Sunday, October 21, 2007

No Time To Cook

Several years ago, a friend gave me an old community cookbook compiled by the local Catholic Church. One of the recipes included was entitled "No Time To Cook Main Dish." The everyday ingredients and simple preparation caught my eye, and the hearty and filling recipe made it into my regular menu rotation when working full-time.

I may not be working full-time any longer, but today was a busy day for us. Work once again has commenced on the never ending kitchen / powder room face lift project. We managed to repair the hardwood flooring of the powder room, sand, stain, and even get several coats of sealer on the wood. All of this was accomplished while tending to my normal Sunday chores, but dinner wasn't a struggle. No Time To Cook Cube Steak with Gravy did its own thing in the oven, and I didn't have to worry. Scrubbing a couple of potatoes to be baked, and steaming some green beans completed the meal with still minimal fuss. It was great comfort food on a cool fall day of home improvement projects.

Cube Steak and Gravy

5 (4 ounce) cube steaks
¼ teaspoon seasoning salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 medium onion, sliced
½ cup fresh sliced mushrooms
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed Golden Mushroom Soup
10.75 ounces water

Preheat oven to 375F.
Season cube steaks with seasoned salt and pepper; place in a 9x13 baking dish.
Layer sliced onions and mushrooms over the steaks.
Combine soup and water; pour over steak, onions and mushrooms in baking dish.
Cover with foil and bake at 375F for 45 minutes, uncover and bake 15 more minutes.
Note: Time may be more or less depending on the thickness of the cube steak. (Serves 5)

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