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Country-Fried Steak in Paradise

Photo: Charles Walton
Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • Pinch of ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound cubed sirloin steak
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk

How to Make It

  1. Stir together 1/2 cup flour, cornmeal, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, red pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow dish.

  2. Cut steak into 4 pieces, and dredge in flour mixture.

  3. Heat bacon drippings in a large cast-iron skillet until hot. Add steak, and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until browned, turning once. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 15 minutes. Uncover and cook 10 minutes or until crisp, turning once. Drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet; transfer steak to a serving platter.

  4. Heat reserved drippings in skillet; whisk in 2 tablespoons flour, and cook, whisking constantly, until browned. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Serve gravy with steak.

Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Louisville, KY