Old-Fashioned Poor Man's Steak Recipe

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These flavorful "steaks" fit into everybody's budget. A special friend shared the recipe, and I think of her each time I make this. - Susan Wright, Mineral Wells, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 cup crushed saltine crackers (about 30 crackers)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • Hot mashed potatoes or noodlles

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 292 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 372 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 22 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine cracker crumbs, water, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press into an ungreased 9-in. square pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  2. Cut into 3-in. squares; dredge in flour. In a large skillet, cook meat squares in oil until browned on both sides.
  3. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker with a slotted spatula or spoon. Add soup.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Poor Man's Steak in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p66

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