Thursday, February 12, 2015

Steak in a bag and mushrooms


This is one of my mom's foolproof recipes that she made for company when I was growing up. 

I don't know if she found it in recipe book or it was given to her by a friend. Heck, I don't even know if that's the original name, but it's what my family has always called it.

My apologies for the handwriting, but I must have been in a hurry when I wrote it 20 years ago, so if you can't read it, please let me know :)

I only changed two things. I use Olive Oil instead of vegetable (it didn't change the flavor one bit) and I shred my own cheese. It uses about two cups for two steaks.

Side one:


Side two:


This recipe can be doubled or tripled. Just make sure they'll fit in the bag.

Here's all the ingredients, mixed and ready to go:


Make sure you have thick steaks or you'll need to adjust the time by 5 minutes less on each cooking time.

The paper grocery sack is ready to go:


I took the handles off.

And of course I have my trusty cooking audience of one:



Here they are in the sack, covered all over in yumminess:


Now to seal the bag....


My mom always used staples, but I found out that paperclips work just as well.

Now it's time for the mushrooms.

Just a little dab of the butter mix....


and then topped with the cheese mixture.


I put a little water or chicken broth, and wine in the bottom. Sometimes it's red wine and sometimes it's white.

Because I only have one oven, I usually cook the mushrooms ahead of time and then heat them up while I let the steak rest for a bit.

Here's the finished result with mashed potatoes:


Everyone I know loves it, but I'll tell you what...

once a man tries it, he'll be begging for more ;)

xo
rue


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45 comments:

  1. Oh my stars, I can smell it from here! That looks so good! Maybe I'll request it for my birthday! Of course, I will probably be making it. Laura doesn't like to touch meat, even though she eats it sometimes! Rue, if I had the funds and lived in a better climate, I'd buy Clarence! That is poetry in motion:) Hope you have a good night!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thank you, Deb! I hope you get it for your birthday :)

      xo

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  2. That looks amazing! I have a house guest who is opposed to mushrooms, but when I get my house back - I can't wait to try this for me and my husband!

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  3. I've never seen anyone cook something like that. And your writing is better than mine!
    Brenda

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    1. HA! Sometimes I can't even read what I wrote.

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  4. That is so much fun! I would have never thought to do steaks in a paper bag. We love steak and mushrooms here, so this would be a hit!

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  5. Did you eat it all? If not, I'm coming over! :) This looks so good and it's always wonderful to have a tried and true recipe. Some of my best recent recipes are from bloggers! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. OMG! This looks so tasty! I am definitely pinning this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. I will definitely be trying this.

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  7. Wow!! I thought I was a pretty savvy cook but this is out of this world! I'm always looking for new things to try and the whole paper bag thing is awesome. Next time I'm at the grocery store and they ask, "Paper or plastic?", I know what to say. I think I have everything else.

    I love seeing your little pup, you have even remarked how similar Layla and he are (Bubba?). And thanks for coming by today...it's great to have a new friend! :) So glad you are back in the blogging world.

    Jane xx

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    1. I hope you all like it, Jane :)

      I'm glad to be back too.

      xo

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  8. My mom used to bake apple pie in a paper bag. My husband (then boyfriend ) thought she was crazy...major fire hazard, he said. We used to laugh at him, because my mom did it all the time, until one Thanksgiving the bag caught fire. It was ok, we put it out quickly, but I've never heard of anyone else doing that! Ps...I have the same recipe cards and box!!

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    1. LOL She probably got it too close to the coils at the top. I have a gas oven, so I haven't had a problem. I still put it on the lower rack just in case ;)

      I can't believe you have the same ones! That's so neat :)

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  9. That looks so yummy...I don't like mushrooms but find myself wanting these. cherry

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    1. I suppose that's pretty good sign ;)

      xo

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  10. I am sure that my husband would love this!! Family recipes always seem to be the most delicious don't they! xx

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    1. I agree! I love all the meals my mom made for us growing up :)

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  11. I love olden family recipes...:)

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  12. That looks sooooo good! I have never cooked in a paper bag before. I would have thought it would catch on fire!

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    1. Just make sure you put it on a lower rack if you have an electric oven with coils and it should be fine, Penny :)

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  13. Oh Wow! With all the cooks in our family, I have never heard or seen this, but it looks so,so delicious! And my husband does love steak and stuffed mushrooms. Steak was on the menu for tomorrow, but now I have a new twist to try! Thank you for sharing ! I agree, old family recipes are the best! Happy weekend!

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    1. You're welcome! I hope you liked it :)

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  14. Oh my this looks good! Love it, steak in a bag!

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  15. There's always something good cooking at your house. Happy Valentine's Day, Rue!

    ~Sheri

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    1. I hope you had a great Valentine's too, Sheri! :)

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  16. What an interesting way of cooking steak! It sure looks yummy. I love mushrooms so I'm sure I would love these.
    Good that you have your trusted supervisor watching to make sure you do a good job :-)
    Jeannette

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    1. He's always there watching like a hawk ;)

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  17. Oh my gosh Rue, this looks amazing. I'm super hungry right now and all I want is this. I love stuffed mushrooms and yours look yummy! Gonna go get myself something to eat now :)

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    1. I do the same thing when I read your blog, Jessica LOL

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  18. Yum. That looks wonderful. It would be a great Valentine's meal for two. I learned a trick from a friend of baking tunafish sandwiches in a bag in the oven. I loved it and do it often. Can't wait to try the steak. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Tunafish? I'd like to see that one :)

      You're welcome, Barbara!

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  19. Yum! Now you have gone and made me hungry. I will definitely give this a try.

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  20. Hi Rue, It is so nice to visit you after such a long break. This is a recipe I will try soon. I could read it, no worries. The ingredients are everything my hubby loves. I have no doubt it will be a hit. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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    1. It's nice to visit you too, Jeanne. It feels like coming back home after a long trip.

      You're welcome, my friend :)

      xo

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  21. This is a very unusual recipe, Rue! I never heard of cooking anything in a paper bag before. Everything looks delicious!

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  22. We don't have paper grocery bags over here. What do you think I could use instead of a paper bag?

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