Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Southern Specialty

Good morning fellow bloggers and bloggerettes! Welcome to a brand new, down home edition of Everyday Meals. If you are new to this blog, I want to extend a warm welcome to you. For those of you returning, welcome back! Now, I want to start by stating that I live in Texas. When I think of Southern food, my heart is home, and dag gummit, Texas food is about as Southern as it gets. Yes, granted, there may be spots in Florida further to the South, but they've honestly got nothing on Texas deep fried foods. They come close with their Cuban food, though! But let me get back on track... today we definitely are cooking up something Southern. Chicken Fried Steak to be exact. Yes, ma'am or sir! So, grab those chili pepper embroidered aprons and let's get cooking!

Chicken Fried Steak

You will need:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 4 (three ounce) portions lean filet mignon, pounded about 1/3 inch thick 
  • Nonstick cooking spray 
  • Salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 (six ounce) link hot Italian turkey sausage, casing removed 
  • 1 cup chicken broth 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Are you ready? Let's go!

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 
  2. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet lined with foil and set it aside.
  3. Put the flour and panko in two seperate small dishes. 
  4. In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites until they are very foamy but not quite holding peaks. 
  5. Dredge the steaks in the flour, shaking off any excess. 
  6. Dip them in the egg whites to coat, then dredge the steaks in the panko, coating them evenly.
  7. Place the steaks on the wire rack and spray them with cooking spray. Season the steaks with salt and pepper to taste and roast until they are golden brown and crispy, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick saute pan over high heat. 
  9. When the pan is hot, add the sausage and stir it to break it up. 
  10. Cook the sausage until it is just done.
  11. While the sausage is cooking, whisk the chicken broth into the cornstarch in a small bowl.
  12. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sausage and bring it to a simmer. 
  13. When the gravy has thickened slightly, remove the pan from the heat.
  14. Stir the yogurt into the gravy, then season it with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the hot gravy over the steaks and serve immediately!
  15. Enjoy!

Well, I hope you enjoy the taste of Southern cooking because I have a feeling that we will be seeing a lot of it! Thank you for joining me. Have a great day and happy blogging to all! <3