The fall is definitely here! I started to notice the cool crisp air in the morning and all the leaves changing color. When the temperature starts to drop, I crave comfort food that can provide me with extra insulation. And during this time of the year, I find myself cooking a lot of food my grandparents taught me to make. I dearly love my grandparents and their recipes, but they are not exactly my waistline friendly.
Most of the time, grandparents’ recipe include something like using an entire stick of butter (minimum) or not draining the fat when cooking ground beef—and don’t even think about substituting ground beef with ground turkey—and not trimming the fat or skin on chicken thighs because they are all flavor. But then again, grandparents walked everywhere and worked very hard to burn all that calories back in the day. Things have changed. No one walks to the grocery store, most of us have sedentary job, and there are vending machines filled with candies and soda that lure us to the dark side of weight gain.
But during fall and winter, we do need that extra layer to survive the colder weather. So eat away with your favorite comfort food!!! I’m not exactly a meat and potato kind of gal. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I do love meat. I am saying that I’m just not that into potatoes. I prefer sweet potatoes. They are healthier and yummier in my humble opinion. But there are times that I’d choose mashed potatoes over mashed sweet potatoes—during Thanksgiving meals (well, technically I get both types) and when I eat grandpa’s cubed peppered steak!
There is simply no other carb substitution that can complete this dish. You gotta eat this with mashed potatoes! Creamy mashed potatoes truly compliment the deep flavor of peppers and onions that have been cooked in beef gravy. Just smother that gravy on mashed potatoes and have a forkful of peppers and steak. It is like having a hug from your favorite person in your mouth! It is beyond comforting and will not fail to fill your empty stomach. Let’s cook my grandpa’s cubed peppered steak for dinner tonight and have a happy smile!
Grandpa’s cubed peppered steak
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 35 mins
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: American
- 2 pounds cubed steak
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 cup sliced pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 can diced tomato
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- Prepared mashed potatoes (for serving)
- In a large shallow dish, mix together the flour and seasoned salt.
- Cover the steak with the flour mixture. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture.
- In a large skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
- Brown the steaks, about 2 minutes on each side. I cook the steak in two batches. Do not worry about cooking the steak all the way. It will continue to cook in the gravy. Take the steak out and add the rest of the vegetable oil. Cook the rest of the steak.
- In the same skillet, add peppers and onion slices. Stir the vegetable frequently and cook them for a couple minutes. Add the diced tomato and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Place the browned steak on top and place a lid on the skillet. Cook for about 10 minutes and stir the mixture so the steak that was on top gets a chance to be on the bottom layer. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
- In a small cup, add the reserved flour mixture into a 1/4 cup of water. Mix well with a fork until they are well incorporated.
- Pour over the steak mixtures. Stir frequently and the mixture should start to thicken.
- Cook for couple more minutes.
- Serve over mashed potatoes and enjoy!