Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Steak Parmesan

Cube steak dressed up with a coating of seasoned bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, browned and topped with pizza sauce, baked and then sprinkled with a bit more Parmesan.
Cube steak dressed up with a coating of seasoned bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, browned and topped with pizza sauce, baked and then sprinkled with a bit more Parmesan.

Steak Parmesan

Steak Parmesan is a real family-pleaser that comes together quick, so you can get it prepped, cooked and on the table in under 45 minutes. I usually do 4 cube steaks, leaving leftovers for the two of us. For a family you'll probably want to do at least 6 to 8 cube steaks and increase some of the ingredients just slightly. This also works fantastic with a sprinkling of mozzarella on top, instead of the additional Parmesan.

Here's how to make it. It's important to note that while my original recipe was written for the oven, I have updated step by step photos included below and the header photo at the top with photos that were cooked in an air fryer, rather than pan fried and oven baked. I've not included those instructions yet because I'm still experimenting with temperature and timing.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat the bacon fat in a heavy bottomed skillet over a heat that is just over medium to medium high, until melted. Meanwhile, in a shallow dish combine the bread crumbs with half of the Parmesan cheese, reserving the other half of cheese; add the salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning to the bread crumbs. Beat the egg with the milk. Dip the cube steaks into the egg mixture and then dredge in the bread crumbs. Brown in the hot oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a baking dish.

Pour pizza or marinara sauce evenly over the tops of the cube steaks and bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan, return to oven just long enough to melt cheese.


In the header picture above, I served these with Instant Pot mashed potatoes, one of my favorite things to make in the Instant Pot and a side of Quick Fix Green Beans, made from "kitchen cut" canned green beans. A side of parslied potatoes is also good - just simply peeled and chopped potatoes, that have been boiled, then drained and tossed with melted butter, salt and pepper and parsley - Mama used to make those all the time. Add a simple mixed garden salad. Pan roasted potatoes would also be nice. Easy, simple, and quick. Dig in and enjoy.



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Recipe: Steak Parmesan

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 25 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons of bacon fat, vegetable or canola oil
  • 3/4 cup of Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 6 turns of the pepper grinder
  • Couple shakes of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama) {affil link} to taste, optional
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 4 to 6 cube steaks
  • 1-1/2 cups of pizza or marinara sauce
Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat the bacon fat in a heavy bottomed skillet over a heat that is just over medium to medium high, until melted. Meanwhile, in a shallow dish combine the bread crumbs with half of the Parmesan cheese, reserving the other half of cheese; add the salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning to the bread crumbs. Beat the egg with the milk. Dip the cube steaks into the egg mixture and then dredge in the bread crumbs. Brown in the hot oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a baking dish.

Pour pizza or marinara sauce evenly over the tops of the cube steaks and bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan, return to oven just long enough to melt cheese.

Cook's Notes: If using the pre-made beef fritter patties, brown the patties in the hot oil and put them into the baking dish. Then sprinkle the patties with half of the Parmesan cheese and top with the pizza sauce. Bake and sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.

Variation: For Chicken Parmesan, substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts, placing between layers of plastic wrap and using the flat side of a mallet, pound to an even thickness. Brown for about 3 minutes per side, transfer to the baking dish, top with marinara sauce and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Top with Parmesan, return to oven just long enough to melt cheese.

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