Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy

Chicken Fried Steak

I love Chicken Fried Steak!

Don’t you love a good Chicken Fried Steak?  I use to order it every time I ate at this restaurant in Gillette Wyoming, on my way to Deadwood South Dakota.  The Restaurant was Called Humphrey’s if I remember right; had a big Camel as their Logo.  If you’re ever going to head up north for Sturgis or to see our Mount Rushmore, I suggest you hit Humphrey’s on the way there.  Just about everything on the menu rocks, but I definitely recommend the Chicken Fried Steak.

Cubed steak is the way to go if your going to make Chicken Fried Steak.  If you don’t purchase Cube Steak already meshed out and you need to do it your self, just pick up a Bottom Round Roast, slice each piece 1/4 inch thick and use a needling device or a tenderizing sledge hammer to just beat the hell out of it.  The 3 1/2 minute Chicken Fried Steak video recipe below will cover everything else, so kick back and enjoy.

Chicken Fried Steak Ingredients:

1 Bottom Round Roast or Cubed Steak (Salt and Peppered)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 cooking oil
3 tbsp of the seasoned flour
2 cups Chicken Broth or Stock (I used Bouillon)
1/2 cup Milk or Whipping Cream if you’d like it richer
1 tsp Italian Seasoning or Thyme and Oregano

Cut your meat portions and tenderize them.  Salt and Pepper Both sides then dredge in the flour first, then in the egg and back in the flour again for a second time.  Let each steak rest for 5 minutes before frying.  Add oil then the steaks and cook 3 minutes on the first side and 2 to 3 on the second side once you’ve flipped it.  Remove the steak and let it rest on a wire rack.  Using the same oil, turn your heat to High and add 3 tbsp of the seasoned dredging flour.  Sometimes you need to add more oil before stirring in the flour if you’r cooking more than a few steaks.  Stir in the flour and make a light tan roux, allowing the flour to absorb the flavor left in the skillet.  Add all of the Chicken Broth and bring it to a boil stirring constantly.  Then add the milk a little add a time until it thickens.  Season with Italian seasoning or Thyme and Oregano.  You shouldn’t need salt or pepper because the broth has the saltiness in it and the dredging flour already had pepper.  Serve your Chicken Fried Steak with The Country gravy, and Mashed Potatoes if you’ve got them!

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Tomato and Basil BruschettaHow refreshing is Tomato and Basil Bruschetta!

Notice my Title question about Tomato and Basil Bruschetta isn’t a question; it’s a statement.  It’s absolutely the truth.  Only the finest Italian ingredients can pull this off, and I just so happen to have the ingredients to the best recipe on earth for you and your loved ones to personally enjoy what you already love, or what you thought was just an okay appetizer.  My recipe is guaranteed to kick your opinion up a notch no matter what the case!

Bruschetta

Bruschetta Essentials

First you need to understand that there are various recipes and different styles of Bruschetta; Mushroom Bruschetta, for example, but there is usually only one specific recipe on the menu at your local favorite Italian restaurant’e and that’s Tomato and Basil Bruschetta.  The secret to great Bruschetta, no matter which variation you choose, is fresh ingredients.  The ones that make a difference anyway, and the one that makes the biggest difference is Basil.  Never EVER use dried basil.  Dried Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Majoram and Sage are all great examples of seasonings that taste wonderful when they are dehydrated.  But, I’m telling you, Basil is not one of them.  It doesn’t even taste like the same ingredient side by side as a fresh Herb vs. the dried shaker style.  It’s such a difference for me, that I’m even offended by the thought of using dried Basil.  So now that we’ve got that cleared up, let’s dive into this recipe, shall we.

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta Ingredients:

2 Roma Tomatoes
1/4 Chopped Red Onion
1 Chopped Green Onion (Scallions)
1 Large Garlic Clove or 2 average 5 Large Chopped
Several FRESH Basil Leaves
1 tsp Italian Seasoning (Oregano, Thyme, Majoram, Sage, Rosemary, Basil)
1/4 tsp Margarita Salt or Kosher, Sea Salt if you prefer
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 cup Olive Oil

Chop all Veggies very small, especially the onion, but don’t turn your tomatoes into soup.  Combine all ingredients and serve your Tomato and Basil Bruschetta over the top of your favorite toasted Italian bread or French Baguette.

Outback Style Coconut Shrimp

Coconut ShrimpThe Best Coconut Shrimp

This Coconut Shrimp recipe is based on the basic Aussie recipe you can find on the menu at just about any Outback Steak and Grill Restaurant.  I wouldn’t dare say that it is their exact recipe but I would definitely argue that it is just as good, if not better because the similarities are uncanny.  And if you’re a fan of the way they cook their prawns, then this is the recipe for you because these are the best.

Coconut Shrimp

Outback Coconut Shrimp

Most Restaurants butterfly their shrimp and fry them in fresh leafed coconut, and so do I but I don’t use Panko.  I’m not saying that they do but some recipes call for it and I find that it isn’t necessary if you take different steps.  For example, I dip my shrimp in Tempura instead of an egg wash and I make the batter a little bit thicker than usual to assure the coconut stays on the shrimp.  If you do this, instead of dipping the shrimp in egg-wash, you’ll have an easier time frying your Coconut Shrimp and they’ll turn out crispier.  That is, if you follow my Tempura recipe.

Coconut Shrimp Ingredients:

1 lbs Shrimp
1 cup Tempura Batter
1 cup Shredded Coconut
Oil for frying

Butterfly the Shrimp by cutting a small incision down the back of the spine 3/4 of the way through.  Dip the Shrimp in the Tempura Batter then roll in the Shredded Coconut.  Pan Fry on medium heat with only 1/8 inch of oil in the bottom of the pan for 1 to 2 minutes per side.  Remove the Coconut Shrimp and place on paper towels that can absorb the frying oil, then serve.