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Melt-in-the-mouth beef

Marietjie's mum was a master at making melt in the mouth beef. Jaco discovered it recently and now Marietjie's husband cooks her mum's speciality.


  • 750 gram beef steak, in reasonably thin cuts
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 cups stock or 2 cups water and 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 to 2 onions
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Dash of white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • Salt


  1. Flavour meat with salt and pepper and then cover with flour.
  2. Flatten steak by chopping it with the side of a saucer, the bottom of a glas bottle,
    or a meat hammer.
  3. Fry steak in batches in a bit of butter in a hot pan, until brown.
  4. Place steak in an oven-proof dish.
  5. Fry onion in the same pan.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients to the onion and bring to boil.
  7. Pour contents of pan over the steak.
  8. Bake slowly at 160°C in oven for 3 hours.

Serve with rice.