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Spanish Steaks

Spanish Steaks
Great- great-grandmother Nellie's journal features a 1935 Chicago Tribute newspaper clipping for Spanish Steaks.

I've been excited to feature this Spanish Steaks recipe from my great- great-grandmother Nellie's journal. The recipe was something she clipped in 1935 from the Chicago Tribune and then pasted into her journal. She gave the page a handwritten title (Spanish Steaks) and a page number. That is how her entire journal is laid out - with handwritten titles, a combination of handwritten, typed, and clipped recipes, and every page has a page number. The front of the book includes an index as well. SO ORGANIZED!

I've been eyeing this recipe for a while but wanted fresh pimiento pepper and not something pickled or from a jar. So I asked my mother if she could grow some for me - just for this recipe. Of course she did, from seed, and they are finally ready!

I hope you enjoy this as much as great- grandmother Nellie. It must have made an impact on her for her to clip and paste it into her journal.

I've put an * by the items I can purchase at my Illinois farmers market.


  • 1/2 pound ground beef*

  • 1/2 pound ground veal

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs*

  • 1 beaten egg*

  • Salt

  • 1 tablespoon chopped green pepper*

  • 1 chopped pimiento*

  • 1/8 cup minced onion*


  • Pre-heat the broiler.

  • Mix together the ground beef, ground veal, milk, breadcrumbs and beaten egg.

  • To the meat mixture add the salt, peppers, and onion.

  • Shape into large flat cakes.

  • Broil directly under the broiler for about five minutes on either side.

  • Serve with thick broiled slices of tomato.

Serving size: 2 steaks

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