I was talking to my mother-in-law the other day about some of the recipes we cooked when we first got married. A version of this Warming Braised Steak with Tomatoes & Onions was one of her mainstay recipes she used in her early days of marriage. It has been passed to her son and now I cook it for our family. I do have an admission to make and I am a little embarrassed to say this. I didn't know how to cook when I first got married. That was nearly nine years ago now and I look back and cringe at my inability to put together a meal. Well let me say I could cook biscuits, cookies and cakes and the basic spaghetti, lasagne and stir fry but I think that was about my repertoire. My hubby had to show me in what order to cook vegetables. Failure. I didn't bring much to the marriage in the way of a gourmet cook that's for sure. I sure hope I have improved over the past 9 years in the kitchen department. I am quietly confident that I possibly have. I hope!
It's funny how some recipes stay in your cooking repertoire over the years. Hubby first made this dish for me in the early days of our marriage just as his mum did. It's an easy one to put together and makes use of a budget piece of barbecue steak. I cook this braised steak when I have no idea what to do with the piece of steak defrosting on the bench top. I have tweaked this recipe a little to the original that hubby's mum use to make but it still tastes just as good. It's a great dish to cook when the wind is blowing outside and the temperature is dropping. It's comfort food and warms the belly nicely.
This dish makes great use of some unhappy looking tomatoes in the fridge, a brown onion or two and a few pieces barbecue steak. You could also use chuck, blade, or flank steak here. Anything that will break down nicely in a slow simmer. The Worcestershire adds a lovely acrid kick and the allspice sends warming vibes over the body. This dish is simplicity in a pan but tastes like you have been slaving over the stove for hours when in fact you have not. Serve the braised steak over a heaping mound of creamy mashed potato or polenta or if you are being healthy a simple bowl of steamed vegetables will also do the trick. Don't forget to have a crusty loaf of bread on hand to mop up the juices at the end and if you can't help yourself finish of by licking the plate clean... or not!