Minute Steak with Braised Red Cabbage

Minute Steak with Braised Red Cabbage (Serves 2)

Cube steak is a piece of top round or top sirloin that has been pounded with a meat mallet or run through a machine to make it tender. They call it Minute Steak in the United Kingdom and Canada. I live in Georgia, but like the sound of Minute Steak. Slow cooking beef for hours and hours is great some days, but I am grateful for minute steak on those days when I just can’t wait.

Prep and cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

2/3 to 3/4 of a pound of beef cube steak
1 red cabbage – sliced
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider
Caraway seeds
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Salt

Directions:  Slice about 1/2 of a head of cabbage into 1/4 inch wide strips and add to a sauce pan over medium heat. Add equal parts of apple cider vinegar and apple cider until the cabbage is 1/3 to 1/2 submerged. Add a generous dusting of caraway seeds and a modest dusting of salt and garlic powder. Cover the pan and let the cabbage cook 10 to 15 minutes until it is as tender as you like. Divide cube steak into two patties and dust with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper on both sides. About 10 minutes before the cabbage will be done, heat non-stick grill-pan over medium heat. Lay cube steak patties on grill pan and let sear undisturbed for 4 minutes. Turn with a spatula to sear the other side for 4 minutes. Cook each side a little longer if you like, but 4 minutes on each side is likely to be enough. When done, transfer the cube steak to plates. When the cabbage is done, add black pepper to taste and serve!

Note: Jeff Mauro, the newest Food Network Star, made Cider-Braised Red Cabbage and inspired me to braise some myself. Mine has more tang than Jeff’s because I use more apple cider vinegar than he does.

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