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Old-Fashioned Poor Man’s Steak

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 4 hours


9 servings

These flavorful "steaks" fit into everybody's budget. A special friend shared the recipe, and I think of her each time I make this. - Susan Wright, Mineral Wells, West Virginia


  • 1 cup crushed saltine crackers (about 30 crackers)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • Hot mashed potatoes or noodles


  1. In a large bowl, combine cracker crumbs, water, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press into an ungreased 9-in. square pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  2. Cut into 3-in. squares; dredge in flour. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; add beef and cook until browned on both sides, 2-3 minutes on each side.
  3. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker with a slotted spatula or spoon. Add soup.
  4. Cover and cook on high until meat is no longer pink, 4 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 292 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 372mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein.

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