cube steak

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sun Jul 29 17:51:07 UTC 2001

Allan Metcalf writes: Both the American Heritage, 4th edition,and
Merriam-Webster's collegiate, 10th, have an entry for "cube" the verb
meaning "to tenderize (meat) by breaking the fibers with superficial
cuts in a pattern of squares" (AHD), hence "cube steak": "a thin slice
of been tenderized by cubing."

My mother cooked cube steak frequently, and this is how I remember the
appearance of the meat.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African
Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998.

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