Weekly Recipe

by - Wednesday, September 08, 2010

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Just to give you an idea. Not the acutal finished product but will be equally yummy!
Hello everyone! Here is this weeks budget friendly recipe. Since I cook for a family of 2 and 1/4 each recipe is for 2 servings. Double the recipe for 4 servings. 

I like buying cubed beef since the cost is so affordable. I normally pay around $2 for 2 steaks, each the size of 1 serving. Longer steaks can be cut in half to make 2 servings. You're looking for a steak about the size of your hand. Then, using pantry staple items such as flour and oil you have a great dinner option for practically nothing.

Country Fried Steaks (a.k.a. Chicken Fried Steaks)
2 cubed steaks pounded 1/4in thin
1 cup flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp each spice (we like cayenne, paprika, season salt, etc) 
salt and pepper
1/4 cup oil (we like canola)

  1. Preheat a skillet (cast iron pan or equivalent) on medium with oil.
  2. Mix the flour and spices in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Mix the eggs in another bowl and set aside.
  4. Salt and pepper each side of the steaks.
  5. Bread the steaks in the following order: Flour - Egg - Flour 
  6. Place directly into heated skillet (should be at the right temp by now)
  7. Do same for the second steak. I wouldn't cook any more than two per batch.
  8. When bottom becomes golden brown, flip and cook the other side until golden (10 - 12 min total)
  9. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in foil.
  10. Repeat for additional batches.

Need Gravy?
Pour out most of the oil left in the pan leaving a tablespon or so in the pan. Add a tablespoon of flour (up to 3) at a time until a paste is created. Add milk and whisk until the gravy is created. Gravy will be severely bland but this is your chance to show off your seasoning skills. Salt and pepper plus whatever else you have that makes it taste good. We like using worcestershire sauce to get a great taste. 

Serve with mashed potatoes or whatever else you have on hand and there you have a budget friendly dinner. Homemade country fried steak tastes so much better than most restaurants (and tv dinners.) I hope you'll think about trying it. Let me know if you do tiffanys@youngwifeandmom.com

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