This recipe when the kids were little was something I would say we had every other month if not more often. Over the years it became something we have maybe once a year, but it has been at least 2 years since I last made it. My wife and I both like it but it isn’t what I now consider a healthy meal. It’s made with a packaged product that is very salty. Over the years, purely by accident, I guess I have become a healthy cook. My cooking became healthy because I just liked making everything myself, and wanted fresh ingredients. Now that way of cooking has become the norm of what they consider healthy cooking and eating. So my warped mind years ago brought me to now what is now considered healthy eating.
Actually this recipe was on the back of a package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix and is how I first made it. I did modify it the next time I made it, but it is the only modification I made. I won’t go back to making it often but since I bought the soup mix for the stew I might as well use the second packet up. So pork steak with onion gravy was our supper. The meat has a lot of flavour and is fork tender and the gravy is great. Simple, easy, and yes we enjoyed it.
2 pork shoulder Steaks
1 package onion soup mix
1/2 onion finely diced
a 5 inch piece of celery finely chopped
1 clove garlic minced
2 cups water
pepper to taste (no salt because the soup mix is salty)
1 teaspoon olive oil
corn starch and water to thicken the gravy
Pepper steaks, brown in a preheated frying pan with olive oil on medium heat about 6 minutes per side. You want them heavily browned. While steaks are browning mix onion soup mix with 1 cup of water in a casserole dish that has a tight fitting lid. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and mix. Place the steaks in casserole dish, pour off the fat from pan, add 1 cup of water. Deglaze pan and pour into casserole dish. Cover and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 2 hours. Check after 1 hour add more water if needed and check again after another half hour. After the 2 hours remove from oven, take steaks out of casserole dish, add the corn starch slurry and thicken the gravy. We had it with mashed potatoes (done my lazy way) and green beans.
Why do you think this is an unhealthy meal?
Salt level of the onion soup mix is very high. It equals out to about 1 teaspoon per portion. I love salt but I even find it salty. What off sets the saltiness is the other chemicals in the soup mix. The chemicals plus the salt are what makes it unhealthy, but I have tried to duplicate the taste without the soup mix but have always failed.
Prepared packets like that usually ARE very salty. I take every opportunity to toss bones from anything into the small Crock-Pot and let it bubble away for a couple of days. Makes wonderful stock for such needs. I’ve recently discovered Penzey’s spices and use them to the max.
Yes that’s the best way, I do buy stock but always low sodium or no salt added ones. I guess you could say I am one of the goofy people who read the ingredients on everything.
Do you have a recipe for your mashed potatoes done the lazy way? I’m always on the look out for easy recipes 🙂
It a post I did Dec 8 titled I gotten lazy about potatoes
Thank you! It sounds indeed like a comfortable way of cooking. It’s just smart!
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