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Sonny Funzio

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RE: Chicken Fried Steak Tue, 02/21/06 7:48 PM (permalink)
a long time ago I lived outside of Nashville ... used to get fantastic CFS with red-eye gravy; a gravy made with bacon fat and coffee along with other mysterious ingredients ... it was at a truckstop away from the interstate (also known for it's large, whole breaded catfish ... around $2 at the time). sigh.
 
    Michael Hoffman

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    RE: Chicken Fried Steak Wed, 02/22/06 11:40 AM (permalink)
    Redeye gravy with chicken fried steak? Strange!
     
      Kenny da Fat Man

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      RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sat, 02/25/06 4:35 PM (permalink)
      I had a really good CFS in Sevierville, TN in the Alabama Cafe. It was as big as your head, flavorful and cripy outside & moist inside.
       
        Sundancer7

        RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sat, 02/25/06 5:04 PM (permalink)
        quote:
        Originally posted by Kenny da Fat Man

        I had a really good CFS in Sevierville, TN in the Alabama Cafe. It was as big as your head, flavorful and cripy outside & moist inside.

        As many times as I have been in Pigeon Forge, I have never tried the Alabama Cafe. Thanks for your comments. I will try it on my next trip there which averages about once a month.

        Paul E. Smith
        Knoxville, TN
         
          Kenny da Fat Man

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          RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 9:03 AM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by Sundancer7

          quote:
          Originally posted by Kenny da Fat Man

          I had a really good CFS in Sevierville, TN in the Alabama Cafe. It was as big as your head, flavorful and cripy outside & moist inside.

          As many times as I have been in Pigeon Forge, I have never tried the Alabama Cafe. Thanks for your comments. I will try it on my next trip there which averages about once a month.

          Paul E. Smith
          Knoxville, TN


          Paul take an asprin: it's loud (Alabama on the big screen).

          Take a quick walk thru the tour bus, it's good hokey fun and it's a buck.

          The Alabama Cafe is a novelty, but the food was pretty good and was't extremely expensive...good luck! A flashy slice of Americana.

          Kenny DFM
           
            Adjudicator

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            RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 10:08 AM (permalink)
            Trivia time.

            What is the difference between "Country Fried Steak" and "Chicken Fried Steak"?
             
              Sundancer7

              RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 10:38 AM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by Adjudicator

              Trivia time.

              What is the difference between "Country Fried Steak" and "Chicken Fried Steak"?


              I am not sure that this is the real difference but Mamaw Smith has been making country fried steak for years, at least that it what she calls it. She browns cubed steak covered in flour and spices and then after she browns it, she adds some water and onions and coverers it and slow cooks it in the oven for about four hours at about 275F. I do not know if that is the true definition but that is how she does it. Makes a super gravy that goes well with her real mashed potatoes and home made rolls.

              Paul E. Smith
              Knoxville, TN
               
                Adjudicator

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                RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 10:46 AM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by Sundancer7

                quote:
                Originally posted by Adjudicator

                Trivia time.

                What is the difference between "Country Fried Steak" and "Chicken Fried Steak"?


                I am not sure that this is the real difference but Mamaw Smith has been making country fried steak for years, at least that it what she calls it. She browns cubed steak covered in flour and spices and then after she browns it, she adds some water and onions and coverers it and slow cooks it in the oven for about four hours at about 275F. I do not know if that is the true definition but that is how she does it. Makes a super gravy that goes well with her real mashed potatoes and home made rolls.

                Paul E. Smith
                Knoxville, TN


                AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!! BINGO!!! BINGO!!!!

                I am not surprised that Paul knew this. The only thing I do differently is add a bit of sliced green bell peppers to the ingredients. IMO, I like this better than "Chicken" FS.

                 
                  Adjudicator

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                  RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 10:57 AM (permalink)
                   
                    wanderingjew

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                    RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 11:30 AM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Adjudicator

                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Sundancer7

                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Adjudicator

                    Trivia time.

                    What is the difference between "Country Fried Steak" and "Chicken Fried Steak"?


                    I am not sure that this is the real difference but Mamaw Smith has been making country fried steak for years, at least that it what she calls it. She browns cubed steak covered in flour and spices and then after she browns it, she adds some water and onions and coverers it and slow cooks it in the oven for about four hours at about 275F. I do not know if that is the true definition but that is how she does it. Makes a super gravy that goes well with her real mashed potatoes and home made rolls.

                    Paul E. Smith
                    Knoxville, TN


                    AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!! BINGO!!! BINGO!!!!

                    I am not surprised that Paul knew this. The only thing I do differently is add a bit of sliced green bell peppers to the ingredients. IMO, I like this better than "Chicken" FS.




                    So what is the difference between Chicken Fried Steak and Country Fried Steak? When I'm down south (The Carolina's, Tennessee etc) I see Country Fried Steak on the menu, but in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas it's always Chicken Fried Steak. What's the difference between the two?
                     
                      Adjudicator

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                      RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 12:01 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by wanderingjew

                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Adjudicator

                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Sundancer7

                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Adjudicator

                      Trivia time.

                      What is the difference between "Country Fried Steak" and "Chicken Fried Steak"?


                      I am not sure that this is the real difference but Mamaw Smith has been making country fried steak for years, at least that it what she calls it. She browns cubed steak covered in flour and spices and then after she browns it, she adds some water and onions and coverers it and slow cooks it in the oven for about four hours at about 275F. I do not know if that is the true definition but that is how she does it. Makes a super gravy that goes well with her real mashed potatoes and home made rolls.

                      Paul E. Smith
                      Knoxville, TN


                      AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!! BINGO!!! BINGO!!!!

                      I am not surprised that Paul knew this. The only thing I do differently is add a bit of sliced green bell peppers to the ingredients. IMO, I like this better than "Chicken" FS.




                      So what is the difference between Chicken Fried Steak and Country Fried Steak? When I'm down south (The Carolina's, Tennessee etc) I see Country Fried Steak on the menu, but in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas it's always Chicken Fried Steak. What's the difference between the two?


                      The gravy. In Country FS, the seasoned, floured meat is sauteed with onions, spices, etc., and other liquids, and is then cooked over low heat until fork tender. Chicken FS, per se, is fried. Gravy added later. I have often heard that Chicken FS is a (Southern) adaptation of the traditional Weiner Schnitzel (pictured below). IMO, all are delicious. I just happen to like Country FS better. A must with all CFS is of course home made mashed tater's.

                       
                        wanderingjew

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                        RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 12:07 PM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Adjudicator

                        quote:
                        Originally posted by wanderingjew

                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Adjudicator

                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Sundancer7

                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Adjudicator

                        Trivia time.

                        What is the difference between "Country Fried Steak" and "Chicken Fried Steak"?


                        I am not sure that this is the real difference but Mamaw Smith has been making country fried steak for years, at least that it what she calls it. She browns cubed steak covered in flour and spices and then after she browns it, she adds some water and onions and coverers it and slow cooks it in the oven for about four hours at about 275F. I do not know if that is the true definition but that is how she does it. Makes a super gravy that goes well with her real mashed potatoes and home made rolls.

                        Paul E. Smith
                        Knoxville, TN


                        AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!! BINGO!!! BINGO!!!!

                        I am not surprised that Paul knew this. The only thing I do differently is add a bit of sliced green bell peppers to the ingredients. IMO, I like this better than "Chicken" FS.




                        So what is the difference between Chicken Fried Steak and Country Fried Steak? When I'm down south (The Carolina's, Tennessee etc) I see Country Fried Steak on the menu, but in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas it's always Chicken Fried Steak. What's the difference between the two?


                        The gravy. In Country FS, the meat is sauteed with onions, etc., and other liquids. Chicken FS, per se, is fried. Gravy added later. I have often heard that Chicken FS is a (Southern) adaptation of the traditional Weiner Schnitzel. IMO, all are delicious. I just happen to like Country FS better.




                        Ah-ha!

                        I'm going to have to try Country Fried Steak the next time I'm down south!
                         
                          Adjudicator

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                          RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 12:11 PM (permalink)
                          Faint. Have I actually taught WJ something?

                           
                            ces1948

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                            RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 7:30 PM (permalink)
                            We went to the Alabama Grill in Sevierville today and had the CFS recommended above. It was very good and is touted on the menu as something like the "Texas one pounder". It was as big as a frisbee and though $14.99 is a little pricey we each brought over 1/2 of it home for another meal maybe two so that works out fairly cheap. It came with with mashed potatoes and country greenbeans.

                            Charlie
                             
                              ces1948

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                              RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 02/26/06 7:39 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Adjudicator

                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Sundancer7

                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Adjudicator

                              Trivia time.

                              What is the difference between "Country Fried Steak" and "Chicken Fried Steak"?


                              I am not sure that this is the real difference but Mamaw Smith has been making country fried steak for years, at least that it what she calls it. She browns cubed steak covered in flour and spices and then after she browns it, she adds some water and onions and coverers it and slow cooks it in the oven for about four hours at about 275F. I do not know if that is the true definition but that is how she does it. Makes a super gravy that goes well with her real mashed potatoes and home made rolls.

                              Paul E. Smith
                              Knoxville, TN


                              AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!! BINGO!!! BINGO!!!!

                              I am not surprised that Paul knew this. The only thing I do differently is add a bit of sliced green bell peppers to the ingredients. IMO, I like this better than "Chicken" FS.




                              I have always referred to the above as "Steak and Gravy" most of the meat and three places around here have that as a daily special at least once a week. I guess my version of country fried steak is a lot closer to chicken fried steak.

                              Charlie
                               
                                Respect2Glory

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                                RE: Chicken Fried Steak Mon, 02/27/06 5:05 AM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by ces1948

                                We went to the Alabama Grill in Sevierville today and had the CFS recommended above. It was very good and is touted on the menu as something like the "Texas one pounder". It was as big as a frisbee and though $14.99 is a little pricey we each brought over 1/2 of it home for another meal maybe two so that works out fairly cheap. It came with with mashed potatoes and country greenbeans.

                                Charlie


                                What are country greenbeans? (first thought) (appealing thought)
                                 
                                  Respect2Glory

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                                  RE: Chicken Fried Steak Mon, 02/27/06 5:32 AM (permalink)
                                  In May we're spending a week in Florida with a 4HR layover in ATLANTA, GA. I choose the dinner-time layover to sneak in a Georgia meal (perhaps CFS!) and sight-see a little. I know that I have to plan this layover tightly! I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to review much of anything. (It was a 5 hr layover until airline changed the itinerary)

                                  Also, I've found ocean front Condos that are cheaper than hotel rooms around West Palm Beach (starting at $300/wk). I'm not familiar with this area. We were stationed (Navy) in Jacksonville for 16 months, but we didn't get that far south.

                                  Does anyone have any input (including CFS locations) they could share for our budgeted plans?
                                  Thank you in advance!
                                   
                                    ces1948

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                                    RE: Chicken Fried Steak Mon, 02/27/06 11:02 AM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by Respect2Glory
                                    It came with with mashed potatoes and country greenbeans.

                                    Charlie


                                    What are country greenbeans? (first thought) (appealing thought)


                                    They are generally cooked with bacon or some sort of fat and they are cooked till they're very soft. I'm not real crazy about them but my wife is. Someone may have a better explanation then I do.

                                    Charlie
                                     
                                      Sundancer7

                                      RE: Chicken Fried Steak Mon, 02/27/06 11:21 AM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by ces1948

                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by Respect2Glory
                                      It came with with mashed potatoes and country greenbeans.

                                      Charlie


                                      What are country greenbeans? (first thought) (appealing thought)


                                      They are generally cooked with bacon or some sort of fat and they are cooked till they're very soft. I'm not real crazy about them but my wife is. Someone may have a better explanation then I do.

                                      Charlie


                                      Actually that is the only way our family has ever cooked them. Sometimes we add a onion and perhaps a small amount of garlic, salt and pepper. Always bacon or ham. Sometimes we add a small amount of sugar.

                                      I have had green beans at other restaurants that were steamed lightly. They are edible for me but since I was sorta raised on "country" green beans, they remain my favorite.

                                      Paul E. Smith
                                      Knoxville, TN
                                       
                                        seeker_n

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                                        RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 04/16/06 2:52 PM (permalink)
                                        I have never heard them called Country Green Beans, but my mother made green beans that were hard to look at, but everyone (even the kids that didn't like green veggies) loved. I make them now and get the same response. I'm glad to share the recipe with you.

                                        Cut up bacon ends and pieces into small pieces and fry until very crisp in a large skillet (cast iron is great, but not necessary) when the bacon is almost done add chopped onions and saute until clear. I have not indicated amounts because that is up to your own taste. I personally like a substantial amount of bacon because the bacon fat is the primary seasoning in this recipe.
                                        When the onions are done, pour in a can of blue lake cut green beans. (water and all) Then season generously with lemon pepper. If you like, you can also add some sliced mushrooms. Simmer, stirring ocasionally, until the liquid is gone and the beans are shriveled. Serve and enjoy...

                                        Regarding CFS, I am really surprised that no one mentioned the CFS that TGI Friday's used to serve. IMHO it was the best I have ever had. I do, however, agree that Chili's serves a better than average CFS. Rain Forest Cafe also serves a good CFS.

                                        Hope you all enjoy the Green Beans and maybe if everyone sends e-mail to TGIF they will bring back their CFS.
                                         
                                          roossy90

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                                          RE: Chicken Fried Steak Mon, 04/17/06 2:22 PM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by Respect2Glory

                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by ces1948

                                          We went to the Alabama Grill in Sevierville today and had the CFS recommended above. It was very good and is touted on the menu as something like the "Texas one pounder". It was as big as a frisbee and though $14.99 is a little pricey we each brought over 1/2 of it home for another meal maybe two so that works out fairly cheap. It came with with mashed potatoes and country greenbeans.

                                          Charlie


                                          What are country greenbeans? (first thought) (appealing thought)

                                          Ok, now the way I make them is boiled, with ham hocks, quartered onions, and red new potatoes.
                                           
                                            curried bluebonnet

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                                            RE: Chicken Fried Steak Wed, 04/19/06 10:48 PM (permalink)
                                            I don't know how country these are, but we like our fresh green beans this way: Sauteed in a bit of olive oil/butter mixture with diced shallots and fresh garlic, sometimes a bit of bacon or proscuitto--hooey--country good enough here!
                                             
                                              TJ Jackson

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                                              RE: Chicken Fried Steak Thu, 04/20/06 8:34 AM (permalink)
                                              why exactly is this thread in the News forum,again?

                                              :-)
                                               
                                                V960

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                                                RE: Chicken Fried Steak Thu, 04/20/06 11:24 AM (permalink)
                                                In NC it is country style steak vs chicken fried steak. CSS is fried and then simmered in gravy for at least an hour (longer is better, oven or stove top) CFS is fried and served w/ sawmill gravy poured on top just before service.
                                                 
                                                  Bob in Cary

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                                                  RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sat, 04/22/06 3:51 PM (permalink)
                                                  quote:
                                                  Originally posted by V960

                                                  In NC it is country style steak vs chicken fried steak. CSS is fried and then simmered in gravy for at least an hour (longer is better, oven or stove top) CFS is fried and served w/ sawmill gravy poured on top just before service.


                                                  Same in this part of the state. My dad made country style steak in a pressure cooker. The Chili's here calls chicken fried steak country fried steak. I guess they don't want to confuse people.

                                                  The best CFS I've had came from a little place in Tomball, Texas. Goodson's looks like it is still in business 30 years later so it must still be good. I'll find out next month.
                                                   
                                                    roossy90

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                                                    RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sun, 04/23/06 2:39 PM (permalink)
                                                    quote:
                                                    Originally posted by TJ Jackson

                                                    why exactly is this thread in the News forum,again?

                                                    :-)

                                                    I dunno
                                                     
                                                      shari2

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                                                      RE: Chicken Fried Steak Tue, 04/25/06 11:06 PM (permalink)
                                                      Great new place in Seaside, Oregon called McKeown's has a huge Chicken fried steak and egg breakfast with home fried red potatoes and sausage gravy...they sell their own seasoning which has garlic,salt & pepper in it and I assume this is in the breading.
                                                       
                                                        killendo

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                                                        RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sat, 06/3/06 3:44 PM (permalink)
                                                        For the best Chicken Fried Steak you've ever eaten; get a couple of 6 oz filet mignon steaks and roll out as much as you can then pound with a mallet till 1/4" thick. Cook with your favorite CFS recipe and serve with homemade beans, potatos and gravy. A little expensive for everyday eating, but once you try it you'll do it again.
                                                         
                                                          Michael Hoffman

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                                                          RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sat, 06/3/06 4:53 PM (permalink)
                                                          Consiering the fact that a filet mignon is virtually without flavor, it is not only a waste of money, it is a waste of time and effort to use it for chicken fried steak.
                                                           
                                                            Adjudicator

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                                                            RE: Chicken Fried Steak Sat, 06/3/06 5:55 PM (permalink)
                                                            Seconds, anyone?

                                                             
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