By Kevin Williams
Steaks are a popular meat in Amish homes, whether they are T-Bones thrown onto the grill or other cuts of meat that qualify as “steak.” Among the Amish, most have access to their own home-butchered supply of meat. So steaks and chops are in plentiful supply, usually. So recipes for fixing those steaks can be real gems. This first one is a “Mennonite Steak” that my parents fixed the other night, a recipe from my archives.
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Back to the steak my parents made, it was using about a one-inch thick boneless sirloin steak from a neighborhood butcher. You’ll get the best meat from those smaller mom and pop places.
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 /2 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of onion salt
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- 1 large boneless, 1" thick boneless sirloin steak
- Mix marinade well and soak steaks overnight.
- Grill the next day according to your preference and serve.
The Oklahoma Amish are legendary for their thick steaks and well-seasoned chops. Try this recipe from the Amish community in Chouteau, Oklahoma. Chicken breasts can be used in this recipe and if you want to just forget the grill, you can layer everything in a pan and bake!
Serves: 2 servings
- 2 steaks, chunked
- 1 potatoes, chunked
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 /2 medium, onion
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- ½ cup fresh, sliced mushrooms
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Put into a piece of heavy duty tin foil and fold edges up and seal tightly, making a "packet".
- Cook over medium coals (or grill) until steak and potatoes are done (about 35-45 minutes)
Brown sugar is actually a great base for a meat marinade. This recipe comes to me from an Amish woman in Iowa. Give it a try!
- 1lb steak (flat iron, flank, ribeye, tip)
- 1 Tablespoon virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons mustard
- 1 /2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- salt and pepper
- Place steak in a large shallow dish.
- Add oil, mustard, brown sugar, and lots of salt and pepper then rub into steak and marinate for 1-4 hours.
- Let steak rest out of fridge for 10-15 minutes then heat grill to high and grill to preferred doneness. Let rest 5-7 minutes before serving.
And another similar recipe using molasses. I know “molasses steak” may sound odd or not very good, but give it a try if you are adventurous.
- 1 cup of molasses (reserve about 3 tablespoons)
- 5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 /4 ciup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 pounds of steak trimmed of excess fat
- Mix all ingredients in a big bowl and pour into a 1 gallon-size freezer bag.
- Let steaks soak overnight.
- In the morning brush the steaks with remaining molasses and then put onto the grill.
- Heat until meat is cooked through
Oh wow, this is one after my own heart. Believe it or not, an Amish woman in Kentucky sent me this. The Amish DO drink soda. At least in some communities. In Berne, Indiana I see Amish people piling cases of Mountain Dew into their buggies. And it seems to me Pepsi is more common than Coke among the Amish. So when I saw this recipe, wow…
- 2 cans of Coke
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1½ pounds sirloin steak
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Pour Cokes into a large bowl.
- Add chopped onion.
- Place steak in Coke mixture making sure it is completely covered. Let steak marinate for at least 20 minutes.
- In another small bowl add brown sugar, salt, pepper, onion powder, and paprika. Stir with a fork to combine.
- Remove steak from marinade and completely coat with brown sugar mixture.
- Fry or grill for 4 to 5 minutes each side or to desired doneness.
- Remove steak from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes
And here is a bonus steak recipe from the Amish Cook:
GLORIA’S BACON STEAKS
- Italian dressing
- Seasoning salt
- Steaks, sliced 1 /2 inch thick
Marinate sliced steaks in Italian dressing mixed with seasoning salt for 24 hours.
Wrap bacon slices around steak.
Wrap each steak with a slice of bacon.
Grill both sides until no longer pink on the inside, approximately 10 – 15 minutes.
And if you don’t have steak here are some more economical options!