I caught a glimpse of Paula Deen making a smothered steak a while back (which she wrongly called a chicken fried steak) and it got me hungry for one. If you've never had it, it's cubed steak dredged in flour and pan-fried that is then cooked in a brown gravy made from its drippings. I think they also call it country fried steak in some parts. My great-grandmother used to serve up a mean version but the recipe died with her. :(
I've never seen such a beast in Austin, but my experience with Southern home cooking restaurants has been limited to Hoover's, Threadgill's, and Black-eyed Pea. Do any of you know where I could find smothered steak here?
Having not seen Paula Deen's version, I would recommend anyone wanting smothered steak to hop in their car and drive to Mr. & Mrs. G's in San Antonio. The smothered steak is all kinds of awesome. Matter of fact it is the best home cooking I've ever had. Hoover et al. should quit their restaurants and learn from these masters. Seriously, I hate to be a fan boy but it's that good and dirt cheap...meat & 3 sides for like $6. Add a 2nd full serving of meat for $2. Plus, you get your food dished up by a belligerent old Chinese lady which only adds to the experience.
Next time I'm in San Antonio I'm there.
But in the meantime I decided to head over to Galloways today for some smothered pork chops,boiled cabbage,rice and gravy and cornbread.
The gravy was a rich brown sauce filled with pan drippings and sweet onions.The porkchops had been fried to a goodly crust then drenched in the gravy and braised for awhile so you had alternating crispy pork fat bites with succulent tender ones.Like any good soul food joint the portion was absurd,a good two pounds of food.
Galloway was hopping today.Busiest I've ever seen it.Lots of friendly neighborhood folks strolling in and out.I love the way every single person that walks in acknowledges you with a nod and a smile.
This is community dining in the truest sense of the word
Oh man I used to LOVE when my Dad made that.
You're right, that is totally not a country-fried steak. Closely related, but not at all the same. I also make smothered pork chops the same way.
However, I haven't seen anything like that around here. I have a hard time finding good Southern food and veggies in Austin (Threadgills has horrible collard greens). It got to the point where last week I drove all the way to Round Rock just to get a meat and three at Cracker Barrel.
Just make the smothered steak at home.