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Ville Platte Style

Beef was something that we had almost every day. This is a good and fast dish simple to prepare and can be used as the main meal of the day. You ask what is smothered steak, well it is not a steak that we smother, like you may want to do with a friend that gets on your nerves. Or a piece of meat you smother with love, although some people love this dish and smother it with bell pepper. I know that you people from the nawth like your steaks cooked on a grill or Bar-B-Q, we cook them in a big black pot. It's a Cajun thing. I do hope that you understand. What kind of meat can you use you ask, well my favorite is to use round steak, you may use chuck steak, neck chops, just about any kind of beef with rice is a complete meal, you may want to add a side dish like potato salad, family will just love you for this one, if they don't just call me and I will love you for it this is one of my favorits.

You will Need

  • 3 to 4 pounds of round steak.
  • 1 large onion chopped fine
  • Water: ( I have to tell you everything)
  • Onion: Chopped 1 cup or so
  • Bell Pepper: Chopped 1/2 cup or so
  • Garlic: Chopped 1/4 cou or so
  • Cooking Oil: 1/3 cup or so
  • Crazy Cajun Seasoning Mix As much as you want to use

Rice, your favorite kind, cooked the way you like it. Somehow this dish just don't go good with potatos.
Ok now lets do some cooking. Cut the meat up in squares about 2 to 3 inches. In a black pot put enough oil to cover the bottom about 1/16 inch or so. Heat oil until hot add the seasoned meat. Brown the meat real good on both sides. Keep this up till the meat is almost cooked to a well done state. Don't worry if it sticks to the bottom a little, this can be removed when you add the water, also this "glaze" will help make the gravy. Now add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Continue cooking till the onion etc are transparent. Add water a small amount at a time, scrape the bottom to remove the glaze. Simmer on a med. heat for about 30 or so minutes with the lid on. Placing the lid on loosely acts kind of like a pressure cooker and helps to tenderize the meat. Add just enough water to about cover the meat, you don't want it to be too watery. Heres a little trick I'll share with you that will make the gravy a bit thicker. In a glass of hot tap water mix a few spoons of flour, mix it well to get out any lumps making sort of a lite past, add this to the gravy a little at a time and it will give the gravy more body. Serve over rice. Did'nt I tell you this was going to be easy. The whole family will love this one, it's fast, easy and just good home style cooking. Enjoy