Chicken Fried Steak (aka Schnitzel), with Milk Gravy

I made “Chicken Fried Steak”, with milk gravy today.  Big deal, you say.  Well, for me, it was.  It was the first time I’ve ever made gravy that didn’t seize up into an inedible mass of flour-y greasy goo.  It made me way too happy.  Giggly, even.  Haha!!

I haven’t made Chicken Fried steak in 15+ years (and never had the gravy turn out edible).  But I’ve made other schnitzels many times, but never the recipe my family made. “Schnitzel?”, you ask.  Why, yes,  Chicken Fried Steak is just schnitzel.

Schnitzel can be any meat, that is pounded out thin, dipped in flour, dipped in egg, dipped in a breading, and then fried.  Pork, chicken, veal, beef, alligator, kangaroo or squirrel, if that’s your thing.

A conversation I had with my ex-mil even before I was married:

Me: “Ah.. you are making chicken schnitzel.”

MIL:  “Schnitzel?”

Me: “Yes, it’s the German word for what you are making.  It’s just any meat that’s dipped in eggs, dipped in breading and then fried.”

MIL:  (in a very high pitched voice) “I don’t eat German food.”

I think Americans forget that foods we make, foods we love, and foods we grew up with are not always American.  Schnitzel being one of them.  In New York, we make “chicken cutlets”.  Meat, dipped in egg, dipped in seasoned bread crumbs, fried.  If I say I’m making “chicken cutlets”, everyone knows what I’m talking about.  If I say I’m making “chicken schnitzel”, only Europeans know what I’m talking about.

This recipe is what I grew up eating.  Instead of bread crumbs, it uses crushed saltine crackers.

Eggs, flour, crumbs, cube steak, salt & Pepper

Eggs, flour, crumbs, cube steak, salt & Pepper

1/2 a pound cube steak
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
2 sleeves of crushed saltine crackers (240 grams or 8.5 ounces)
4 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon butter (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Dip the cube steak into the flour, removing any excess.  Dip into the egg and then lay in the cracker crumbs.  Cover the top and press the crumbs onto the steak.  Set the pieces to dry for about 10 minutes.

Allow to dry for about 10 minutes

Allow to dry for about 10 minutes

In a large frying pan, add in 4 tablespoons of oil.  Add in the tablespoon of butter.  Heat to medium-high.  Allow the oil to get nicely hot, and add in the steaks.  Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until the crackers are golden brown.  Drain on a rack or paper towels – whichever you have.

Note:

If you cannot get cube steak at your market, use a thin piece of steak.  Round or London broil sliced lengthwise thin.  Pound out to make the pieces very thin.  Starting from the outside edge, pound away from the center to get an even piece.

 

OMG I can make Milk Gravy!!!

OMG I can make Milk Gravy!!!

OMG I Can Make Milk Gravy

Gravy is supposed to be simple and easy to make.  I can make a pan sauce to die for, but have never succeeded in making milk gravy.  Yesterday was a first!! And it really was an “OMG, I can make milk gravy” moment!

2 Tablespoons or so of the drippings
2 Tablespoons of flour
1 Cup milk
Salt & Pepper to taste

Pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of the drippings from the pan you used to make the steaks.  At medium heat, sprinkle in the flour and whisk quickly.  Mix well and continue to whisk for about 1 minute.  After the minute is up, add in the milk, continuing to whisk.   Allow to cook on medium  heat for a couple of minutes, until the gravy begins to thicken.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Use immediately.

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Simple Enchilada Sauce

I wanted a simple and easy Enchilada sauce. This is it. All the ingredients found in my cupboard, with a 20 minute cook time.

Simple Enchilada Sauce

3 Tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon flour
3 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/3 teaspoons ground cumin
10 ounce tube tomato paste
1 teaspoon dry oregano
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
Salt to taste

In a saucepan, heat the oil. Add flour and stir in well. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the chili powder and cumin and cook for another minute. Add in the tomato paste, oregano and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once at the boiling point, reduce heat down to low and cook for about 15 minutes. This will reduce and thicken. Stir often (I use a whisk). Salt to taste. Either use immediately, or refrigerate for up to a week. This also freezes well.

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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap..and I missed it!

pbcookies.jpgDarn it.

Arrgh!  (Pirate’ease for “Well, hell!”)

I had heard about “The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap” last year — when everyone posted their goodies.  I thought “Oh, fun fun — I want to do this next year”, and then, being me, promptly forgot about it.  (I’ve fixed that for next year by signing up for their notification – so smart am I, I am, Said I).

So, since I didn’t participate, I thought I would list here all the cookie recipes I have created.  I hope you find something that you enjoy.

Maple Walnut Blondies

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies (Spritzgeback)

The Best Sugar Cookies

Pecan Butter Cookies

Coconut Macaroons

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies (Flourless)

 

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