Smothered Steak

Pieter Aertsen, c. 1508-1575, Market Woman

Take one dozen large onions, boil them in very little water until they are tender.

Pound and wash a beef steak, season it with pepper and salt, put it in a pan with some hot beef dripping, and fry it till it is done. Take it out, put it on a dish, where it will keep hot. Then, when the onions are soft, drain and mash them in the pan with the steak gravy, and add pepper and salt to the taste. Put it on the fire and as soon as it is hot, pour it over the steak and serve it.

This recipe was taken as is from The National Cook Book, by a Lady of Philadelphia, 1850.

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