Make Something Monday – GF Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy

I love southern cooking, mostly because the food is fried… there’s nothing better than a crisp golden crust on a big piece of meat. (Is your mouth watering yet?) But also because it’s called soul food for a reason. It feels like it’s giving your tummy a big warm hug and makes you feel like your home even if that’s hundreds of miles away.

When I started searching for a GF Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy recipe I knew I wanted to make something that would make my grandma proud. I got a great deal on some Bob’s Red Mill GF Flour on Amazon a few months ago so I have tons of it at my apartment, but you can use any GF flour blend you have on hand. You could even use the GF Bisquick, but I’m not a huge fan of how it comes out as a breading.

chicken fried steakGluten & Dairy Free Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy

  • 1 pound cube steak
  • 1 cup GF flour blend
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional if you like the heat)
  • oil for frying (I use vegetable, canola, or grapeseed)
  • 2 Tbls Smart Balance Light (or any non-diary butter substitute)
  • 1-1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 Tbls reserved GF flour
  • 8-10 in skillet
  1. Take 2 shallow pie plates and fill one with the GF flour blend, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Mix together. Fill the 2nd plate with the 2 beaten eggs.
  2. Heat up the oil in your 8-10 in skillet.
  3. Dredge the steaks first in the eggs, then in the GF flour blend. If you want a thicker coating you can re-dip the steaks in the eggs and dredge again in the flour blend.
  4. Once your oil is hot enough fry your steaks for 4-5 minutes per side. You can set your oven to warm and place a oven proof dish inside. Take your cooked steaks and place in the oven to stay warm while you prepare your gravy.
  5. Add the butter & flour to your pan filled with pan drippings. Whisk together to create a rue and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Pour your almond milk into the pan, starting with 1 cup. Whisk all the ingredients together and cook until the gravy thickens. Add salt & pepper to taste. More milk can be added if gravy becomes to thick.
  7. Pour gravy over your chicken fried steaks, eat & enjoy!

I like to serve mine with fried eggs and bacon wrapped asparagus, but hash browns or a small salad would also be a nice compliment. Mimosas are also a great companion to any brunch!

What’s your favorite thing to eat for brunch?



Updates to Make Something Monday – Beginning this gluten free adventure

I’m pretty sure I have loved bread ever since I was old enough to eat it. But the older I’ve gotten the less bread has loved me back. I’ve struggled with myself for the past few years about whether or not to give up gluten, thinking my issues weren’t as bad as I thought, or that it’s something I could live with. No one wants to be the person going out to eat that has to order something strange, ask a bunch of questions, or always having some kind of modified meal. I just want to order pretzels and pizza like the rest of you!


Great bread book if you’re not gluten free

In the past few months I’ve started to make some healthy changes to my lifestyle. I started working out quite a bit, drinking less, and tried to get more sleep at night. But it wasn’t enough and my gut was still feeling crummy so I decided to do something dramatic. I tried out a very extreme elimination diet that cut out gluten, diary, and most fiber for one week and the results were pretty amazing. After reintroducing the eliminated foods I realized gluten’s a no go for me, dairy is okay in small amounts, and fiber is good as long as I eat mostly soluble rather than insoluble. The body is an amazing instrument and the food we put into it can drastically change the way we feel on a day-to-day basis.

These past few weeks have been great and hard at the same time. We went on vacation to New York for a wedding and I struggled to find foods I could eat, but this was definitely a learning experience. Not every city is as GF friendly as Portland and I should have done a bit more research & prepared more snacks. Otherwise since I’ve been home from vacation I’m back on track and feeling good.


Gluten free & diary free chicken fried steak & gravy

So my plan with Make Something Monday is to feature some great recipes that will help others that are in a similar situation. The internet is full of gluten free recipes but I promise to only feature what has worked for me. I also hope to feature how to modify recipes into being dairy free but not vegan (because there are plenty of people out there that can’t eat dairy but can scarf down a pound of bacon no problem).

So please stop by on Monday to see what yummy things I’ve started cooking up in my GF kitchen!

You can also check out my Gluten Free board on Pinterest.



What I’m Reading Wednesdays – Divergent & Her: A Memoir

I’m doing double duty this week and trying to finish not only my current book club pick, but also another book I have coming due at the library. I’ve never set deadlines for myself when reading, and now that I get most of my books from the library it’s kind of nice to have a set time to read a book. This is probably why I’ve been successful in my reading challenge this year.

Divergent_hqOctober was my turn to pick a book for our book club and I was so excited to choose Divergent by Veronica Roth. My friend Christa recommended this book to me after i read the Hunger Games back in early 2012 and I was blown away by how good it was. If you are a fan of YA and girls that just kick ass, then you may want to run and pick this one up.

Yes, it’s also being made into a movie starring Shailene Woodley! I’m pretty excited about this. I’m all about movie adaptations, even if I do nit-pick certain things. For the most part I love them as a piece of the stories world and fandom.

Most people in the book club has been responding really well to Divergent, which is such a relief. It’s always a bit scary to recommend a book that you love because there’s the chance someone else will hate it.

Veronica Roth has two other books in this series, Insurgent & Allegiant (coming out 10/22/13), so right now is the perfect time to start reading them!

The other book I just started reading is Her: A Memoir by Christa Pavaratti. My friend had been talking about it for awhile on facebook and I immediately added it to my library list.


Her: A Memoir is the story of Christa Pavaratti and her twin sister Cara who died of a drug overdose. Christa is trying to figure out her place in this world without her other half and soon falls into the patterns of her sister, hoping that if she becomes more like Cara, she won’t feel her loss.

I’ve only started reading memoirs in the last year and I have a feeling that this one won’t disappoint. It’s always a really interesting thing to step into someone else’s non-fiction world. You can only hope that there will be some kind of happy ending.

What’s your favorite type of story to read? Non-Fiction or Fiction?