One of America’s Favorites – Chicken Fried Steak and Mashed Potatoes

November 20, 2017 at 6:32 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 2 Comments
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Chicken fried steak served with mashed potatoes topped with gravy

Chicken fried steak (also known as country fried steak) is an American breaded cutlet dish consisting of a piece of beefsteak (tenderized cube steak) coated with seasoned flour and pan-fried. It is associated with the Southern cuisine of the United States. Despite the name, the dish contains no chicken, but is so-named for the cooking method is similar to that of fried chicken.

Chicken fried steak resembles the Austrian dish Wiener Schnitzel and the Italian-South American dish Milanesa, which is a tenderized veal or pork cutlet, coated with flour, eggs, and bread crumbs, and then fried. It is also similar to the recipe for Scottish collops.

The precise origins of the dish are unclear, but many sources attribute its development to German and Austrian immigrants to Texas in the 19th century, who brought recipes for Wiener Schnitzel from Europe to the USA. Lamesa, the seat of Dawson County on the Texas South Plains, claims to be the birthplace of chicken fried steak, and hosts an annual celebration accordingly.

 

The Virginia Housewife, published in 1838 by Mary Randolph, has a recipe for veal cutlets that is one of the earliest recipes for a food like chicken fried steak. The recipe for what we now know as chicken fried steak was included in many regional cookbooks by the late 19th century. The Oxford English Dictionary’s earliest attestation of the term “chicken-fried steak” is from a restaurant advertisement in the 19 June 1914 edition of the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper.

Chicken fried steak is prepared by taking a thin cut of beefsteak and tenderizing it by pounding, cubing, or forking. It is then either immersed in egg batter and/or dredged in flour to which salt, pepper, and often other seasonings have been added (called breading). After this, the steak is fried in a skillet or, less commonly, deep-fried. Restaurants often call the deep fried version chicken fried and the pan fried type country fried. The frying medium has traditionally been butter, lard, or other shortening, but in recent years, health concerns have led most cooks to substitute the shortening with vegetable oil.

 

Chicken fried steak with chipotle cream gravy

The cuts of steak used for chicken fried steak are usually the less expensive, less desirable ones, such as chuck, round steak, and occasionally flank steak. The method is also sometimes used for chopped, ground, or especially cube steak. When ground beef is used, it is sometimes called a “chuckwagon”. Chicken fried steak is usually served for lunch or dinner topped with cream gravy and with mashed potatoes, vegetables, and biscuits served on the side. In the Midwest, it is also common to serve chicken fried steak for breakfast, along with toast and hash browns.

The steak can be served on a hamburger bun as a sandwich, cubed and stuffed in a baked potato with the gravy and cheese, or cut into strips and served in a basket with fries and gravy, which is then known as “steak fingers”.

A 1943 American cookbook recipe for Wiener Schnitzel includes a white salt and pepper cream gravy.

Chicken fried steak is among numerous popular dishes which make up the official state meal of Oklahoma, added to the list in 1988.

Typically, in Texas and surrounding states, chicken fried steak is fried in a thick layer of oil in a pan and served with traditional peppered milk gravy. The same dish is sometimes known as “country fried steak” in other parts of the United States, where it is subject to some regional variations. Often there is a brown gravy, and occasionally the meat is either pan-fried with little oil, or simmered in the gravy. In some areas, “country steak” may refer to Salisbury steak, a chopped or minced beef patty in brown gravy.

 

Other meats may be used, with “chicken-fried chicken” having appeared on many menus, substituting a boneless chicken breast for the steak. Chicken fried chicken differs from the dish known as “fried chicken” because the meat is removed from the bones, and cooked in the fashion of chicken fried steak. Another term is “chicken-fried-steak-fried chicken”.

Boneless pork chops, usually center cut, can be served in this manner, as well as chicken fried buffalo steak.

 

 

Mashed potato

Another One of America’s Favorites – Mashed Potato

What’s Chicken Fried Steak without Mashed Potatoes!

Mashed potato (British English) or mashed potatoes (American English), is a dish prepared by mashing boiled potatoes. Recipes started appearing in 1747 with an entry in The Art of Cookery by Hannah Glasse. Dehydrated and frozen mashed potatoes are available in many supermarkets.

 

 

The use of “floury” types of potato is recommended, although “waxy” potatoes are sometimes used for a different texture. Butter, vegetable oil, milk and/or cream are usually added to improve flavor and texture, and the potatoes are seasoned with salt, pepper, and any other desired herbs and spices. Popular ingredients and seasonings include: garlic, cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, crisp onion or spring onion, caramelized onion, mustard, horseradish, spices such as nutmeg, and chopped herbs such as parsley.

One French variation adds egg yolk for pommes duchesse or Duchess potatoes; piped through a pastry tube into wavy ribbons and rosettes, brushed with butter and lightly browned. Pomme purée (potato puree) uses considerably more butter than normal mashed potato – up to two parts potato for one part butter. In low-calorie or non-dairy variations, milk, cream and butter may be replaced by soup stock or broth. Aloo Bharta, an Indian sub-continent variation, uses chopped onions, mustard (oil, paste or seeds), chili pepper, coriander leaves and other spices.

 

Mashed Potatoes with butter and chives

 

Mashed potato can be served as a side dish, and is often served with sausages in the British Isles, where they are known as bangers and mash. Mashed potato can be an ingredient of various other dishes, including shepherd’s and cottage pie, pierogi, colcannon, dumplings, potato pancakes, potato croquettes and gnocchi.

In the United Kingdom, the cold mashed potato is mixed with fresh eggs and then fried until crispy to produce the potato cake. This dish is thought to have originated in Cornwall and is a popular breakfast item. When instead combined with meat and other leftover vegetables, the fried dish is known as bubble and squeak.

A potato masher is a utensil which can be used to prepare the potatoes, as is a potato ricer.

 

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Whole-Grain Pasta Recipes

November 16, 2017 at 6:03 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Whole-Grain Pasta Recipes. Healthy and Delicious Whole-Grain Pasta Recipes like; Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Meal-Prep Freezer Pack, Ground Beef and Pasta Skillet, and Smoky Shrimp, Corn and Pea One-Pot Pasta. Find these and more all at the EatingWell website. Looking for a good recipe Magazine, look no further! Subscribe to the EatingWell Magazine. I’ve had subscription for years now and have found so many Delicious recipes! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Whole-Grain Pasta Recipes
Find healthy, delicious whole-grain pasta recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Meal-Prep Freezer Pack
Not only does this chicken noodle soup recipe utilize the crock pot for a set-it-and-forget-it easy dinner, you can also prep all the ingredients ahead of time and store them away in the freezer to pull out on a day where you forgot to plan dinner. That’s a meal-prep win! Just make sure you thaw the food before adding it to the slow cooker—otherwise it will remain at an unsafe temperature for too long……..

Ground Beef and Pasta Skillet
Sneak extra vegetables into your child’s day (and yours too!) with this easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Finely chop mushrooms to resemble the texture of ground beef and stir them into a classic meat sauce for an extra-healthy twist on a dinnertime favorite…….

Smoky Shrimp, Corn and Pea One-Pot Pasta
Make your sauce and pasta all at once with this fast weeknight pasta dinner recipe. By using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta—no colanders here—the starch that cooks off into your pasta water, which you usually drain away, stays in the pot, giving you delectably creamy results…….

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Healthy Ground Beef Recipes

November 11, 2017 at 6:26 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Ground Beef Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Ground Beef Recipes like; Marinara Meat Sauce Topped Baked Potato, Inside-Out Cheeseburgers, and Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos for Two. Find these and more at The EatingWell website. Don’t forget to subscribe to the EatingWell Magazine. I’ve subscribed to the Magazine for many years and have found so many fantastic recipes! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

Healthy Ground Beef Recipes
Find healthy, delicious ground beef recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Marinara Meat Sauce Topped Baked Potato
Break out of your pasta routine by subbing in a baked potato in this simple and satisfying dinner for one……

Inside-Out Cheeseburgers
Why put the cheese on top of the burger when half of it just melts off? Instead, form the burger around the cheese so you can char the meat and safeguard the more delicate flavors. Use any mixture of hard or semihard cheeses—Emmentaler and Gouda or Asiago and Parmigiano-Reggiano also pair well…….

Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos for Two
This healthy beef taquitos recipe for two calls for baking instead of deep-frying, making the taquitos substantially healthier than what you’d get at a restaurant. One order of these little deep-fried, rolled-up tacos at a restaurant can set you back almost 1,000 calories and 60 grams of fat! Don’t worry if some of the taquitos crack open while baking—they’re still crispy and delicious. Serve with your favorite salsa, guacamole and reduced-fat sour cream……

 

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Diabetic Slow-Cooker and Crockpot Recipes

November 8, 2017 at 6:20 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Diabetic Slow-Cooker and Crockpot Recipes. Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Slow-Cooker and Crockpot Recipes like; Cacciatore-Style Chicken, Buffalo Chicken Salads, and Fireside Beef Stew. Find these and recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

Diabetic Slow-Cooker and Crockpot Recipes
Find healthy, delicious diabetic slow-cooker and crockpot recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Cacciatore-Style Chicken
Cacciatore is Italian for hunter. This slow-cooker chicken is prepared hunter-style—with onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and herbs……

Buffalo Chicken Salads
Enjoy super-tasty Buffalo chicken that’s easier (done in your slow cooker!) and healthier (topping a salad!) than traditional wings…….

Fireside Beef Stew
This low-calorie main dish stew gets its lively flavor from a tantalizing mix of mustard, allspice, and Worcestershire sauce…….

* Click the link below to get all the Diabetic Slow-Cooker and Crockpot Recipes
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Homemade Pizza Recipes

November 7, 2017 at 6:25 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its – Homemade Pizza Recipes. Why order a delivery Pizza when you can make your own, and healthier one! Delicious Homemade Pizza Recipes like; Chicken Taco Pizza, Mushroom and Herb Pizza, and Turkey-Spinach Calzones. Find these and more all at one of my favorite recipe sites, Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Homemade Pizza Recipes
Pizza doesn’t have to be guilt-by-the-slice. Feel good about eating your favorite comfort food with these homemade pizzas and calzones. Whether featuring homemade pizza dough or light, convenient substitutes like pitas, tortillas, or lettuce, all of our healthy pizza recipes are delicious and diabetes-friendly.

Chicken Taco Pizza
In three easy steps, you can create homemade taco pizza that has only 22 grams of carb and 248 calories per personal pizza. Get the kids involved and let them create their own!…..

Mushroom and Herb Pizza
Combining sweet honey wheat pizza dough, hearty mushrooms, and savory herbs with eggs makes this breakfast pizza perfect for brunch. This mushroom-herb pizza gets its protein from mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and scrambled eggs………

Turkey-Spinach Calzones

With a batch of these foldover turkey-and-cheese pizzas stashed in the freezer, tomorrow’s supper is as simple as transferring the number you need to the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Then bake and enjoy!……

 

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Kitchen Hint of the Day! SATURDAY

November 4, 2017 at 6:15 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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No Meat on Mondays………

Never buy meat from the supermarket on Monday Mornings. It’s likely that those packages for sale were not sold over the weekend, and most shipments of fresh meat arrive on Monday afternoon or on Tuesday

Diabetic Breakfast Casserole and Skillet Recipes

November 2, 2017 at 5:21 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Diabetic Breakfast Casserole and Skillet Recipes. Delicious Diabetic Friendly Recipes like; Ranch Eggs, Mexican Breakfast Burrito, and Zucchini and Swiss Pie. Find these and much more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Diabetic Breakfast Casserole and Skillet Recipes
Looking for a hearty and healthy breakfast? Try one of these diabetes-friendly breakfast casseroles, and you’ll feel full and satisfied.

Ranch Eggs
Spice up skillet eggs with a base of jalapeno, chili powder, tomatoes, and onions. Serve with a warm tortilla and a sprinkling of Monterey Jack cheese for a complete Southwestern experience………

Mexican Breakfast Burrito
Mashed pinto or black beans give this hearty burrito a heaping helping of protein as well as fiber. Topped with a little Mexican queso fresco, this dish has definite south-of-the-border feel….

Zucchini and Swiss Pie
Use Parmesan cheese to flavor and enrich a hash brown potato crust. It’s a delicious base for the vegetable custard filling……………

* Click the link below to get all the Diabetic Breakfast Casserole and Skillet Recipes
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Healthy Quesadilla Recipes

October 28, 2017 at 5:20 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Quesadilla Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Quesadilla Recipes, with recipes like; Ancho Chile Quesadillas, Crab Quesadillas, and Turkey and Balsamic Onion Quesadillas. Find these and more all at the EatingWell website. Plus don’t forget to subscribe to the EatingWell Magazine. I’ve had a subscription for years and have found so many recipes and recipe ideas. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

Healthy Quesadilla Recipes
Find healthy, delicious quesadilla recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Ancho Chile Quesadillas
Rehydrated dry chiles often have more intense and multidimensional flavors than fresh. In this simple quesadilla recipe, mildly spicy ancho chiles (dried poblanos) and nutty Gruyère cheese melt together for an easy snack or quick dinner. Find anchos in well-stocked supermarkets, at Mexican grocers or online…….

Crab Quesadillas
These quesadillas have an irresistibly creamy filling. They also make great appetizers. Make it a meal: Serve with your favorite salsa on top and a cup of black bean soup topped with chopped avocado……..

Turkey and Balsamic Onion Quesadillas
Not your traditional quesadilla, these feature deli turkey and Cheddar cheese, along with onions quickly marinated in balsamic vinegar. Serve with sauteed vegetables or a tossed salad for a quick meal…….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Quesadilla Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18188/cuisines-regions/latin-american/mexican/quesadillas/

Healthy Tips for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

October 26, 2017 at 5:09 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its – Healthy Tips for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers. Tailgate and grill out and still eat healthy with these tips on how. Find all all the tips at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Healthy Tips for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
Yes, you can eat hot dogs and hamburgers on your diabetic diet. Just follow a few tips and tricks, and start enjoying these barbecue favorites guilt-free.

 

Where’s the Beef?
Hamburger meat, by government standards, is fresh or frozen ground beef without anything else added and can contain no more than 30 percent fat by weight. At the supermarket, hamburger meat is labeled with its percentage of lean meat and percentage of fat, such as 80/20 or 93/7. Not so at a friend’s barbecue or a ballpark grill. Here are some good rules of thumb:
— A 3-ounce serving of cooked meat is just right — there’s no need to pile on extra patties or order a large burger unless you share…….

6 Ways to Lighten Your Hot Dog or Hamburger
Go Topless
Ditch half the bun to cut carbs. Opt for a whole grain bun when you have the choice. If available, use a lettuce-leaf topper to help keep your fingers clean……

Scope Out the Grill
Look for vendors who use an open grill rather than a smooth-top grill. The open grill lets a little more fat drip away……

 

* Click the link below for all the Healthy Tips for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/healthy-tips-hot-dogs-and-hamburgers

Diabetic Ground Beef Recipes

October 24, 2017 at 5:30 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Diabetic Ground Beef Recipes. Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Ground Beef Recipes for Stews, Sandwiches, Casseroles, and more! Find these and more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Diabetic Ground Beef Recipes
A little ground beef goes a long way. Add the versatile ingredient to a stew, sandwich, casserole, or pasta dish for extra protein and savory flavor. These delicious and diabetes-friendly ground beef recipes use aromatic herbs and nutrient-rich vegetables that showcase the meat.

Firehouse Enchiladas
Indulge for dinner with this rich and spicy Mexican favorite baked as one simple casserole. For just 32 grams of carb, you can have two enchiladas!…..

Spaghetti Lover’s Soup
Spaghetti tastes just as great in a soup. The tomatoey broth and ground beef help fill you up faster than the traditional pasta dish while reducing the carbs……

Meatball Lasagna
Huge Mediterranean-spiced meatballs lie between layers of whole wheat noodles and melted mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmesan cheeses in this gorgeous, worry-free lasagna with only 22 grams of carb per serving……

 

* Click the link below to get all the Diabetic Ground Beef Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/beef/diabetic-ground-beef-recipes

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