Happy Fat Tuesday!! This is the most fattening meal I think I cook. Let me think about that for a second. Besides making ice cream, yes, this is probably the most fattening thing I make. And that makes it OH SO GOOD! This is serious comfort food. Don't even think about doing anything after you eat this. In fact, you might as well just put on your PJ's pants (which I commonly refer to as my "Fat Boy Pants") now, because reading this will make you fat.
This dish is something I call Baked Steak...even though you never actually bake the steak. I suppose you could, but I think it would make the coating on the meat soggy. And I like my meat like I like my men...crunchy, crusty and gone in 3 minutes. *Smile* But it's very reminiscent of Country Fried Steak, so...call it whatever you want.
Here's the recipe:
1 package of cube steak, 4 steaks (I don't know why, but simply saying the word cube steak makes me cringe a little...say it with me....CYOUUUUUB STEAK...uhhhh...gives me the willies).
1 cup of flour for coating the steak, seasoned generously with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne if you want a little kick
A heaping pile of butter...not really, but almost 1/2 a stick.
1/4 cup of flour
1 1/2 (or more) cups of milk
Salt & Pepper
Here's What You Do With That Stuff:
Coat the bottom of a pan with oil, you want enough to fry the steaks, but not have them bathing in oil. So maybe about 1/8 or 1/4 inch of oil. Turn on the heat to medium. Get the oil really hot before adding the steak so you get a nice crust, otherwise, you will have a soggy, oily crust. Coat the steaks on both sides with the seasoned flour. Cook until nicely browned on both sides, (I go about 4 minutes/side). Place steaks on a plate while you make the gravy.
To Make The Gravy:
The bottom of your pan should have lots of brown bits. To these brown bits, add in 1/2 stick of butter and 1/4 cup of flour. Stirring to pick up all the brownie goodness in that pan of yours. Cook until the flour is a light brown. You must cook your flour so that your gravy doesn't taste like glue. I will show you how to do this if you'd like...ahem...Cracker Barrel. Add in your milk and whisk like a lunatic so that you get out all the lumps. Turn the heat down to low and either love your gravy consistency, or add milk to it to thin it out. This is a preference thing. I like my gravy a little more on the thin side. Taste it and you will probably have to add salt and pepper. The more pepper, the better, in my opinion. Add the steaks back into the gravy, just to coat them. Serve with Mashed Potatoes and any other carb you'd like to round out this totally debilitating meal. Don't forget to mix the two together in some bites...this is my preferred way of eating it!
Now, ya'll who practice Lent, enjoy your Lenten season...let me know if you make it out alive. I will be living fat, like I always do, because that's just how this bitch rolls!