow cooker is a classic! Does it still work?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  23. I got a crockpot when we got married: the original that didn’t come apart for cleaning. I have a more modern one now and can always use new recipes!

  24. I bought that exact same CrockPot in 1972 & still have it today & use it! It's older than our oldest daughter & it's cooked a ton of meals for us through the years when I was working, going to school & raising two children. The Swiss Steak recipe is now on my TBD (to be cooked) list. :)

  25. Love my crockpot. Use it all the time. Katrina

  26. Thank you for the recipe and the giveaway opportunity. I really hope I win. Thank you!

  27. I’ve never had Swiss steak.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  28. Swiss steak is not on my culinary word list. But my family knows lots about "cast iron alibis". I started with my long gone uncle and his younger sister (both lawyers) and continues now with with seven cousins and a niece who passed the bar... Then there's my son in law the NYPD office who also knows about cast iron alibis... HiS uncla also knows since he's a Sitting State Supreme in Queens NY...

    My only form of cast iron is the new 10" cast iron fry pan I bought to make sure I don't need an alibi when I use it to prepare perfect steaks or Corn Bread. I'd love to add A Cast Iron Alibi to my home library for all my family to also enjoy.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  29. This recipe looks just delicious!! My mom had a crock pot like that one! Love it! Thanks for the chance, what a generous giveaway.

  30. I love the vintage kitchen mysteries, can't wait to read this one. The recipe will be on this weeks menu. Louise

  31. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It sounds delicious.
    The book sounds like a fun read

  32. This is a wonderful feature and giveaway. Thanks for the recipe and book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  33. Thank you for the recipe! I work evenings and like to have dinner ready for hubby and the kids. One less thing he needs to worry about. I also have the 70's crock! I kept it as a back-up. Thank you! Robin

  34. Perfect winter recipe for the family. Love this special giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  35. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Also, I love the title of your book. Wonderful giveaway. Nancy ringo_94(at)hotmail(dot)com.

  36. Looks like a great recipe. I like finding new recipes for my slow cooker. Would really love to read "Cast Iron Alibi". Thanks for the chance. Happy Holidays!

  37. Looks great, even though I am not a fan of slower cookers. May have to try it.

  38. I love Swiss steak! Thanks for a great prize giveaway.

  39. Cant wait to read! -mollie

  40. Thanks for the chance & for sharing recipe!
    Cherisse oohllala(at)aol(dot) com

  41. It has been a while since I've used the slow cooker. Maybe it's time to pull it out again. Marla: mbradeen (at) yahoo (dot) com

  42. Thank you for the recipe. It has all my favorite ingredients. I always made a beef based and prefer a tomato based version. On my TBMS (TO BE MADE SOON) list) Linda lindalou64(at)live(dot)com

  43. I love my slow cooker, more than the instant pot. I am going to cook this Swiss steak this weekend.
    Sheryl at