Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Steak San Marco - An Old Family Favorite

Steak San Marco on noodles.

I have no idea why this recipe is named San Marco. The dog-eared file card is written in purple ink, must be at least 20 years old, possibly 30. The tried and true,old family favorite entree has been one of those I cook  when I've gone through my usual repertoire. I, not chicken again. Then I remember-- I could make Steak San Marco.

Best part is the ease: a no-brainer, no stirring, no mess meal. Very economical, too.The dish simmers on the stovetop about an hour and a half. A Mediterranean- -garlic and oregano-- aroma develops, hence the origin of San Marco? The beef becomes very tender and falls apart in your mouth. I hope you'll try it.

Steak San Marco
From the files of Debi Lander
Serves 4

1 1/2 to 2 pounds round steak, cut up (can use stir-fry beef)
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 one-pound can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dry oregano
Freshly ground pepper and garlic powder- to taste
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic(or wine) vinegar

Follow these directions in order and don't stir.
  1. Spray the bottom of a large skillet with Pam or oil, then arrange meat.
    Arrange meat in pan.
  2. Sprinkle dry onion soup mix over meat.
  3. Sprinkle the dry the onion soup mix over the meat.
  4. Add the can of tomatoes on top.
    Add the tomatoes
  5. Sprinkle spices on top of tomatoes.  I use about a 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
  6. Ready to Simmer
  7. Drizzle the olive oil and vinegar on the very top and do NOT stir.

Simmer on low, covered, one and one half hours or until meat is tender.

Here's a look at Steak San Marco when it's done.

Serve on top of noodles with a side salad. 

And, if you feel you need a green vegetable, green beans or sugar snaps go well.

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21st Century Housewife© said...

I love old family recipes - they are always the best! Your Steak San Marco sounds just scrumptious!

Nicole said...

Thanks for sharing your family recipe! So good to have those to depend on to know what you'll get. :)