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Cube steak is not always the most popular cut of beef I sell. Because it is a very lean cut of beef without much fat, it tends to be on the tough, chewy side, if not cooked properly. Slicing this cut of beef into bite-size bits is a great way to enjoy lean, healthy cubed steak!
Cubed Steak is derived from lean, boneless muscles of any major primal (ideally Chuck, Loin, Rib, or Round) exclusive of any Shank, Heel, Neck, and Stew Meat. The name comes from the process of mechanical tenderization using a meat “Cubing Machine” that has two sets of sharp pointed discs which cut and shape irregular pieces of meat. The mechanical tenderizer pierces the meat and shortens the muscle fiber, resulting in an uneven surface on the cut. The process makes a normally less tender cut more tender.
Got a party coming up? Try these tasty steak bites using the Cubed Steak cut. Paired with different dipping sauces, it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Popcorn Steak bites are also sure to be a kid-approved. Using the recipe below, you can substitute the chips with Italian bread crumbs, or Panko bread crumbs, and use marinara sauce for dipping. The possibilities are endless!
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Popcorn Steak Bites
- 1 lb. beef Cubed Steaks, cut 1/2 inch thick
- 6 cups ridged potato chips (any flavor)
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
Dipping Sauces: Ranch or Thousand Island dressing, mustard, ketchup, barbecue sauce, or marinara sauce
- Cut beef steaks into 1X1-inch pieces; set aside.
- Place chips in bowl of food processor. Cover; pulse on and off to form fine crumbs.Cook’s Tip: To crush chips with rolling pin, place chips in large food-safe resealable plastic bag. Close bag securely, leaving one inch opening. Finely crush chips in bag with rolling pin.
- Combine pepper and flour in a shallow bowl. Place crushed chips and eggs into two additional shallow bowls. Dip steak pieces in flour, then into egg, then into crushed chips, turning to coat all sides and pressing chips onto steak pieces.
- Spray rack of broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place beef bites on rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is 6 inches from heat. Broil 8 to 10 minutes or until 160°F. Serve immediately with dipping sauces, as desired.Cook’s Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed beef. Cubed steaks should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of cubed steak doneness.