Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chicken Fried Steak...have mercy!

mercy me honey bee....I done went and did it.  Yep I made the unhealthy dinner of the year.
Sometimes you just gotta so I did and we loved it and yeah, my poor hubsters cholesterol is outta control and mine too probably now.

If it helps we did have roasted asparagus with dinner and it was good too, even if I didn't put gravy on it!!

Let's do this so we can all get on the treadmill together!

but first a word from the queen of the house.... I present Miss Lilli
Don't disrupt or try to pet the cat without her permission
seriously this cat has AT-TI-TUDE!!!

2-3 pounds of cube steak

2 eggs in 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
(don't you love my Christmas dishes?!)
Whisk the eggs & milk together

2-3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
Combine really well

Coat the meat in the milk mixture

Dredge in the flour mixture

Then repeat...yes that means milk, flour, milk, flour
You should be good and messy about now!

Get that all nice and coated with ooey gooey goodness

Heat up about 1/2 cup of vegetable oil in a big cast iron skillet
Also, make sure you have sealed the grout on the new tile job behind your stove
Very important...if you don't believe me just ask this girl and she'll tell you all about how NOT fun it is to clean grout.   I headed that warning my friends!!!

Oh by the way...the oil is hot when it sizzles if you sprinkle a little flour in the pan
We want hot oil peeps!

Grab that plate of meaty goodness

and plop it into that hot grease
Your stove will be messy now too
Don't worry...it goes with the countertops

cook on each side until the edges get golden brown
then flip and cook the other side.  
I think it was about 3-4 minutes each side

when you remove from the pan, move to a paper towel lined plate
let those paper towels soak up some extra grease
Continue frying until your meat is all cooked

Now make gravy...sorry folks only 1 photo because it's really hard to take pictures while making gravy
Retain about 1/4 cup of the grease in the pan
Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of the flour mixture evenly in the pan
If you don't have enough leftover just add more flour
Using the whisk stir the flour and the oil until you form a nice golden brown paste like substance
If the mixture looks too oily, add more flour
once it is nice and golden brown whisk in 2 cups of milk
I used buttermilk because I'm just sassy that way!
Whisk constantly to combine and then let the gravy come to a slow boil
It will thicken but if it looks too thick just add extra milk in little splashed.
This should take about 5-10 minutes for that gravy to thicken up and become heavenly!

Now I had some biscuits baking in the oven and the asparagus roasted and some mashed potatoes working.   Just slap that nice warm meat on a plate and cover in gravy. Seriously is there anything that screams comfort more than this??    hey...splurge occasionally then remember to take your cholesterol pill and go for a walk around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights!!

What's your favorite so bad for you yet makes you feel so good inside comfort food??!!


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