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Turning Tough Meat Tender, Part 2: Yogurt-Marinated Round Steak in Creamy Tomato Sauce

So, I was in the middle of writing an article on how to create your own seed bank, when it was time to take dinner out of the crock pot. I took one taste, and had to share the recipe immediately because it was so good, easy, and inexpensive!

Amazingly powerful animals, and very tasty too!

We are still working our way to the end of the moose we put in our freezer last may! Moose are large beasts. So while there was a lot of tender meat, there has been some shoe-leather bits as well. After writing an article a while back on how to turn turn tough meat tender, I remembered something I read years ago about cooking with yogurt. Lactic acid in yogurt breaks down the meat fibers. Just soak the meat in yogurt for a couple of hours, and it turns tough meat into tender meat. The same principal would hold true for buttermilk and kefir, if you are more likely to have that on hand.

Ingredients

  • 2lbs round steak, sliced against the grain (Does not have to be moose. Beef will work just as well.)
  • 2-3 cups of plain yogurt (Enough to cover the meat.)
  • 2 cups (1 pint) of tomato-basil soup, or plain tomato soup plus 2 tablespoons of basil
  • 2 cups of stewed tomatoes, drained (I used a pint because that’s the size I had. If you have a can from the store that’s approximately 2 cups, use that amount. It won’t harm anything)
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped

Instructions

  • Coat the sliced meat with yogurt and let marinate in refrigerator for at least one hour
  • Place all ingredients into crock pot on low. Stir to make sure all of the meat, potatoes, and carrots are coated
  • Cook in crock pot on low for about 4 hours or until done. (Timing will depend on how thick you slice your meat.)

I let the round steak thaw overnight. This morning, I sliced it against the grain to shorter the muscle fibers and let it soak in the yogurt for about six hours. I had about 3 cups of yogurt that needed to be used up, so I didn’t bother measuring it out exactly. I dumped the whole thing on top. It seemed like a little too much yogurt, but the meat was definitely coated!

I used tongs and put each piece of steak into the crock pot on low. I then followed up with a pint jar of homemade tomato-basil soup, and a a pint of stewed tomatoes.

Next, I pealed cut up a few potatoes and carrots. They went into the crock pot, and I stirred them into the creamy tomato sauce. I did a few dishes, and then left the kitchen for about 4 hours. This is the delicious dish that resulted:

I had to snap that photo very quickly, and this didn’t hang around long in my house. It may not look like anything fancy, but it was delicious! The meat was so tender, even my picky son gobbled it down!

This Kid Approves!

Hey, I couldn’t resist posting a photo of such a little cutie pie!

This is a great way to make use of the less expensive cuts of meat, which tend to have a lot of flavor, but are not as tender.┬áIf any readers test this dish out, I’d love to hear how it came out. Please use the comment box below.

 

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Homesteading Mom

Homesteading Mom is run by Cat Ellis, an herbalist, prepper and aspiring homesteader. Cat is the author of two books, Prepper's Natural Medicine and Prepping for a Pandemic. Cat Ellis also blogs at KetoCat.com, HerbalPrepper.com, and TheOrganicPrepper.com.


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