This was a close call for me. I tried to make it exactly as written, but because of a couple of problems with the recipe, it wasn't as good as it could have been. This was the first time I think I'd ever bought cubed steak (my package was a little larger at 1.13 lb.). For the rice, I used Rice-a-Roni Long Grain & Wild Rice "Original", which came with a "Special Seasonings" packet. The recipe didn't mention anything like this; is there really supposed to be a package that contains just the rice? I've never seen it. I considered saving the seasoning packet for another use, but decided to use it. Also, I found there was way too much water used here. At 25 minutes, most was still there; I cranked up the heat to medium, and at 35 minutes, a majority of it was gone, but by then the rice was mushier than it should have been. The results tasted too much of the garlic and onion powders; even without the spice packet I thought those amounts might have been too much, and perhaps teaspoons instead of tablespoons would be better.
I liked the idea of this recipe a lot; the cubed steak and mushrooms and rice showed a lot of potential. Based on my experience, I'll only give this 3 stars; with adjustments to the seasonings and to the added water, this could easily be a 4-star recipe.
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This was a close call for me. I tried to make it exactly as written, but because of a couple...