Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

IT Guy is pretty easy to please. As long as I stay away from fish or Chinese food, he'll eat just about anything. He was raised on a farm, so he's a meat-and-potatoes kinda guy but he also loves casseroles. Leftovers? Yup...he's all over 'em. One thing that's a favorite and a guaranteed hit every time is country fried steak. He LOVES it. I don't make it that often...maybe just a few times a year...but when I do, the man is putty in my hands. The recipe is easy and delicious and if you want to please the love of YOUR life....like I do...then make this.

Country Fried Steak

6 3-ounce cube steaks
Salt & pepper
Salt and pepper cube steaks. Set aside.

½ cup milk
2 eggs

In a medium bowl or a large zip top bag, combine ½ cup milk and eggs.

1 sleeve saltine crackers
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a pie plate or a large zip top bag, crush crackers to fine crumbs then add the flour and the spices. Dredge cube steak in cracker crumb mixture, then egg mixture then cracker crumb mixture. Repeat until all cube steaks are covered. Heat 3 cups of oil in a large skillet and fry steaks for 10 minutes. Turn over and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove steaks from oil and drain. Place steaks on a plate and keep warm in a 225 degree oven. Pour all oil off but 1 tablespoon and the cooked bits to be used for the gravy.

4 cups milk
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Combine milk, flour and salt & pepper. Stir well and pour into the skillet with the 1 tablespoon of oil and the cooked bits. Heat and stir until thickened. Serve over meat and with mashed potatoes.

Let's begin, shall we?

Season the steaks.....both sides!

Crush the crackers into fine crumbs.

Then add the flour and spices.

Combine the eggs and milk. I use gallon size 
zip top bags for the dredging and dunking process. 
I just find it easier and less messy.

Here's the meat all ready to go in the oil. Make sure 
the oil is hot before you put the meat in!

Fry it up....10 minutes on one side...

Five minutes on the other.

Transfer the meat to a plate when it's done
 then pop it in the oven to keep warm.

Here's the stuff for the gravy.

Mix it up....

..then pour it into the same skillet you fried 
with meat in. Make sure you pour off all the oil except 1 tablespoon!! And leave the crunchy bits in the pan, too!

Yummy gravy!!