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Poor Man's Steak

 Poor Man's Steak
"ON A PASTOR'S BUDGET and with seven children, we didn't have steak very often. But we were just as satisfied with this wonderful dish Mom dreamed up—a country-style "steak" with creamy gravy. It was always a hit with our family.
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted


  • In a large bowl, combine water, cracker crumbs and salt; add beef and
  • mix well. Press into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan lined with
  • waxed paper. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Cut the meat into 12 squares. Coat each square lightly with flour. In
  • a large skillet, cook over medium heat in oil, a few pieces at a
  • time, until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear;
  • drain.
  • Remove waxed paper from the baking pan; spread the soup in bottom of
  • pan. Place meat squares in a single layer over soup. Bake,
  • uncovered, at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until heated through;
  • Spoon some soup over each meat square. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 283 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 493 mg sodium,

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Poor Man's Steak (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.