Comfort food. There really isn’t much in the world that makes us instantly nostalgic than hearing those two words. When I hear comfort food I immediately think of chicken fried steak with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and buttery corn. It brings me back to the days of being young, carefree and having hair. Boy, I really miss my hair right now. Especially with winter approaching.
Alright, enough reminiscing about hair or the lack thereof in my case. When I was a child my mother would make the most amazing chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes and since it is getting colder outside I though I would give her a call and get her recipe. Below is an actual transcription of the call…
Me: Hey mom how’s it going?
Mom: Who is this?
Me: Your son Craig
Me: Mom I just called to get your chicken fried steak recipe
Mom: My what?
Me: Never mind mom. Love you and I’ll call you later in the week when I have a free hour.
So this chicken fried steak recipe was not going to be easy. But could I remember back to that time and figure it out for myself? Ha, who am I kidding? I have been searching for my wallet for the last two days. Oh and please don’t tell the wife or I will hear that same old same old “you lost it again?” speech.
1/3cupreserved oilsave 1/3 cup oil from cooking steak
1 1/2tsppepperfor gravy
Get two shallow bowls and put beaten eggs in one bowl and in the second bowl put flour, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix the seasonings and flour
Heat skillet over medium heat and add enough oil to fill the skillet to about one inch
Dip steak pieces into the flour, then into the eggs and lastly back into the flour. Add floured steak pieces into the heated oil and fry until golden brown and crunchy about 2-3 minutes
For the yummy gravy keep 1/3 cup of oil reduce heat to medium low and slowly whisk in the flour until the roux has turned light brown. Whisk in milk and salt and pepper and simmer until the gravy thickens
Add mashed potatoes, cooked green beans, cooked corn and add chicken fried steak bites. Top with gravy and more gravy
So without a recipe in hand I tried to put my own little spin on it. Why not make a chicken fried steak bowl? It would cut down on dishes and that would make my mother very proud of me. If she could only remember my name.
And there we have it… Chicken fried steak bowls. Remember that you can add other toppings if you so wish grilled onions, shredded cheese, jalapenos or hot sauce. Thanks for stopping by Life44.com…Live, laugh, love & learn.
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