Cube steaks are an easy solution, because they are inexpensive and cook in a matter of minutes. What? You've never had a cube steak?
A cube steak is either a piece of top round or top sirloin that has been tenderized with a masher. I let my butcher do the work since he has a mechanical tenderizer. One night, in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I spend a few dollars on cube steak with no particular recipe in mind. I'd had a long day at the office, I was tired and hungry.
I wiped each steak dry, so that they'd brown nicely in a hot skillet. Seasoning was simple-- kosher salt & pepper. I wanted a sauce, because I wanted to make mashed potatoes. NOTE: Both steaks cost less than $7.00.
So, I grabbed some beef stock,…