Friday, March 1, 2013

Country Fried Steak

Need I say more?  Well, okay, maybe I do.  YUM.  Best meal we've had all week. The crust was flaky and crispy, the inside cooked perfectly.  I actually had to snap this photo before all the food was consumed (good golly, the gravy was already gone)!  It was soooooooooo good . .. that everyone was a member of the clean plate club last night.  And, everyone had second helpings too. 

Country Fried Steak
1 - 1.5 lbs Beef Cube Steaks - (cut into individual serving sizes if not already done so when purchased)
2 Cups Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Pepper
3/4 Tsp Salt
1.5 Tsp Garlic Powder
1.5 Cups Buttermilk
1 Egg, beaten
1 TB Tabasco (or other hot sauce of your choice)

Vegetable Oil for Frying

To get the party started, you'll need two shallow pans (pie tins work great).  Place the flour in one of the pans.  In the remaining bowl, add your egg and buttermilk.  Stir to combine.  Then add the baking powder, soda, pepper, salt, and garlic powder.  Stir to combine.  Lastly, add in the Tabasco and stir to combine.  Oh, yummy - it adds a little something that I just can't put my finger on.  It's not spicy at all, but definitely provides flavor.

These delicious steaks are going to be fried in oil.  So, grab your favorite large, heavy duty skillet and enough vegetable oil to fill it half way.  Heat on medium-high until the oil reaches 350 degrees.

To prepare the steaks, it's a 3-step dip:  1.  take a steak and dip it into the flour and make sure it's well coated.  2.  Dip it into the wet ingredients.  3.  Dip that same steak back in the flour, making sure to cover it well with the flour.  Once fully coated, place into the hot oil.  Repeat this process for all pieces of steak.  

Fry for about 5-7 minutes, turning once so that each side of the steak becomes a yummy golden brown.  Drain on paper towels before serving.

Please note, this can also be made in a deep fat fryer. 

We served ours with side of gravy (not pictured), mixed veggies and mashed potatoes.  YUM.  And don't mind my Christmas plate.  I've been too lazy to pack away my Christmas dinnerware.  Don't judge!

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