Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Azalea's Country Fried Steak

Charlie Harris from the best-selling "Cat in the Stacks" mysteries by Miranda James

My housekeeper, Azalea Berry, is the best Southern cook I've ever known. She feeds me the food of
my childhood -- the comfort food that brings back wonderful memories of meals with my parents. I can't eat it at every meal, of course, or I'd be hard-pressed to make up the stairs to my bedroom. Friends envy me, and no one ever turns down an invitation to a meal that Azalea has prepared. Those same friends also bug me from time to time, asking me to ask Azalea for a particular recipe. Here is one of her standbys, her country fried steak recipe. Enjoy!

Country Fried Steak with Gravy


1 tenderized round steak (per person, or cut into smaller portions if desired)
2 beaten eggs
1/8 cup milk (2 tablespoons)
salt/pepper/garlic powder
3 tablespoons flour


Season meat, cut into serving size.  Place a cup or so of flour into one shallow bowl and mix in salt, garlic and pepper to taste.  (Note: for a spicier taste, use a touch of cayenne).  In a second bowl beat the 2 eggs and add milk.  Mix them together.  Dip meat in flour, then in egg mixture, then in flour a second time.  Shake off any excess flour.  Fry in cast iron pan with about 1/4 to ½ inch of  heated oil.  (Note: make sure the pan is hot enough to fry but not too hot to burn the oil.)  Cook until meat is done and coating is a deep golden brown.

Next you make the milk gravy by using 3 tablespoons of the grease used to fry the steak and add 3 tablespoons of flour, mix well and add milk to the consistency of gravy you like.

Add some homemade biscuits, green beans and iced tea, and you have a great Southern meal.


  1. Yum! Azalea can cook for me anytime! Congratulations on #6, in the Cat in the Stacks!

  2. Just a few weeks ago, for no particular reason, I felt like eating Chicken Fried Steak/Country Fried Steak and Gravy. This is one food that I have never ever made in all of my 51 years of marriage. I have always had this at a Southern restaurant but that night I just HAD to HAVE this. Can't figure out why but it was worth the trip to the grocery store (for my husband) and this blog post really gave me another urge to make it again. Love this series by the way. Keep up the great writing.

  3. I love this series and the recipe looks delicious!

  4. Sounds like one of those meals I grew up with up north. Norwegian/German influenced area. Except maybe the iced tea...

  5. Oh, that looks tasty! Saving this yummy recipe for later.