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A big hearty steak sandwich is an excellent dinner alternative! Which is why when my good friend told me about the “Marlboro Man” sandwiches the Pioneer Woman makes from cube steak that her “men folk” love…I had to check it out!
I couldn’t believe how simple these Steak Sandwiches are to make. I tried the P.W. original version…and it’s good. Really good. However, I knew I could make it better. I don’t say that gloating…even she admits that you can add things to her original version to make it better. Like mushrooms or peppers! I took a different path.
My second go-around…I decided to add LOTS of pepper jack cheese and a healthy dose of Lighthouse Cotija Cilantro dressing as a sauce. Oh! My! Gosh! A master piece of flavor perfection!
Cube steak is tenderized round steak that’s been extra tenderized. (Is that possible? I need to think about that!)
Slice the cube steak into strips, against the grain. If you look at the cube steak you can see the direction it was run through the tenderizer. You’ll want to cut in the opposite direction.
Place the meat in a bowl or on a plate and sprinkle with Lawry’s Seasoning salt. There’s no exact measurement for the seasoning salt. I’ll leave that for your personal taste.
Set the meat aside while you slice the onions!
Slice one large onion in half. Remove outer skin. (Yep…rip that tan dry skin right off the outside of that onion. Like a face peel!) You’re never gonna do that to an onion again and not think of that! lol (You’re welcome!)
Slice onion into thin slices.
In a large skillet melt 1/4 cup butter over medium-low heat! I know! That’s a lot of butter. Well buckle up…there’s even more coming!
Add sliced onions. Sauté until tender and slightly golden. About 7-10 minutes.
Remove onions and set aside.
Add 2 more Tablespoons of butter into the same skillet…there’s lots of butter in this dish! (Fat makes all things better! Which makes me freaking awesome!) Turn the heat to high. Let that butter melt and begin to turn brown, about two minutes.
Add 2-3 pounds sliced seasoned cube steak to hot skillet. Arrange in a single layer. Allow to cook until edges begin to turn crispy brown. Do not stir!
Using a spatula, flip the meat over to the other side. Once the meat is brown add 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce. You can add more later if you think it needs it. I found 1/2 cup to be plenty.
Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes. If you like it spicy, add a couple shakes of Tabasco sauce.
Add another 2 tablespoons of butter. (I know…there’s a lot of butter in this recipe! That’s why they’re so yummy! It’s the Butt-ah!) Allow the butter to melt, creating an even more flavorful sauce. Stir to combine.
Next add in the onions…
Lay slices of pepper jack cheese, in a single layer, overlapped, on top of the meat! Cover to melt the cheese and allow the meat to stay warm.
You can spread each half generously with softened butter and toast in a skillet…or if you kinda like to do things the easy way you can do like I do…
On a large griddle melt 2-3 Tablespoons of butter….there it is again! Yep…melt that butter directly on top of the griddle. It’s much easier than spreading butter on the sub rolls.
Place sub rolls inside down (does that make sense?) on the butter. Wait till buns are toasted golden brown and then turn them over to give the tops and bottoms a little “toast”!
Place a heaping scoop of the meat with melted cheese on bottom half of the bun. Spoon extra meat juices over the meat and cheese. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Very, very, very, (am I stressing that enough…?) important! That sauce is 150% flavor extract! All the amazing flavor from the meat is in that juice!
Drizzle with Light House Cotija Cilantro Dressing or a favorite hot sauce. I highly recommend the Cotija Cilantro dressing though. The flavor it adds to this sandwich…is out of this world!
Cover with the top bun.
Doesn’t that look absolutely delectable?!!!
The meat is tender and flavorful! That golden buttery toasted bun add just the right crunch to every bite. The onions, meat juices, and pepper jack are the perfect balance of flavors!
I served this wonderful sandwich with a side of fries, fresh fruit, and another family favorite…Frito Corn Salad! It’s a must at our summer cookouts.
Look how juicy that meat is! So good!
I never knew Cube Steak could make such a delicious sandwich! I’m a convert! I see loads of cube steak recipes in our future!
This is a sandwich truly worthy of any Man Cave! (Which may not be sayin’ too much cause…ya know “Man” cave! Just sayin’…lol)
Hope y’all enjoy this sandwich! It’s a stick-ta-yer-ribs meal! There will be finger licking involved…and that’s ALWAYS a sure sign of success in the kitchen!
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