The other night Art came home with some cube steak from the “grey meat” section of the grocery store. “Grey meat” is the clearance section of the meat department – meat which is about to expire and is marked down anywhere from 30-50% or more off the original price. We call it grey meat because often the edges of the meat have started to oxidize, taking on a greyish tinge. You can get some really great deals. The only drawback is you either have to use it that day or freeze it that day.
We hadn’t had chicken fried steak in a long time, so we decided not to freeze the meat. It turned out so well, we reheated the extra pieces the next day and had them with eggs, biscuits and gravy.
2 lbs. cube steak
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
vegetable or canola oil (not olive oil)
Put flour in a plastic bag. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Mix the sugar, salt, eggs and baking powder until smooth.
Shake each piece of steak in the flour, then dip in the liquid mix, then shake in the flour again. Take out with tongs and fry in the pan for 5-7 minutes per side, until golden brown.