Trim any excess fat from steaks; sprinkle both sides of steaks with salt, thyme
In a large skillet, in hot shortening, brown steaks well, a few at a time, and
put into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle rice and bay leaf over meat;
add beans. Pour undiluted onion soup and 2 soup cans of water over all.
Cover and bake 1 1/2 hours or until meat is fork tender.