Alternate title: heart attack on a plate

Yesterday was The BF’s birthday. Typically, he brings it up around, oh, June first and reminds me at least once a day. This year, the poor guy has been stretched so incredibly thin that he actually forgot about his own birthday.

I had to remind him earlier this week. He was so surprised that he stopped talking for a whole thirty seconds (unheard of) and then said, “So…wait… On top of all of this other stuff, it’s my birthday? Well how do you like that…”

I wasn’t sure if he would be home early enough for dinner, but I decided to go ahead and make something special for him just in case. He’s a meat and taters guy through and through, so I settled on chicken fried (or country fried) steaks, gravy, mashed potatoes,  corn, and 7 Up biscuits.

These are the easiest, man pleasin’-est things in the world to make. Here’s what you need:

Chicken fried steaks and gravy

4 cubed steaks

2 eggs, beaten

Canola oil

About 2 cups of flour

Salt

Pepper

Garlic

Cayenne pepper

About 2 tablespoons flour

About 2 cups milk

Salt and pepper

Heat about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of oil in a pan over medium. Mix flour and spices in a shallow dish and pour egg into a seperate dish. Press each steak into flour, then egg (let excess run off), then in the flour again. When the oil is hot, fry steaks until crispy and browned (about 5 minutes each side). Transfer to a cookie sheet and keep warm in a 300 degree oven.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons (or more, if you need it) of flour over the remaining oil and crispy bits in the pan. Stir and let cook for a minute or so, just to take the floury taste away. Add milk and whisk, whisk, whisk to eliminate flour lumps. I like to let it come to a bubble, then turn the heat to medium-low until the gravy thickens to your liking. Stir frequently.

When the gravy has thickened, serve the steaks covered in gravy with mashed potatoes and MORE gravy on the side.

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The BF’s gravy sense (like spidey sense but with, you know, gravy) must have been tingling, because he got home early enough to hang out with O while I made dinner.

Once we had our fill of gravy, gravy, and maybe some more gravy, we had some cake and I gave The BF his gift.

Then we all fell into a gravy and sugar coma for the rest of the evening.

Gravy.

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Left: The inside says, "They're the brown ones." Right: Chocolate fudge cake with buttercream, cocoa buttercream, and brown...er...chocolate sprinkles.

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