As a child, I remember going to my Granny's house in Tennessee. I didn't think that anyone could cook like my Granny! Once in a while she would make this and we always loved it. She used to just call it steak and gravy. This was one of those recipes that she said a little of this and some of that, so I'm trying to put it into a recipe format to share. I hope y'all enjoy this old-time, comfort food recipe. I always thought that it was pure country cooking at it's best. :)
1Wash and pat dry cube steaks. Sprinkle with salt and dredge in flour, set aside. In large skillet, brown the cube steaks in hot oil a couple of minutes on each side, then lay into slow cooker and set aside.
2In deep skillet (I use a cast-iron fryer), melt grease. While grease is melting, mix flour with salt, pepper, and sugar. When grease is melted, add flour mixture and brown well, stirring constantly. Add milk while stirring constantly. Continue to stir and bring gravy to a boil, but Do not allow to thicken.
3Pour gravy over browned cube steaks and add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Turn slow cooker on high and cover. After about 1 hour, turn cooker down to low and cook for about three more hours, gently stirring occasionally.
4About the last hour of cooking, check on the gravy. If too thick, thin down with a little water or milk, stirring or whisking gently. If too thin, mix a couple of tablespoons cornstarch with water to make a pourable paste. Slowly and gently stir into gravy. You must be very gentle when stirring so as not to break up the tender meat too much.
5When gravy is the desired consistency and meat is tender, turn slow cooker off or to keep warm. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes and with your favorite veggies.