Monday, July 18, 2011

Crock Pot Cube Steak with Gravy

I think my love for my Slow Cooker is pretty well known (well, at least to my family).  It really is one of my most favorite kitchen appliances.   It's right up there with my stand mixer.  It is the busy parent, busy worker, and beginner cook's best friend. It can take a rather tough cut of meat, like this cube steak here, and turn it into tenderness on a plate.  My favorite part of this recipe? The gravy. Oh mercy, the gravy.  Me and gravy, it's a love thang. So if you love your Crock Pot like I do, you gotta give this one a try.
Ingredients:
1 ½-2 pounds Cube Steak
1 package Brown Gravy Mix
1 package of Au Jus mix
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup, low sodium (or Cream of Mushroom Soup)
1 Can French Onion Soup, low sodium
1 Can of Water
water not pictured

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine soups, can of water and package mixes and mix well. 
Put cube steak in slow cooker. Pour soup mixture over cube steak. 
Cover slow cooker and cook steak on low for 6-8 hours.
Serve with mashed potatoes or egg noodles.
Cook’s Note: If you are sensitive to salt, I would suggest using lower sodium options for the gravy mix and au jus as well. Also, if it still tastes a bit too salty for you, add just a little cream or brown sugar to the gravy.


Enjoy!
Printable Recipe Here

93 comments :

  1. I heartily agree that the slow cooker is one great tool . . . even in the heat of summer, especially in the heat of a busy summer day. I'll be trying this. (Another appliance that ranks right up there is my immersion blender.)

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    1. I'd like to start out by saying I have followed this recipe through Pinterest. Sadly, my boyfriend is allergic to onion. All the recipes on pinterest including this one calls for onion soup. But it suggest cream of mushroom, which he does not like mushrooms. But will eat them if they are small....which are in the condensed soup. I think the au jus and brown gravy will cover the lil bit of mushroom. Thank you for allowing me to let my b/f have cube steak again. I've never cooked the old fashion way,it always intimidated me. But crock pot I'm a ole' pro at thank you. I know it will be flavorful and tender.

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  2. Oh my! Cube steak was one of my mom's staple meals when I was younger. I bet you we have it at least 2 times a month...We never had it with gravy, but that suuuuuure does look mighty tasty!

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    1. oh my mom made the best cube steak and cream gravy...always with mashed potatoes....YUM

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  3. I have never made cube steak before. I didn't know what to do with it. But I am so going to make this!! love a good crock pot recipe!

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    1. You can also fry it like fried chicken then make white gravy to serve over it. Really good with mash potatoes and biscuits.

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    2. The only way my mom cooked cube steak was to dredge it in flour and fry it up. So yummy! We would dredge the steak in some egg wash and then flour and fry it up in a skillet with about an inch of oil. Fry it until it's golden brown and cooked through. To make the gravy we would take out just enough of the oil to leave a couple or 3 tablespoons of oil and then put flour in the oil until it makes a paste (slurry). Pour a 1/4 cup of milk at a time in the pan stirring constantly until it was thick.

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  4. The cube steak is the beginning to a hearty meal. My mama prepared this for us when we were under her roof. I have yet to try my hand at it. I need to now to have a taste of home again. Looks so delicious and my stomach is growling over this one. Yummy!

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  5. Sounds like a meal to keep a family VERY happy - thanks!
    Mary

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  6. Wow. My family would love love love, did I say love....this recipe. It looks fantastic and is made in my fav applicance too. The crockpot. I knew we were kindred spirits (Tammie). Come over and visit us today. We have a great grilled fuit recipe.

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  7. OMG!! That looks amazing! I too am a fan of the crock pot it is the best invention ever :)
    I too will be adding this to my menu.

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  8. I grew up loving cube steaks. The husband? Not so much. Maybe your slow-cooker goodness can help me talk him into giving cube steaks a try. ;) Thanks, Bran!

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  9. This looks like an easy and delicious comforting meal! I added it to my menu plan for August! YUM!

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  10. Cube steak is not my favorite cut of meat, so unlike most Texans I do not like chicken fried steak. The main reason is that it is so tough. Preparing it as you suggested just might get me to like it-thanks for sharing.

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  11. I will have to give this a try, love to use the slow cooker on hot days and on sunday. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. That was so sweet of you to invite my daughter, Rhondi to visit and share a recipe on your blog. About this crock pot recipe, It looks so good and would be easy for me to make since I work full time. Rhondi bought me a crock pot for Christmas a few years back, but unfortunately it's in storage with all of my other great cooking utensils. Love your blog!!
    Donna Stiles

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  13. I'm with you on the gravy, Brandie!

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  14. I do love me some slow cooker... and some gravy! This looks like a good dinner :)

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  15. I don't use my slow cooker nearly enough! This looks like some down home type of slow cooking. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! And keep them coming honey!

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  16. Oh wow! I've been making this wrong all these years!

    My family makes this simply with the steak and the cream soup. I never thought about adding all the extras for some extra good flavoring!

    I will definitely be making this one. Thank you! :)

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  17. This was great. Love crock pot cooking. In the heat of July and can still have good old comfort food. Thanks ffor sharing this recipe.

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  18. Question. Do you add water to the dry gravy mixes or just them to the other soups? I want to try this tonight

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  19. No water is added to this unless you want a thinner gravy. Hope that helps. :)

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  20. MMMmmm...I cannot wait to try this! Looks so simple and delish! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Popping in from Gooseberry Patch, nice to meet you!

    Much Love & Blessings,
    ESTHER
    www.oursimplecountrylife.com

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  21. I grew up eating cube steak. My mom would make a brown gravy and add sauteed onions. She would brown the meat. Then she would simmer it for maybe an a hour or 2.
    My husband calls this farm food and loves it! I haven't made it in years.
    Have you noticed that the price of cube steak isn't inexpensive in the grocery stores?!

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  22. I tried this recipe out for supper tonight! It was heavenly!!! When the meat was finished I just threw a bag of egg noodles in the crock pot and let them cook in the beef gravy. They turned out great! And so easy! We will certainly be making this one again! Thank you so much for sharing it!

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  23. Hi Cari! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know how it turned out for you! I'm SO happy to hear that y'all enjoyed it! Yay!!

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  24. This recipe looks wonderful! I'd love it if you submitted it to us here at Gooseberry Patch for possible inclusion in a new slow cooker cookbook. Just follow the link for simple directions! Thanks!

    http://www1.gooseberrypatch.com/gooseberry/recipe.nsf/f.sharearecipe

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  25. This was a very good recipe and I will make it again. I can't stress enough that Low Sodium soups should be used. I thought I could get away with using the regular ones, but it was WAY too salty. I, too, took the meat out and put a bag of egg noodles to cook in the sauce for about 20 minutes. A very tasty dish! Thank you for posting!

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  26. Overall the cubed steak was really good, but I do have a question. The gravy was really thick, rich and too salty. Although the recipe doesn't indicate it, should I have mixed a can of water with each of the condensed soups? Other comments suggest using the low sodium versions for less salt. Thanks for any advice.

    By the way, I used a bottom round roast that was trimmed by the butcher. It was cut into 1/2" thick slices and cubed twice, resulting in 1/4" steaks. I also browned the steaks in a cast iron skillet before adding to the slow-cooker.

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  27. Hi Bill, thanks for your comment! I definitely recommend low sodium items for this and also adding one can of water. The gravy is the best part of this. I think, also, some of the newer crock pots run at a higher temperature so the gravy reduces down quickly. If you find that is the case, add in another can of water to help with the thickness. Hope that helps!

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  28. All I got is- OMG!!!! Made these today- something different for my husband. He is very very ill & I have been trying new things out!!! He loved it- could even cut the meat all by himself!!! The only thing I changed was the cube steak to chicken fried steak. My butcher said that cube would fall apart because they tenderize twice & only once for chicken fried. I made mashed potatoes & all day green beans- my way of cooking canned ones. He wants again & I am so happy I have found your blog-

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  29. Hi Jen!! It just thrills me to bits to know your husband enjoyed this recipe. And you are so sweet to want to make some good meals for him!! I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to let me know how this came out for you. Big hugs to you both!

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  30. My family really enjoyed this recipe. They requested that it be added to my "Tried and True" recipe book.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Ok, YUM. Not a weekly meal due to sodium but so easy, flavorful, and aromatic! I was so distracted when assembling it I couldn't remember if I'd already added a can of water so I tossed in one half of a can just in case. Delicious and will definitely make again.

    -Ginge

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  32. Can't wait to try this. Looks yummy. We have always eaten cube steak - fried of course - we are in the South - lol. What would be a good substitute for the French Onion Soup? If I leave it out how would it effect the flavor? My dad cant' eat onions, but still want to try this.

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    1. Maybe try cream of mushroom in it's place...

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  33. O.M.G. another great recipe, you def have another follower! I figured to try this recipe since my 1st recipe w/ you was the Banana Puddin Poke Cake & was an instant hit, & u def didn't let anyone in this household down this time either. I have been looking for SOOOOO long another way esp. w/ the slowcooker on how to cook cube steak, don't get me wrong I love the traditional fried way but just wanted something different but not complicated. I def suggest to go with the low sodium idea, we're big salt eaters in the house(sadly) & almost always have to salt everything even after it's been "seasoned" but this I didn't have do anything but add a lil bit more pepper for my taste. It was sooooo perfect & tender a def must repeat. I did double this recipe & did a can each of cream of mushroom & cream of chicken soups, added some sliced onions(b/c DH absolutely loves onions), & added a few dashes of pepper. Looking forward to trying your other dishes!! :D

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  34. SO glad you enjoyed this one!! Cube steak is such a budget-friendly meat too so it's nice to have other ways to make it!! I appreciate y'all taking the time to let me know how it turned out for you!!

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  35. Hi. I think this sounds wonderful. I was wondering can you cook it on high for 4-5 hours and get the same result? Thanks

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  36. Kmona - I'm sure you could. Not all crock pots are made equal these days. Some of them (especially newer models) get so hot and they can actually cook food so fast that it doesn't have time to get tender (like you would get from slower cooking).

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  37. This looks amazing! Thank u! I am always looking for new yummy recipes for my large family!!!

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  38. About how many servings does this recipe yield?

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  39. are there different cuts of cube steak? i was going to make this but the cube steak here is like paper thin. pounded with a malet looking.

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  40. making this tonight! looks so yummy in the slow cooker now.

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  41. I have this in the crockpot now. Been cooking it since 6am. Ohhhh man, it smells heavenly!! In about an hour I will be putting in dried egg noodles. Can't wait to try this! Oh i added 2 cans of drained mushrooms too.

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  42. It's a snowy day here in Colorado, and I have this cooking in the crock pot today. Can't wait to dig in later! I'll be making mashed potatoes and the butter dip biscuits to go with it. YUMMY!

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  43. I always add a liitle bit of leftover morning coffee to brown gravy sauces, It darkens the color and deepens the flavor

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  44. Is this something could cooked ahead and frozen to reheat?

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    1. I've never actually tried that, I'm sorry. So I don't have a good answer. If you do try it, please let me know!

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  45. I did cooked this for my family last night and I must say from myself and the family... KUDOS!!!!! I've never seen cubed steak as form tender before. I loved it and will put this in rotation of the "go to" meals for sure.

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  46. This looks sooooo good but I have a question can I use somthing else instead of the cream soup due to the fact my son is highly allergic to milk and all creamed soups contain milk....

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    1. Hi Tammy! I wish I had a good answer but I'm really not sure. I would say use some sort of soy based product but I don't know how well it would hold up in the crock pot. Maybe someone on here might have a good suggestion for you!

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    2. Hello Tammy - Google "substitute for creamed soup in recipes" for some great ideas

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  47. Holy guacamole is this good! I have made this several times actually and it turns out 100% awesome each and every time. I've served it over egg noodles and mashed potatoes and both were fabulous. That gravy is to die for!
    Thank you so much for posting so many amazing recipes, I have yet to try a bad one!

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  48. Hi! This recipe is the best. My parents are coming to visit and I'm making this! How much meat would you recommend for 6 people? Thank you for this great recipe! Laurie

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  49. I just put this in the slow cooker but have a question. My cube steaks equaled 6 patties. The gravy didn't quite cover them so I added 1 extra can of water. Do you think I should do anything else? The gravy already seems quite thick before cooking so I'm worried it will cook down too much after 6 hours. What do you think? Thank you!

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  50. Just finished a sample off the crock pot. I'm still partial to the white/mushroom gravy style my mom and grandmother make, but this one is a solid alternative with a very different flavor (the onion and au jus being the drivers) certainly worth mixing in to change things up from time to time. Thanks!

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  51. Good morning! I have just put this is the slow cooker. Have been following you for awhile on Facebook but am new to your site. (Bookmarked it!) Every dinner this week is coming from you! :) We had the baked Ravioli last night, and are doing this tonight. I just happen to have all ingredients on hand except for the French Onion soup, so I substituted Beef Consommé and a can of water. I hope it won't be too salty. Will let you know!
    Barbara

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  52. Found this on Pinterest and decided to try it because all I ever seem to make in the crockpot is chicken. This turned out awesome! It makes the whole house smell great as well. I used microwaveable baked potatoes as a side dish. I will definitely be adding this to the slow cooker rotation.

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  53. Definitely going to try this and likely will add quartered potatoes or perhaps red new ones. That should aid in the high sodium content as well. If you over salt a dish and it has enough liquid adding a peeled whole potato will absorb a good amount of the salt.

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    1. Great tip and advice - thank you for sharing!

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  54. I made this today, and the gravy was delicious (I used low-sodium soups), but oddly enough, the steaks were a little dry ?? I put them in straight from the freezer, and cooked it on low for 9 1/2 hours. Did I cook it TOO long?

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    1. Hi! Yep, it sounds like it was a bit too long. The directions state 6-8 hours but you were cooking from frozen so I would have kept it between the 7 or 8 hour range. Plus, cube steak can vary from thinner to thick. It really depends on how your supermarket sells it. I have one store in my area that only does it fairly thin but I can go to Wal-Mart and find thicker cuts. So if they are pretty thick, they need slightly longer cooking time but ones on the thinner side will obviously cook up faster. Hope that helps and I'm glad you still enjoyed it!

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  55. Do you not have to brown the steak first?

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  56. Though I did alter it a bit (I didnt have french onion soup, so I used a lipton's onion soup packet) same concept, and my kids LOVED it. They aren't big meat eaters, but I didn't have to coerce them into taking a few more bites. Thank you so much! Your blog is fantastic!

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  57. Put it together this morning. Left out the brown gravy and hope that's not to big of a deal. My local IGA did not have ANYTHING with lower sodium so that's a bummer. cant wait to try after work.

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  58. I can taste it already just from looking at the photo. Yummy! I would like to make this for our church carry-in dinner and wonder how many people your recipe would feed then I can calculate for a larger group?

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  59. I have never used cubed steak for anything other than Chicken Fried Steak!! I will be giving this a try in the very near future. Thank you for all of your recipes and ideas!!

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  60. Saw the post, love to cook in the crock pot. Tried the Cube Steak with gravy, big hit with the family! Will be trying more of the recipes, thanks

    Sheila Flynn

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  61. Thanks SO much!! So happy you like this one! I appreciate you coming back to let me know! :)

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  62. Can anyone tell me about how much gravy this makes? Feeding 5 people.

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  63. Love, love, love this recipe!!! It is one of my husbands favorites. I have made it several times since seeing it on your page and it is always a hit even with my 1 and 2 year olds:). Thank you!

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  64. I have never tried cube steak & am so excited to try this recipe! I love, loves your recipes but most of all i love how you post a picture of the ingredients, it really helps me when i dont know what some of the items are. Thank u soooooi much!!!

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  65. Can this be made in the oven? I can't wait to make!

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  66. I am in Australia what is Aus Ju & what can I use in place of it please.

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  67. I have only had cube steaks once when my husband prepared them for me and they were tough and awful(he loved them). I was leary to try this recipe but decided to give it a go. It was AMAZING!!! I've made it several times and the only thing I had to adjust was not using the french onion soup (hubby hates onions). The gravy was just as delicious without it!!! Served it with egg noodles and it was fantastic! Thanks for all the yummy recipes! Have loved almost every one I have tried!

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  68. Could I use round steak?

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  69. I have been looking for a quick and easy recipe for venison cube steak, and believe me i found it! This was fantastic. Wife and 2 young children loved it. Thank you so much, this will give me a reason to get back in the woods.

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  70. Awww - you made my day - thank you!! So happy y'all love this one!! It is one of my "go-to" meals for sure. For those of you asking, you can use a round steak for this. Any cut of beef will work fine (or venison) :)

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  71. I had pinned this once but it no longer showed up. I hope this one stays on Pinterest! Thanks for your great recipes!

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  72. I have it cooking in the crockpot now. First time trying cubed steak in the crockpot. Smells delicious! Can't wait for dinner. Thanks for the recipe.

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  73. Should you brown cubed steak beforehand?

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  74. Made this tonight...we loved it.Thanks for sharing:)

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  75. I have a quick question. My son doesn't like onions and I wanna know if I can use 2 cans of the cream of chicken soup in place of the french onion soup or just leave it out.

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  76. The cubed steaks I got at the store are very thin.They look a lot thinner than the pictures you provided. How long do you think it will take in the crock pot?

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  77. One of my family's top 10 meals. So hearty and so darn yummy for the tummy.

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  78. This sounds lovely and really tasty. Thank you for sharing this.

    Simon

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  79. I used the French onion soup - but just the juice. I strained the onions out and the gravy was awesome :)

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    1. Could I cook on high for 3 hours instead of low for six??

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