Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins
"Good Eats" version by Alton Brown
- 2 lbs beef bottom round steaks, trimmed of excess fat
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 whole eggs, beaten
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1⁄2 cup whole milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh thyme leave
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Cut the meat with the grain into 1/2-inch thick slices. Season each piece on both sides with the salt and pepper. Place the flour into a pie pan. Place the eggs into a separate pie pan. Dredge the meat on both sides in the flour. Tenderize the meat, using a needling device, until each slice is 1/4-inch thick. Once tenderized, dredge the meat again in the flour, followed by the egg and finally in the flour again. Repeat with all the pieces of meat. Place the meat onto a plate and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before cooking.
- Place enough of the vegetable oil to cover the bottom of a 12-inch slope-sided skillet and set over medium-high heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the meat in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Cook each piece on both sides until golden brown, approximately 4 minutes per side. Remove the steaks to a wire rack set in a half sheet pan and place into the oven. Repeat until all of the meat is browned.
- Add the remaining vegetable oil, or at least 1 tablespoon, to the pan. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of the flour left over from the dredging. Add the chicken broth and deglaze the pan. Whisk until the gravy comes to a boil and begins to thicken. Add the milk and thyme and whisk until the gravy coats the back of a spoon, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste, with more salt and pepper, if needed. Serve the gravy over the steaks.
This was very good. I cut the recipe by four, as I was dining alone tonight. The crust on this was absolutely beautiful and crunchy, just as it should be. The gravy has a nice, rich flavor, and would be a welcome addition to mashed potatoes! I also used a cubed steak, but followed the rest of the recipe as written. Next time I'll cook it a little less, as 4 minutes on side A and 3 on side B gave me a steak that was a little more done than I wanted.
Made this last night for dinner and served with garlic mashed red potatoes and a green salad. It made for a delicious meal. I was short on time so I cheated and used cubed steak and kept tapping the flour on/in then fried. Next time I will use the round steak...their will be a next time! Made for Fall PAC 2009.