Saturday, November 2, 2013

Skinny Country Fried Steak

One way I like to save money on groceries, is by shopping early in the morning, and checking out the discounted meat section. Every grocery store has a section, where they put meat that is close to it's best before date, at a discounted price. It's still perfectly good meat, it just needs to be sold quickly, before it reaches it's date. Once you place it in your freezer, it's just like any other meat you've purchased. I never knew stores did this, until Hubby took on a second job as a meat cutter, at a grocery store, a few years back. A few weeks ago, I found some cube steaks, at 40% off. They weren't very expensive to begin with, but with the additional discount I got 4 good sized steaks for around $3. Who could pass up a deal like that?

I don't buy cube steak all that often. I mean other than chicken fried steak, the only other way I've ever eaten cube steak, was the way my mom made it. She would fry it (to a very well done state, LOL) and then would deglaze the frying pan with tomato juice, scrapping up all the yummy brown bits. Once the tomato juice had
reduced to a thick sauce, she'd toss in some cooked pasta, or rice. It's pretty tasty, but I know that Hubby would be mortified if I ever cooked steaks to that extent, LOL. So, I planned on making country fried steak, but didn't really want to fry it. I decided to see if I could make a baked version, that would be healthier. I still wanted the crispy crust, just not all the oil.

I processed my soda crackers with some olive oil, which insured a nice crisp crust. For the gravy, I used a packet of low sodium chicken gravy, with some beef stock and evaporated milk. I couldn't bring myself to using 1/2 C of shortening to fry the steaks and then using the remaining fat to make the gravy, LOL. Not that it isn't delicious, I just didn't want to feed my kids that much fat in one meal. I must say that the steaks turned out great and only took about 10-15 minutes in the oven. The crust was crispy, the gravy was yummy and I didn't feel guilty about eating dinner.

Skinny Country Fried Steak
printable version

4 cube steaks (1- 1 1/2 lbs)
1 sleeve unsalted soda crackers
3 Tbs olive oil
1/3 C flour
salt & pepper
1 egg
splash of water
1 packet of reduced sodium chicken gravy
1 C beef broth
1/2 C evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a food processor, process the soda crackers and olive oil, to coarse crumbs; place in a shallow dish. Place flour in a second shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Whisk the egg, with a splash of water in a third shallow dish. Take each steak and dredge it in flour, then coat with egg mixture, finally coating it with the soda crackers. Place coated steaks on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, until coating begins to turn golden brown and steaks are cooked to preferred doneness (we like med-well). Remove steaks to a cooling rack, and tent with foil to rest.

While steaks are resting, whisk the packet of gravy into the beef broth and evaporated milk, in a small sauce pot. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until gravy thickens. Serve steaks smothered in gravy.

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1 comment:

Marsha Baker said...

WOW! What a fabulous recipe! SO glad you shared at Weekend Potluck. Pinning! Please come back soon.