Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy

One day I had lunch out with my husband.  Chicken fried steak was their special of the day. I thought to myself that I need to figure out how to make this at home.  My fried steak is crunchy and the gravy is over the top.  It reminds me of the milk gravy my mom made when she fried chicken. Little crunchy breading bits speckled throughout. 

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy (with Gluten Free Options*)

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4-6 (4 ounce) cube steaks (or tenderized round and cut your own pieces like I did)

30 wheat saltine crackers, crushed
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper (and optional, we prefer not so much black pepper)
few dashes cayenne pepper
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper  (and optional, we prefer not so much black pepper)
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon flour
4 cups milk

canola oil (approximately 3 cups)

Combine cracker crumbs, 1 cup flour, baking powder, and cayenne pepper.  Add up to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper if you are using it.
In separate bowl whisk together 3/4 cup milk and eggs.  
Dredge steaks in cracker crumb mixture, then egg, then cracker crumb mixture again.
Pour oil into 12" cast iron pan and heat to 360 degrees.  Fry steaks for 6 to 8 minutes.  Turn and fry for 4 to 5 minutes more or until brown.  If you are worried if your meat is done you can cut into one of them.  Remove to a cooling rack placed in a jelly roll in a 200 degree oven while you make gravy.
Drain all but 1 tablespoon of oil.  Make sure to keep those yummy bits!
Whisk together 1 tablespoon flour with milk as well as the salt and up to 1/2 teaspoon pepper if you are using it.   Add 1/4 cup flour to pan stirring with a whisk.  Pour in milk mixture.  
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 8-10 minutes or until thickened.  
Serve gravy over steaks.  

* For GF version I used Schar brand Table Crackers and Oat Flour (or you might try an GF Flour Mix)

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Pizza Zucchini Boats

I have to give credit to my husband for this one.  He came up with the idea on his own.  I helped him carry it out.  We used small zucchini here but you can use larger ones.  You will need to cook them longer to get them soft.  Change up all the toppings as you like them.   I will give you a guide as to how we put our tasty dish together.

Pizza Zucchini Boats

Small Zucchini
Pizza or Marinara sauce
Ground Beef
Pepperoni Slices
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese or Italian Blend Cheese
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