To be honest, I was kind of taken aback recently when someone said to me they wouldn’t know what to do with Pork Steak. We do various things with pork steak, but these folks weren’t even familiar with that good old-fashioned stuffed pork steak!
I think it was the first thing I ever learned to cook! When we were kids Stuffed Pork Steak was our absolute FAVOURITE dinner.
If our parents ever made that fatal mistake to ask what we’d like for dinner? The resounding answer would most likely have been PORK STEAK!
And now it is time for a confession!
I recall, probably my first time to invite the family for Sunday dinner, I went to my local butcher and I asked for 5 pork steaks. The poor man nearly fell over! Bless him, though. Rather than fleece me – charge me full price and give me my 5 pork steaks. I got a lecture on how expensive that was going to be, and I should cook a pork roast for that number of people.
I had to admit to him that I didn’t know how to cook a roast…. so he gave me full instructions. If only there were butchers around like that now? The whole situation was probably made even more memorable by the fact that the only other person in the butcher’s shop at the time was an ‘ex’ who I hadn’t seen in years…. he recognised me and got involved in the conversation! Total moritification!
So here’s how my Mum did stuffed pork steak, and I continue doing it along similar lines.
- Pork Steak
- Bread Crumbs – amount depends on size of pork steak
- 1 onion, sliced
- Herbs of your choice – I used sage and thyme this time around
- Pepper and Salt
- Butter or Lard
- Cocktail sticks
Firstly you will need to ‘open’ up the pork steak, so that it is flat and suitable for stuffing. Watch the video here which shows you how.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
To make the stuffing: gently fry your onion so that they are slightly cooked. Add your onion to the breadcrumbs together with your herbs and seasoning. (The herbs and seasoning I vary… in summer I might chop some tomatoes and basil, or some apple – the choice is yours). Add some chopped butter or lard (or even a squeeze of lemon juice) to the mix.
Spoon the breadcrumbs onto your prepared pork steak. Use the cocktail sticks to ‘pin’ it altogether. (My Mum, bless her, used to have a special needle and thread in the kitchen drawer to ‘sew’ the pork steak back together!)
Place your pork on a greased baking dish, and bake in oven for 30/35 minutes per lb/500 gr.
Serve with some roast potatoes and your favourite vegetables.