Chicken Fried Steak - Closet eater
- chef chicklet Nov 10, 2006 04:14 PM
Since we we discussing steak, and I know that this one is a stretch. But this is one of the menu items I can rarely pass on. We love the chicken fried steak at Murphys Hotel in Murphys CA with fresh county gravy and eggs over easy. Just like Grandma's!
Once in awhile its okay to eat, isn't it?
I love this dish, definitely a childhood favorite which my Grandmother made me during weekend sleep overs. Always had it with frozen peas and corn and homemade hush puppies. It was the best!
I never order it out or cook it for myself now, don't know why, really. I imagine there are some pretty bad renditions out there and it scares me a little bit...maybe I should break out my meat tenderizer and give it a go. BUT, there would have to be hush puppies too!
I absolutely love chicken fried steak. There is something about that cream gravy (or milk gravy, depending on what you're used to calling it). I was first introduced to it while in Texas which I suppose spoiled me for all other times I've had it. I'm in NYC so it's tough to get a good one here but I've found a few places that will do.
It's OK to CELEBRATE it!!! Turn finding the best version into a quest!!
This is great American food with its origins among the German and Czech immigrants who used the inexpensive, often cast-off, cuts of beef on cattle drives to make a taste of home, imitating the breaded meat dishes of their homelands, such as Wiener Schnitzel.
A proper Chicken Fried Steak is wonderful and I wish more places gave it the respect it deserves. You should learn to cook a dynamite version for yourself and guests so everyone can enjoy it.
It's part of America's story.
This was what "steak" meant in our house, for the most part - round or chuck steak seasoned and floured, then pounded with the edge of a scalloped-edge plate to tenderize it, then fried. Sometimes Mom made gravy, sometimes not. At some point in my early teens I was introduced to REAL steak, at a meal that deserves its own story sometime, and shortly thereafter I learned that Mom's steak had its own name when purchased elsewhere. I already knew that it had its own charms...
It was fairly common in the South when we lived there, and there are occasional burst of inquiry about it on the LA Board, with various correspondents listing their local favorites.
I LOVE it and always have to FORCE myself to pass it up on menus... to me Chicken Fried Steak (With country gravy) is pure happiness. :)