Monday, January 31, 2011

Home Run Recipe

I am not a great cook.  I'm getting better and I should probably cut myself some slack!  But I did have a home run tonight and I thought I would share what I did to make a healthier version of Chicken Fried Steak.  It's not really a recipe but more of a method (as Rachael Ray would say)

Cube Steak
Egg Whites
Panko Bread Crumbs (Japanese Bread Crumbs)
Sweet Paprika

After you separate the egg white from yolks, beat the egg whites with a fork until foamy.  Set up an assembly line.  1st bowl:  Flour, Pepper, Salt, Sweet Paprika.  2nd bowl: egg whites.  3rd bowl:  Panko bread crumbs. Take the steak and dredge through each bowl.  You can press extra bread crumbs into meat if needed.  Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 425 till golden brown.  This probably took about 20 minutes.

Now, I also made a gravy for it that wasn't so healthy but was SOOOOO good!  I was just using what was in my fridge.
2 T butter
Half and Half (or milk)
Sweet Paprika

Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium fry pan.  Saute garlic and shallots in butter.  You can use onions if you like, but I like a more mild taste.  Add 2 T flour to pan and stir together to make a roux.  Add cream and mushrooms.  Cook down.  Watch it so it doesn't burn.  If you use milk you will have to simmer it longer.  You can also use less cream and add beef stock.

If you make this, I sure would like to hear how it went.

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