Turning Cheap Steak Into Fancy Dinner

I don't know about you guys, but I don't have a money tree in my backyard.  As a family we've made some huge adjustments since adopting the Paleo lifestyle.  One of the biggest was making room in our budget for grass-fed meats and organic fruits and vegetables.  I've learned lots of little tricks to stretch our food dollars, but I thought today I'd write a quick, simple blog for you on how to make inexpensive steak into a delicious meal.I started with grass-fed top round steak.  Round steak is always among the cheapest cuts of steak, because it is usually on the tough side and does not have alot of fat or marbling.  It can be made great, especially with a marinade.  I start with a 24 hour marinade.

A good marinade includes an acidic liquid, an oil, and a flavoring.  The acid helps break down the protein bonds in the steak, making it less tough.  There are some fantastic marinades, but alot of them include soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or sugar . . . all of which are out on Paleo.  The others include spices that are out on AIP.  Here's my simple, fast marinade recipe.

AIP Steak Marinade
-2 tbsps. sea salt
-2 tsps. fresh cracked pepper
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1/4 warm water
-1/4 olive oil
-2 tbsps. white vinegar
-1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
-1/2 tsp. dried thyme

Blend all ingredients on high in the blender.  Slice up round steak.  Put steak in gallon-sized ziploc and pour marinade in the bag.  Push all the air out of the bag, seal, and shake to completely coat meat.  Push the bag into a small bowl so that marinade is forced to completely cover the meat for the next 24 hours.  Place in refrigerator.

The next step with the marinated steak is to cook very slowly over low heat.  Check the Alt-Ternative Autoimmune Facebook page tonight for a look at how the marinated steak turns out.

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7 thoughts on “Turning Cheap Steak Into Fancy Dinner

    1. Hi Anonymous-
      I baked it, covered w/ foil, in the oven at about 280-285 w/ green beans, onions & mushrooms for 1 1/2 hrs. I actually might use the slow cooker next time for even more tender meat, although the marinade did a good job tenderizing everything.

  1. Cindy

    I was looking for an AIP round steak recipe and your blog popped up. Thanks for sharing your story and your recipes. I'm new to cooking and not really good at just putting things together. Can you please tell me about how many pounds of round steak you use for this marinade? Also you mentioned olive oil as one of the ingredients, is this "extra virgin olive oil" or regular olive oil? Thanks again!

    1. Angie Alt

      Post author

      Hi Cindy! Thanks for stopping by! The olive oil was extra-virgin & this is for roughly a pound of round steak.

  2. Jennifer M

    This was awesome!! I made it with 2 lbs round steak and cooked it in the crockpot on low for 4 hrs. I added frozen green beans, sliced mushrooms and one sliced onion along with the marinated steak. Husband LOVED it and it's a one pot meal. Wohoo!


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