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Elder Care Recipes: Comforting Chicken Fried Steak

Elder Care in Garden Oaks TX

Elder Care in Garden Oaks TX

One of the most important things that you do in your elder care efforts for your aging parent is prepare delicious meals that fill him up and give him the nourishment that he needs to stay strong and healthy. Sometimes, however, it is also wonderful to prepare a meal that is all about comfort and reminiscing about wonderful memories. This meal is one of those meals. Bringing back those heartwarming feelings of family dinners from when you were a child, this chicken fried steak is an indulgent way to give your parent a dose of protein while setting the stage for a family dinner ideal for sharing stories, having conversations, and making new memories to carry with you into the future.
What You Will Need

  • 4 to 5 and 1/2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 and 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 of a cup of canola or vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 pounds of cube steak
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 of a teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of seasoned salt
  • Mashed potatoes (optional, for serving)

What to Do

  • Set up an assembly line of bowls first
  • Mix 1 and 1/2 cups of whole milk with 2 large eggs in one, whisking until well incorporated
  • In a second bowl add 2 cups of flour with 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of black pepper, mixed well
  • Add seasoned salt, 3/4 of a teaspoon of paprika and 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne to the flour as well and mix until well incorporated
  • In the third bowl, place the cube steak
  • Place one clean plate at the end of the assembly line to receive the breaded meat
  • Working one at a time, sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper before placing it in the flour mix, turning to coat
  • Place the meat into the egg and milk mixture and turn to coat
  • Place the meat back in the flour and turn to coat
  • Place the breaded meat on the clean plate
  • Repeat with the remaining meat
  • Place the large skillet on medium heat
  • Add in oil and heat
  • Add the butter to the hot skillet and coat
  • Drop a few sprinkles of flour into the skillet to test the heat level, if the butter sizzles immediately it is ready, though it should not brown right away, and if it does, it needs to be turned down
  • Add the meat to the skillet, three pieces at a time
  • Cook about 2 minutes on each side, until the edges begin to look golden brown
  • Remove from the heat and place on a paper towel lined plate
  • Cover with another plate or foil to keep warm
  • Repeat until all the meat is cooked, drain the pan
  • When the meat is cooked, pour the grease into the heatproof bowl
  • Return the skillet to the heat and turn the heat to medium low
  • Add 1/4 of a cup of the grease back to the skillet and allow it to heat
  • When the grease is hot, add the remaining 1/3 cup of flour evenly over the grease
  • Mix the flour with the grease with a whisk to create a paste that is golden brown in color
  • Add more flour if it looks too greasy, add more grease if it is too pasty or clumpy
  • Keep cooking until it reaches a deep golden brown color
  • Add the milk, while continuing to whisk constantly
  • Still whisking, add the salt and black pepper to taste
  • Cook 5 to 10 minutes, until the gravy is sufficiently thick and smooth
  • Pour the gravy over the meat and serve hot with a side of mashed potatoes if desired

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Garden Oaks, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.

Donna Wrabel, LMSW

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

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