Braised Beef Steaks with Cranberry Sauce

Perfect for holiday meals, these eye-of-round steaks are seasoned with a salt-free blend of garlic and herbs, braised until tender, and topped with an easy-mix sauce enhanced with toasted almonds.


Serves 4



Braised Beef Steaks with Zesty Sauze

  • 4 boneless eye-of-round steaks (4 ounces each), all visible fat discarded
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free garlic and herb seasoning blend
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1 cup fat-free, no-salt-added beef broth
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon prepared white horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt-free garlic and herb seasoning blend



  1. Season both sides of the steaks evenly with 1 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning blend. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the steaks for 2 minutes on each side, or until browned.

  2. Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tender. If needed, add water 1/4 cup at a time to keep the steaks from sticking. If desired, reserve 1/2 to 2/3 cup cooking liquid to spoon over the steaks before serving.

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, dry-roast the whole almonds over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Transfer to the work bowl of a food processor and let cool for 5 minutes.

  4. In the same skillet, dry-roast the sliced almonds for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a small plate and set aside.

  5. Process the whole almonds for 1 to 2 minutes, or until finely ground. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in the cranberry sauce or sour cream, horseradish, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning blend until well combined.

  6. To serve, spoon the reserved pan liquid over each steak.


Nutrition Facts


With Cranberry Sauce


Calories: 228

Total Fat: 9 g

Saturated Fat: 2 g

Cholesterol: 47 mg

Sodium: 65 mg

Total Carbohydrates: 9 g

Fiber: 2 g

Sugar:: 5 g

Protein: 28 g


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