Friday With Friends

Tomorrow night, we are having some friends over for dinner. With the cooler weather here, Randy requested that we have Swiss Steak with tomato gravy over mashed potatoes, so that is what we will be having. This is a great dish for company because you can put it in the crock pot and just let it cook all after noon, allowing the steak to get tender, no need for a knife when serving it.
The menu will be Swiss Steak, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans wrapped in bacon, salad, rolls and pumpkin cream cheese pie or old fashioned chess pie.
For table decor, the small little real pumpkins are in stores for $.99 at this time, so that will be my place cards..names will be written on the sides and a ribbon hot glued to the top. This is a easy and lovely idea for company coming in through the holiday season.

Swiss Steak
2 lbs beef top round steak, trimmed of extra fat and cut into small pieces. Sprinkle flour, salt and pepper over steak on both sides and quickly brown each piece in a skillet, which you have heated about 1/4 cup oil. When all pieces have been browned on both sides. Place steak in crock pot and pour a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes over steak and add 1 cup each,chopped onions, chopped green bell pepper and chopped celery. Stir, mixing well. Add 2 teas garlic powder, 1 teas salt and 1 teas pepper. Fill the tomato can half full and pour over mixture in crock pot. Cover and cook on hi for 4 hours, or on low for 6-7 hours. You can use the tomato gravy to pour over the mashed potatoes.

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