Monday, February 22, 2010

OLD FASHIONED BEEF "BIRDS"

This recipe is another from the area where I grew up in Southern Indiana.

1 1/2 lb round steak
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 tbsp shortening
1 can condensed consomme
1/2 tsp dry mustard

Cut the steak into 6 serving pieces and pound with a meat mallet or the edge of a saucer.

Chop the mushrooms and mix with the onion and Cheddar cheese. Put 3 tablespoons of the mixture in the center of each piece of steak; reserve remaining mixture. Roll the beef pieces jellyroll style and fasten with a wooden toothpick. In a shallow dish or pie plate, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. Dredge the meat rolls in the flour mixture, rolling to cover all sides.

Melt the shortening in a large skillet and brown the meat rolls in the skillet. Pour off the drippings. Combine the consomme and dry mustard; add to the skillet with the steak rolls. Cover and cook slowly for 45 minutes. Add the remaining cheese mixture to skillet and continue to slow cook for another 45 minutes. If desired, thicken the liquid with some cornstarch or flour to make a gravy to serve over the steak rolls.

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