Poor Man's Steak

A delicious dinner recipe well-suited for sharing.

By Jennifer Butters, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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Poor man's steak is common fare in Pennsylvania Mennonite homes.  It's also a simple and inexpensive dinner to make and a delicious reminder of sacred family traditions, a treat for the whole family to enjoy!


3 pounds ground beef

1 cup saltine cracker crumbs

1 cup cold water

1 onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Oregano & sage, to taste

Mix together:
1 large can cream of mushroom soup

1 large can beef broth


1. Mix beef, crumbs, water, onion, salt, pepper, oregano and sage. Press into 14½x11-inch pan. Refrigerate overnight.

2. Remove meat, slice, coat in flour. In a skillet, brown both sides. Place meat in large roaster and cover with soup mixture then foil.

3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake for 1½ hours.

Serves 10-12

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When I saw this recipe I was so happy, I have always made "meatloaf" by the guess method. This was wonderful and made for delicious leftover meals. I am now rich in the giving of "poor man's steak". Thank you

Lisa, This contributor of this recipe tells us she uses a "family size" can -- 26 ounces. Thanks for your comment! Gpmoderator

Is a "large can" the equivalent of two 10 3/4 oz.size can?