It wasn’t a holiday. It wasn’t a birthday. It was just a regular sunday and I felt like cooking.
I was in college at the time, so my skills were limited to canned soup and instant pudding. I found my mom’s old wooden recipe holder and began leafing through the handwritten cards. I was hoping to find a recipe I could both read and follow.
I landed on a yellow card with “Lenore’s Steak” scrawled across the top. The main ingredient was London Broil. I didn’t know London Broil was a steak. I didn’t know it was a cut of meat meant to broiled, not baked. I didn’t know mom meant to write down Brisket instead.
It seems Lenore’s recipe went through a couple of rounds of the Telephone Game before making it to the recipe card. Fast forward o many years later and the only thing that has changed iabout this recipe is the name. So it is written, so shall it be done.
Mom’s Missed Steak or The London Bake
Total time: 2 hours
- 1 London Broil
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 1 tblsp butter
- 1 tblsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp garlic, or 1 clove pressed
- ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Salt and pepper both sides of the meat. Place into rectangle oven proof dish. you want to keep the size of the meat and the size of the dish almost the same.
- Slice onion into thin rings. Set the largest rings aside for later.
- In a pot mix the smaller onion rings, ketchup, water, butter, lemon juice, garlic, and Worcestershire saucetogether. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally. It is ready when the butter has melted and the ketchup has thinned out and has a sauce consistency.
- Place the onion rings you set aside on top of the meat.
- Pour sauce over the meat. You want the meat to be completely covered. This is why I use a dish the same size as the meat.
- Bake for 1½. Remove meat from dish and slice. Place the slices back into the dish and put back into oven for another 30 minutes.
- You can serve immediately.
Serve with roasted or mashe potatoes, on a bed of rice, or with couscous.