Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What's Cooking Wednesday - 7 Bone Steak

If ever there was a cut of meat with the "wrong" name, this has to be it. First, there's only 1 bone, not 7. The name comes from the fact that it's shaped like the numeral 7. And, although the butcher cut it into 1 inch thick pieces and called it a steak, it's really more like a chuck roast, filled with the connective tissues that cry out for long, slow, moist cooking. I fear grilling it without some massive tenderizing efforts would result in leather.

At any rate, despite the 'steak' designation on the package, I opted for my slow cooker. The recipe uses pantry staples and you could even skip the browning step if you're in a hurry.

Easy Crock Pot Seven Bone "Steak"


2 T oil
1 7 bone steak (although you can use any sort of pot/chuck roast, and I'm sure it would be great.
Carrots, peeled and sliced (I just used a package of baby carrots)
2 Onions, quartered
1 can (undiluted) golden mushroom soup
1 package dry onion soup mix
2 c water
1 c red wine (or broth, stock, or just more water if you're not into wine)
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste (I also used seasoned salt)

Put the onions and carrots in the bottom of the crock pot. They'll act like a 'rack' and also impart great flavor.

Heat oil in skillet. Season meat with salts, pepper and garlic powder.

Sear briefly.

Put meat on top of the vegetables. Mix soups, water and wine. Pour over meat. Add more liquid to cover, if necessary.

Cook 8-10 hours until fork tender. The longer it cooks, the more tender it should get.

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Lis'Anne said...

That's so funny, because I couldn't figure out why it was called a 7-bone steak the last time I bought one. This recipe looks fabulous and I must give it a try. :-)

Terry Odell said...

Lis'Anne - so, you got a new recipe to try AND you learned something new. Sounds like a good day!

Anonymous said...

I have no patience for crock pots. So I am braising in cast iron. This is starting to smell pretty good after an hour.

Anonymous said...

I have always made something similar in the oven in an oven bag for 2 hours. I use 1 can of family style mushroom soup and pour over extra wide egg noodles once complete.
Todays my first time trying in slow cooker!