I just loved the request from a Northern Ky. reader for a Valentine’s Day recipe. “My husband keeps talking about his mom’s Swiss steak. All he remembers is that she pounded salt and pepper into the meat with flour, browned it and then baked it with tomatoes. It had cheese on the top and was his favorite. I would like to make this as a surprise Valentine’s Day dinner for him. If you have a recipe that is close, I would really appreciate it”, she said. Well, I not only have a recipe that looks like what she wants, I think this one might be what his mom made. (Thank goodness for my vintage recipes and cookbooks).
I LOVE YOU OVEN SWISS STEAK
1-1/2 pounds round steak, 3/4” thick
1/4 cup flour
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons ea. salt and pepper
1 can stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup ea. chopped celery and carrot
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce or bit more to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 325.
Cut meat into 4 portions. Mix flour, salt and pepper and pound into meat. Set aside flour that is left. Brown meat in oil or shortening on all sides. Don’t cook it, just brown it. Place meat in shallow baking dish. Blend remaining flour with drippings in skillet and add rest of ingredients, except for cheese. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Pour over meat. Cover tightly and bake for 2 hours or until tender. Top with cheese and return to oven for a few minutes to melt cheese.