Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gluten Free Chicken Fried Steak

I have been blessed with the most wonderful husband who also happens to be a great cook! He guest blogged today. 

Hannah and I started dating about a year after most of her family went gluten free.  I embraced the idea of cooking gluten free from the beginning.  To me, it wasn't a burden that I had to put up with if I wanted to be with Hannah, it was a challenge to create great food that tasted as good... if not better... than the gluten alternative.  When we got married, the general rule we have for the house is that even if I may not be completely gluten free at work and such (I am a teacher... school lunches...) at home we cook gluten free.  It is not fair to Hannah to bring a ton of gluten into the house.

I love Chicken Fried Steak.  My ideal version is at Lee's Fried Chicken in Lincoln, NE.  Dad and I have been going there for 20+ years after Nebraska Cornhusker football games.  I have ordered the same thing... Chicken Fried Steak, Hash Browns, and Chicken Gravy.  In some parts of the country, people put white cream gravy or brown gravy... I prefer neon yellow chicken gravy on my Chicken Fried Steak.   This is my take on Midwest Chicken Fried Steak.  The chicken bouillon we use does not contain any artificial dye, so my gravy did not get very yellow... but it did taste very good.  While I like hash browns a lot... the girls eat mashed potatoes better.

Chicken Fried Steak and Mashed Potatoes 
with Chicken Gravy

Chicken Fried Steak
4 Cubed steaks
3/4 Cup Flour Mix
1/2 Cup Potato Starch
1 tbls Onion Powder
1 tbls Garlic Powder
Pinch or two of Ground Red Pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Egg
1 Cup Milk
Oil for Frying

1 Can Chicken Broth
2-3 Carrots, cut up
2 Stocks of Celery, cut up
1 Onion, Cut up
2 Garlic Cloves, smashed
4 tsp. Chicken Bouillon
1 Cup Milk
4 tbls. Butter
2 tbls. Corn Starch
Salt and Pepper to taste

4-5 Russet Potatoes
Milk and Butter
Salt and Pepper to taste


Peel potatoes, cut into quarters, put in pot with enough water to cover.  Put on Medium High Heat

In medium pot, add first 5 ingredients for gravy, put on medium heat.  Add half a can of water

Mix dry ingredients for the steaks.  Dredge steaks through flour mix, pressing flour into steaks.  Set steaks aside

Mix egg and milk in a bowl.  Heat oil in large, heavy pan.

When oil is hot, dredge steaks through egg wash and then through flour again.  Coat well with flour and put in pan... fry until golden brown.  Drain on paper towel lined plate.  A note: I don't do the egg wash and final coating until I am about to put them in the oil.

When potatoes are tender (fork goes through easily) drain.  Add milk and about 4 tbls. of butter.  Add enough milk that when blended, everything is smooth.  Go little by little.

For gravy, strain solids out of broth.  Add bullion.  Mix corn starch and milk in a small cup until corn starch is dissolved.  Add to broth.  Bring gravy to a boil, stirring constantly.  Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat.  Add salt and pepper to taste (I often add more garlic and onion powder too).


Monday, September 17, 2012

Flour Mix

I have tried a bunch of different gluten free flour mixes. The pre-mixed ones you can buy are usually too expensive and a lot of them have bean flour in them. I really dislike the flavor of bean flour. I have come up with a flour mix that I can make at home, it is not as expensive as buying it, and it taste great! 

1 cup rice flour
1 cup corn starch
1 cup potato starch
1/2 cup sorgum flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Dear Readers,

I am sorry for my long and sudden absence. Life did not go as planned this summer (does it ever really?). I took a 2 week break while on vacation visiting my parents. It was a glorious and wonderful trip! We returned home and the next week my grandmother went in the hospital a very short 6 weeks later I was packing my bags to attend her funeral.

My grandparents live out on a farm in a town called Redfield. Every time anyone went to visit Grandma fed them. You would walk in the house and food would come flying out. My uncle likened it to the feeding of the 5 thousand. She was most famous for her casseroles. Each one of us kids thought she made those casseroles just for them! She had a way of making everyone feel special.

My grandmother loved her family more than life. Family was not limited to blood relations though. One of my cousins said, "Surely we are not the only family that has conversations that begin with 'What do you mean we aren't actually related?'" I am pretty sure the entire town of Redfield felt like family and the entire town of Redfield showed up to her funeral.

She had a wicked sense of humor and if you weren't on your guard she would get you! I think everyone's favorite story was from when she and Grandpa were dating. Grandpa had made her mad. One night while studying he got a call from a radio station saying that if he could name Roy Roger's horse he would win a prize. He correctly answered the question and the radio station said, "Congratulations! You just won a pound of horse manure!" Sure enough a few days later in the mail he received a tin that looked like his mother's cookies. Grandma convinced him to open it in the student union and it was horse manure. Grandma swore she had nothing to do with it. The fact that her dorm was fertilized with horse manure the week before was pure coincidence!

I am going to miss visiting with Grandma. I am going to miss her massive amount of food she always had on hand (3 freezers, 2 refrigerators, and a huge pantry... no joke!) I am going to miss seeing her in her chair with her cup of coffee watching the humming birds. To be honest, I don't know that I want to go to Redfield again and not have her there.

 My wonderful and amazingly talented cousin, Christin Byrd, put this together. It is a picture of Grandma's 4 children, 17 grand-children, 15 great-grand-children, all the in-laws, and some adopted family members who might as well be blood related.