Friday, April 27, 2012

Country Fried Steak with Gravy

As I mentioned in my review of Chicago Health Foods store, I go there somewhat frequently. Worthington brand vegetarian foods is kind of a retro company... it's been around for decades and is owned by Loma Linda Foods. A lot of their products are not vegan and you usually just don't see them in stores. Chicago Health Foods store carries a few of their canned items and several frozen items. The multigrain cutlets are vegan, so I thought I would check it out. First, these are basically seitan steaks in a can. Second, canned seitan? Yeah... I mean, I guess it could be worse! So, I thought the best way to tackle canned seitan would be by making a country fried steak and breading it. I will also be posting a recipe for beefless beef stroganoff that I made with these multi-grain cutlets too. Now, I have to say, as far as canned seitan goes, this is really good! It was awesome in both dishes I made (I used half a can per dish). So, breaded or non-breaded, I enjoyed it. I imagine it would be really good breaded sort of like katsu or pork tenderloin and put in a sandwich too. Oh, and despite in the picture on the can the cutlet is breaded, it is not. It is seitan steaks in juice. Just FYI.

As a note, I'm not sure what you could use to replace these Worthington cutlets. I'm not aware of anything quite like them that isn't something like a Gardein chick'n patty. All seitan products I know of are crumbles and pieces, not cutlets. You could do this if you make your own seitan, though! Here is my recipe of cutlet-style seitan.

Country Fried Steak with Gravy 

* Prep Time: 1 hour
* Cook Time: 20 minutes
* Ingredients (for country fried steak):
  • 1/2 can (4) multigrain cutlets, drained
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk*
  • 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1-2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 tsp paprika
  • 1-2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 egg replacers, follow box directions*
  • peanut oil, for frying*
* Ingredients (for gravy):
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil, from frying cutlets
  • 2-3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp soy butter*
  • 3/4th cup non-dairy milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste 

* Recipe (for country fried steak):
  1. Prepare butter milk by combining the milk with vinegar. Let stand in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Soak the cutlets in the butter milk for a minimum of an hour, the longer the better. 
  2. Using 2 bowls, add half of the flour and spices to each. In a third bowl, mix the eggs according to box directions. Set up bowls in a line: flour, eggs, flour.  
  3. Add enough oil to a frying pan to come up half an inch and bring to medium to high heat.  
  4. Once oil is hot, place cutlet in first flour bowl and coat completely, shaking off excess. Then place it in the egg bowl, again coating completely and shaking excess. Place in final flour bowl, once coated, shake excess and place in oil. Repeat for each cutlet. If the egg mixture seems too thick, add a little extra water to thin it out. 
  5. Cook until each cutlet is golden brown. Place on a wire rack with a paper underneath it to catch excess oil (or place on plate with paper towels to drain oil). 
  6. Reserve about 2 tbsp of oil for gravy, keeping the dripping from the dredge. 
* Recipe (for gravy): 
  1. In the frying pan you used to make the country fried steak, add the flour to reserved oil from frying and whisk together until slightly thick. It should be a pudding consistency. If it is too thin, add more flour a teaspoon at a time until thick.  
  2. Add butter and allow to melt.  
  3. Whisk in milk. Add salt and pepper. Reduce heat and allow to thicken. If too thick, add more milk, constantly whisking until the gravy is slightly thinner than desired. Do this because it will thicken as it cools. 
  4. Pour over mashed potatoes and country fried steaks. Serve with greens.
* Note: For non-dairy milk, I used almond milk. Feel free to use whatever kind you wish. For egg replacer, I used Enger-G. Peanut oil has a high heat capacity and it is really great for frying things. If you have a nut allergy, you could still use regular vegetable oil. For soy butter, I used Earth Balance with olive oil.

For sides to this recipe, I made mashed potatoes and greens. I have recipes for these on Vegan Miss: mashed potatoes & greens.


SisHomeMaker said...

I'm a big fan of the cedar lakes brand- I'll have to give Worthington a try and see what I think. I really like the canned seitan even though it does seem a bit yucky when you think about it haha! Yum!

Miss Lexy said...

I really liked these! Check them out if you have the chance. I also have a can of Cedar Lakes vege scallops in my cupboard right now... thinking about making a seafood po boy with oyster mushrooms with it!

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