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|Chicken Fried Steak is to the South like “Eh” is to Canadians (okay, I’ve never been to Canada, but Barry has and I think the analogy works). You cannot separate them. And buddy, does this family love Chicken Fried Steak. Yummo! So, I wanted to make some in the Crock Pot. They turned out fabulous but the next time I’ll do them a tad bit differently. I made the mistakes in advance for you. You’re welcome. You’ll need minute steak (also known as cube steak), flour, salt, ground mustard, garlic powder, oil, cream of chicken soup, and water. You could serve this dish over mashed potatoes or rice. We just had mashed potatoes on the side. I like to dip stuff. Yeah, it’s a disease.|
|In a shallow dish, combine the flour, salt, ground mustard, and garlic powder. Mix it up with a fork. Spill some over the side because you’re a messy stirrer. Thanks. Dredge each steak in the flour mixture.|
|Melt some butter or shortening in a skillet. I used coconut oil but you could use butter or olive oil. Now, just fry the steaks until they start to get brown on the outside. You don’t need to fully cook them. We just want them nice and crispy on the exterior and we’ll cook the interior in the crock pot……slowly.|
|When all the steaks are done, put them in your greased crock. Please grease it. I forgot…..and I had to let mine soak for HOURS. Yes, hours. I probably could have waited less time, but I wasn’t feel very scrubby. I was feeling more soaky. So, it soaked. Moral of the story – butter that baby down.|
|Combine the soup and water in a small bowl. I use this measuring cup to do most of my small bowl mixing. It’s starting to lose all its numbers on the side. I have to guesstimate if I use it to measure……maybe that’s why some of my dishes don’t turn out. Yep! That’s TOTALLY it!|
|Pour the soup mixture evenly over the steaks. In all things, gravy is awesome. You can put gravy on anything and make it taste good. It’s sorta like ketchup. It heals a multitude of sins.|
|Put on the lid and cook on low for about 4-6 hours. Yes,4-6. Here is where I messed up. Mine cooked 8 hours. Okay, okay! GOSH! So maybe it cooked like 9 hours. Good grief. Give me a break. I was um……busy. Yep, busy.*How long you cook it depends on how done you like your steak. I like mine sorta crispyish.
|Let me tell you. It looks scary, but it’s not as burned as it looks. Really. Yes, they stuck to the bottom. And yes, some of the edges were crispy, but that’s how I like it. And I like my pizza crust burned too. But no one – and I mean no one – complained about eating these. They were so tender they fell apart. Okay, so maybe they fell apart because they were stuck to the bottom of the crock. There wasn’t much gravy left, but I think that’s because it must have evaporated around the 8thhour. Uhhh, oops?|
|They were really very good. I will be making this again (Barry loved them!), but next time I’ll only cook them for 6 hours. I think 3 extra hours was a little….much.|
Crock Pot Chicken Fried Steak
½ cup flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground mustard
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound minute steak (cube steak)
2 tablespoons oil or butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
½ cup water
Rice or mashed potatoes
Combine flour, salt, mustard powder, and garlic powder in a shallow dish. Dredge steaks in flour and then brown in skillet with oil until just barely brown on each side. Place in greased crock pot. Combine soup and water in a small dish. Pour over steaks. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with rice or potatoes.
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Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and a stay-at-home mom to her two children, Annie (3) and Andy (newborn). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with her daily antics.
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