Sue's Swiss Steak in the Pressure Cooker

 Here’s a dish right out of Mom’s kitchen…and we served it with traditional sides, freezer mashed potatoes and home canned green beans.   My husband loves the tender meat and delicious gravy, I like the fact it doesn’t have to cook all day.  I often make this and freeze extra meal portions with the sauce for a busy-day lunch; simply reheat in the microwave or a non-stick covered skillet.  Round steak is usually reasonably priced here, and this recipe makes it really tender.
I use my stove-top 6 quart pressure cooker, or I have also used my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.
This is a dish that was popular for Sunday or company dinners back in the fifties and sixties, and we still enjoy it.              

                            Sue's Swiss Steak
  2             pounds  round steak (does not need to be tenderized)
  2             tablespoons lard or cooking oil
  15           ounces  tomatoes, canned
  1 1/2      cups  water
  1             cup  onion -- chopped
     1/2      cup  green pepper -- chopped
     1/2      cup  celery -- sliced
     1/2      teaspoon  garlic salt
     1/2      teaspoon  pepper
     1/2      teaspoon  Italian seasoning
     1/4      cup  cornstarch -- or cook-type clear jel or ultra jel
     1/4      cup  water
  1             teaspoon  beef base
  6 -8 servings  cooked potatoes, noodles or rice

Cut the steak into 6 or 8 even-sized pieces.  Sprinkle with garlic salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
Heat 2 tablespoons lard or oil in pressure cooker pan and brown the pieces, setting them aside until all are browned.
Place meat in bottom of pan, cover with tomatoes and water, then chopped vegetables.
Close cover, place pressure regulator on vent pipe.  On high heat, bring to pressure.  Cook 15 minutes after the cooker reaches 15 pounds pressure, keeping the pressure gauge rocking slowly by lowering heat.
Remove from heat and let pressure drop of it's own accord - 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove steak and vegetables and keep warm.  Combine cornstarch (or clear jel or ultra jel) and water and beef base and stir into cooking liquid in pressure cooker.  Cook and stir until sauce boils and thickens.
Serve sauce over steak and your choice of potatoes, noodles or rice.
6-8 Servings


  1. looks good. Hubby is suppose to get me a instant pot for Valentine's day.
    I look forward to using it.

    1. You'll like your instant pot. Like anything, there is a short learning curve. This a good recipe to try.


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