Swiss Steak Over Mashed Potatoes

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Swiss Steak Over Mashed Potatoes is a humble dish, made with common, inexpensive ingredients. Comfort food season is here everyone!

Swiss Steak

On today’s menu is Swiss Steak over Mashed Potatoes oh my…

This fabulous stew is something mah momma made way back in the day. It’s a humble dish, made with common, inexpensive ingredients. This is comfort grub to the MAX, people!  Since the nicest of the nice weather is 94% gone for good here in Portland, I’m already diving head first into the heartier recipes starting with this bad boy.

Swiss Steak is pretty similar to my Irish Beef Stew and my Slow Cooked Tri Tips & Gravy, except it has a tomato based sauce with the meat and veggies. Now, at this point, you might think that a tomato based gravy on top of mashed potatoes doesn’t work very well together, but I’m here to tell you that you are WRONG! Oh so wrong!! This gorgeousness on a plate will have you salivating for more before you finish your first helping.

It’s an Ernhofer family favorite for a reason 🙂 No one hates it!


If you purchased my ebook, then this recipe probably looks familiar to you because it’s included in the collection. Maybe you’ve made it already once or twice?! How cool would that be?

For those of you who might be newer to my site, last year I worked on an e-cookbook called ‘Everyday Ingredients Extraordinary Meals’! It’s just a small book of 30 original recipes put together in a beautiful way. 95% of the recipes in the book are brand new, meaning you can’t find them on my blog. Click here to order an e-version to your inbox and/or get a hard copy and/or get all the details.

Since I haven’t been doing a very good job at promoting my book {since it came out literally on the day I gave birth to my son}, I thought I would showcase a recipe from it today to refresh your memories 🙂

Anyways, moral of the story: get my ebook and make some Swiss Steak. Your tummies will thank you!! Also, don’t plan major events around a baby’s due date. Lesson learned, universe!

Have a great day, friends 🙂

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5 from 6 votes

Swiss Steak Over Mashed Potatoes

Swiss Steak Over Mashed Potatoes is a humble dish, made with common, inexpensive ingredients. Comfort food season is here everyone!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours


For the swiss steak-

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb. stew meat
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 large carrots peeled and cut into ¼ inch coins, about ¾ lb.
  • 4 cups tomato juice or vegetable juice, such as V8
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas

for the mashed potatoes-

  • 2 pounds Idaho Potatoes

  • 3 Tablespoons Salted Butter

  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese

  • 1 cup Whole Milk

  • Salt And Pepper to taste


  • In a large pot or skillet with high sides, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in stew meat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brown meat completely. Stir in carrots, vegetable juice, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to boil, then cover and reduce to simmer for 1-2 hours.
  • Peel potatoes and rinse. Cut into even sized pieces and place into a large pot. Cover with cold water and sprinkle salt. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer. Cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain completely and place potatoes back into the hot pot. Mash potatoes with butter, cream cheese, milk, salt and pepper until desired consistency has been reached. Cover to keep warm.
  • Once meat in stew is fork tender, stir in frozen peas. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve over mashed potatoes


Calories: 698kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 2465mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 17540IU | Vitamin C: 100mg | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 12.2mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, mashed potatoes, swiss steak
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23 Responses
  1. Laura Pederson

    This is comfort food for me, definitely will be making this for the colder winter months
    Congratulations on 10 years of blogging recipes 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
    You were one of the first bloggers I followed!!

  2. Kristen

    5 stars
    I have been waiting for a rainy day to make this again! It was such a hit last winter. This by far is one of our family’s favourite recipes on your site. So easy and SO GOOD!

  3. Sharla

    This question is going to sound weird to everyone. I really can’t stand tomato juice of any kind especially V8. The smell makes me sick to my stomach.

    Can I use tomato sauce?

    Told you….weird question.

    1. Lauren

      I guess you could use tomato sauce, but you’ll have to add some water to make up the difference so it cooks similarly, as if you were using a tomato juice. I think this variation should be fine!

  4. Sandy G.

    5 stars
    I’m not a blogger, but I subscribe to your lovely newsletter and just wanted to thank you for the Swiss steak recipe. Its exactly like what I’ve been looking for…my Mom used to make this and I never got her recipe. Can’t wait to make it!

    Have a super day!

  5. Kristin

    5 stars
    Made this over the weekend and it was a big hit! My husband wants it on my regular rotation now 🙂 I made it in the crockpot and it turned out very tender and yummy. Thanks for your great recipes!

  6. Alexis @ Upside Down Pear

    Pair this up with your soft whole wheat dinner rolls and I’m all set for the week. Thank you very much! Yummmm…it’s definitely the time of year for stews and comfort food. I can’t wait to try this out 😀

  7. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    This reminds me of the osso bucco that was a family favourite when I was a child. Except far easier! I am sure this will be a hit with the boyfriend, and tomato and mashed potato is totally an awesome combination! Here in Australia it is common to see a dinner plate with mashed potato, sausages and tomato sauce (kinda like ketchup). Can’t wait to try a vego version for myself – chickpeas instead of steak perhaps 🙂

  8. Dennis

    5 stars
    We used to put the potatoes in during the last half hour of cooking, then some times serve over hot noodles. This looks so good over the mashed potatoes. Will try it next time I make it. Thanks for all the yummy recipes.

  9. Lauren | Bears By Lauren

    That looks so good, reminds me a lot of the recipe my aunt used to use. Never thought to use V8 though. I bet that’s awesome! Comfort food at its finest!

  10. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    I haven’t had swiss steak in years… We always served it with mashed potatoes, but not once did I think to put it on them. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Lauren!

  11. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    This is the kind of food that I want to eat as soon as the Fall hits, and that my husband wants to eat ALL year long. This looks like on big dinner chock FULL ‘o comfort and goodness! Pinned!