Friday, November 26, 2010

Texas Chicken Fried Steak and Sausage Gravy

Yum!  This breakfast entree originated in Texas.
     I have been disappointed with cheap greasy spoon diners serving pre made frozen battered steak or even worse, frozen pre made battered ground beef patty as chicken fried steak.  Many franchise restaurants and diners use poor quality canned sausage gravy.  Its pretty bad when a pro diner cook can't even make sausage gravy from scratch!  This recipe is so easy to make the original Texas way.
     Sausage Milk Gravy Recipe:  Heat a little bit of unsalted butter in a sauce pot over medium heat.  Add some uncased breakfast sausage.  Stir and break up the sausage so it cooks and crumbled into bits.  Cook the sausage to a light brown color.
     Add a little bit of flour to the pan while stirring to soak up the grease and to form a simple pan roux.
     Add some milk while stirring.  Stir till the gravy heats and thickens.
     Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
     Stir the sauce till it comes to a gentle boil.
     Reduce the heat and keep the sausage gravy warm.  The gravy should be a medium consistency.
     Chicken Fried Steak Recipe:  Pound out a skirt steak with a meat mallet till it is evenly thin and tender.  (A store bought cubed steak is acceptable for this recipe too.)
     Dredge the steak in flour that is seasoned with sea salt, black pepper and a pinch of ground sage.
     Dredge the steak in buttermilk or egg wash.
     Dredge the steak in the seasoned flour one last time.
     Heat a saute pan over medium heat.  Add unsalted butter and vegetable oil.
     When the grease gets hot, place the battered steak in the pan.  Pan fry and flip the steak a few times till the steak cooks to a golden brown color on both sides.  Set the fried steak on a dry towel to drain off the excess grease.  Set the chicken fried steak on a plate.
     Spoon the sausage gravy over the steak.
     Set a sunny side up egg on the plate.
     Set some grilled diced potatoes seasoned with sea salt and black pepper on the plate.  Garnish with a parsley sprig.
     Delicious and filling!  This is one of America's favorite breakfast entrees.  There is nothing like a freshly battered chicken fried steak!  Cooked to order is how this recipe was originally cooked in Texas.  Fresh makes a big difference in quality.  The sausage milk gravy is full of seasoned breakfast sausage flavor.  Delicious!  ...   Shawna        

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