3 pounds Swiss steak, trimmed of fat
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup coffee
2 bay leaves, crumbled
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 onions, sliced
Additional coffee and soy sauce, as needed
Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
Do not pound or flour the meat. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over high heat, then sear meat on both sides.
Meanwhile, in a large roasting pan, combine soy sauce, coffee, bay leaves, garlic, oregano and one of the sliced onions. Transfer the browned meat to the roasting pan. Top with the second sliced onion. Cover and bake for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, basting every hour with pan juices. If the liquid begins to boil away, add another cup of coffee and a splash of soy sauce. You may need to repeat this procedure; there should be quite a bit of liquid.
Cut the meat in thin slices and serve with pan juices.