Polish Cube Steaks With Gravy (Bitki Wołowe)


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Easy and comforting, traditional Polish Cube Steaks With Gravy. You’re going to love this recipe! Tender beef steaks slow-cooked to perfection in a deliciously rich sauce – this meal is a crowd-pleaser! Serve these tender steaks with creamy mashed potatoes and pickles for hearty, satisfying dinner!

Polish Cube Steaks With Gravy(Bitki Wołowe)

Here’s another beef recipe! 😉 This is a comforting, family-friendly meal that everybody loves. Cube steaks are simmered in a flavorful sauce with lots of warming spices and herbs. It’s delicious, easy to make, and won’t hurt your budget! This Polish classic is one of my favorite meals ever!

Why I love this recipe:

  • Easy to make – you make it very similar to a stew, simply brown the steaks, then cover with water and add the rest of the ingredients. Time will do the rest! Steaks are slowly cooked for 2-3 hours, until tender. I’m making this on the stove, but feel free to use a slow cooker or instant pot!
  • Cheap – this is a truly amazing dish that uses an inexpensive cut of beef and transforms it into something so yummy! 🙂 Use cube steaks for this recipe or buy round or chuck beef cut and cut it into thin slices then pound a little bit.
  • Seasoning – a lot of warming spices and herbs go into this dish! It’s delicious.
  • Taste even better the next day – I love this kind of food that takes better the next day, and the day after that! Plus, it reheats well. You can totally prepare it a few hours ahead or even a day ahead.
  • You can serve it however you like – I love these steaks with creamy mashed potatoes (it’s just a perfect combo!), but buckwheat, kopytka, rice, or bread work amazing too!
  • Crowd-pleaser – it’s a dish that everybody likes!

So, when are you trying this recipe? 🙂

Easy and comforting, traditional Polish Cube Steaks With Gravy. You're going to love this recipe! Tender beef steaks slow-cooked to perfection in a deliciously rich sauce - this meal is a crowd-pleaser! Serve these tender steaks with creamy mashed potatoes and pickles for hearty, satisfying dinner!
Easy and comforting, traditional Polish Cube Steaks With Gravy. You're going to love this recipe! Tender beef steaks slow-cooked to perfection in a deliciously rich sauce - this meal is a crowd-pleaser! Serve these tender steaks with creamy mashed potatoes and pickles for hearty, satisfying dinner!

What You Need For Bitki Wołowe

You’ll need a few pantry staples to make this dish. Nothing surprising here!

Here’s your checklist:

  • Beef – cube steaks, round beef cut or chuck beef cut work here.
  • Onion and garlic
  • Spices – bay leaves, allspice berries, juniper berries, ground nutmeg, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, pepper, and salt.
  • Herbs – dried marjoram, dried oregano.
  • Tomato paste – it’s optional, but I like to add a little bit.
  • Balsamic or red wine vinegar – it makes the beef even more tender.
  • Mustard – any you like.
  • Oil – regular cooking oil or olive oil.
  • Water
  • Corn starch

Plus something to serve it with up to your likings. 🙂

Easy and comforting, traditional Polish Cube Steaks With Gravy. You're going to love this recipe! Tender beef steaks slow-cooked to perfection in a deliciously rich sauce - this meal is a crowd-pleaser! Serve these tender steaks with creamy mashed potatoes and pickles for hearty, satisfying dinner!

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Easy and comforting, traditional Polish Cube Steaks With Gravy. You're going to love this recipe! Tender beef steaks slow-cooked to perfection in a deliciously rich sauce - this meal is a crowd-pleaser! Serve these tender steaks with creamy mashed potatoes and pickles for hearty, satisfying dinner!

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time3 hrsTotal Time3 hrs 10 mins

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In all my recipes 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml, 1 tablespoon equals 15 ml, 1 cup equals 250 ml. Spoons and cups are lightly packed.

 1 kg Minute/Cubed Steaks
 1 Onion (large)
 2 Garlic cloves (minced)
 2 Bay leaves
 1 tsp Allspice berriers
 1 tsp Dried marjoram (or more, to taste)
 4 Juniper berries (optional, but recommended)
 3 cups Water (hot)
 1 tsp Tomato paste
 Oil
 2 tsp Corn starch (or potato starch, rice starch etc.)
Marinade
 1 tsp Sweet paprika powder (smoked is OK too)
 Ground nutmeg, Ground cumin, Cayenne pepper, Dried oregano (1-2 pinches of each)
 1 tsp Salt
 Black pepper (to taste)
 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
 1 tsp Mustard
 1 tbsp Olive oil
 1 tsp Light soy sauce (optional, adds umami flavor)
To serve
 Mashed potatoes/buckwheat/Rice/Bread/Kopytka
 Chopped fresh parsley/dill
 Pickles/Pickled onion/Pickled salads

1

Marinate the meat overnight in spices if possible. If not, even 30 minutes is OK. Mix mustard, vinegar, all the spices and oil in a bowl. Rub the meat with the paste. Put in a plastic container or a zip bag, and marinate.

2

Take out the meat from the fridge 1 hour before frying. Heat the large pan or pot over medium heat with a little bit of oil. Aggressively brown the meat on both sides. You will need to do it in batches. Set aside.

3

Lower the heat a bit, add more oil if needed. Add onion and cook until soft, then add garlic and cook for a moment. Add corn starch and mix.

4

Pour hot water, add meat, allspice berries, juniper berries, bay leaves, and marjoram. Cover and simmer slowly for about 3 hours, or until the meat is tender. Add more water if necessary.

5

Serve with mashed potatoes or buckwheat and pickles.

Ingredients

 1 kg Minute/Cubed Steaks
 1 Onion (large)
 2 Garlic cloves (minced)
 2 Bay leaves
 1 tsp Allspice berriers
 1 tsp Dried marjoram (or more, to taste)
 4 Juniper berries (optional, but recommended)
 3 cups Water (hot)
 1 tsp Tomato paste
 Oil
 2 tsp Corn starch (or potato starch, rice starch etc.)
Marinade
 1 tsp Sweet paprika powder (smoked is OK too)
 Ground nutmeg, Ground cumin, Cayenne pepper, Dried oregano (1-2 pinches of each)
 1 tsp Salt
 Black pepper (to taste)
 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
 1 tsp Mustard
 1 tbsp Olive oil
 1 tsp Light soy sauce (optional, adds umami flavor)
To serve
 Mashed potatoes/buckwheat/Rice/Bread/Kopytka
 Chopped fresh parsley/dill
 Pickles/Pickled onion/Pickled salads

Directions

1

Marinate the meat overnight in spices if possible. If not, even 30 minutes is OK. Mix mustard, vinegar, all the spices and oil in a bowl. Rub the meat with the paste. Put in a plastic container or a zip bag, and marinate.

2

Take out the meat from the fridge 1 hour before frying. Heat the large pan or pot over medium heat with a little bit of oil. Aggressively brown the meat on both sides. You will need to do it in batches. Set aside.

3

Lower the heat a bit, add more oil if needed. Add onion and cook until soft, then add garlic and cook for a moment. Add corn starch and mix.

4

Pour hot water, add meat, allspice berries, juniper berries, bay leaves, and marjoram. Cover and simmer slowly for about 3 hours, or until the meat is tender. Add more water if necessary.

5

Serve with mashed potatoes or buckwheat and pickles.

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13 Comments

  1. Cindy Orley 12 November 2019 at 08:37

    I’m going to have to try this – it looks so delicious!

    Reply
  2. the real cie 12 November 2019 at 10:19

    This is one that I’m certainly going to try! My father’s maternal side was Lithuanian and I find some similarities between Polish and Lithuanian cuisine. I think that this is a dish that he would have loved.

    Reply
  3. ema 12 November 2019 at 12:42

    proper winter food – love this!

    Reply
  4. Robin 13 November 2019 at 11:21

    Love a good meat and potato dish! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinning!
    Robin

    Reply
  5. Cat | Curly’s Cooking 13 November 2019 at 21:52

    Really like the sound of this recipe. It’s like an elevated stew but with more interesting and tasty flavours. Yum!

    Reply
  6. Rebecca - Glutarama 16 November 2019 at 05:53

    I love the sound of this meal, it’s the kind of recipe you need for a cold autumn evening. Hoping my family love this when I make it..fingers crossed.

    Reply
  7. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome 17 November 2019 at 09:27

    This looks like a wonderful bowl of comfort food. Thanks for joining the What’s for Dinner party. I look forward to what delicious treats you’ll bring this week – Have a great day!

    Reply
  8. Michelle Rolfe 17 November 2019 at 10:05

    This looks like an ideal comfort bowl of food! I do love anything that I can smother in a good gravy and a side of mashed potatoes. Thanks for sharing with #CookBlogShare. Michelle

    Reply
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  10. lou Gunstone 19 November 2019 at 08:26

    Three things I love to hear ‘It’s delicious, easy to make, and won’t hurt your budget!’. I’m sold, Thanks

    Reply
  11. Veronica 25 November 2019 at 03:54

    This is perfect for the cold weather we are having. Can’t wait to try it!!!!

    Reply
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