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Chicken Fried Steak

This is the Little Bighorn River in Montana.  It looks rather lazy in this picture but it was quite wide and had a good current.  It was so beautiful with all the hoar frost.

 According to The Dictionary of American Food and Drink by John Mariani, the term "chicken-fried steak" first appeared in print in the year 1952. It has long been a favorite dish in the South, Midwest, and Southwest United States.

I am now in Malta, Montana.  I am hitting all the hot spots!  Tonight's dinner was at The Great Northern Steakhouse or GN Steakhouse, for short.  This was undoubtedly named after the Great Northern Railway which was opened in 1890 in this area.  I am only a couple of hours from the border now.

I had my first Chicken Fried Steak tonight.  Stupid me, I didn't read the menu and thought it would be chicken!  Needless to say my first bite was a bit of a surprise.  But it was good.  Nicely prepared and served with milk gravy and a choice of potato. 

Chicken-fried or country-fried steak is usually made with round steak, tenderized then dipped in an egg and milk mixture, then dredged in seasoned flour or bread crumbs. The coated steak is then fried in hot fat until the coating is crispy and browned, much like fried chicken. A milk gravy is often made to be served with the steak, along with mashed potatoes.    

It was a very lonely drive, just like New Mexico, but with snow!  This vulture was feasting on a roadkill deer.  His buddies flew away but he stayed near his dinner.

9 comments:

  1. Mmmmm...chicken fried steak with milk gravy!

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  2. I love chicken fried steak... I'll share my recipe for it when you get back home... Montana looks wonderful through your lens!!

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  3. Sarah, You really get around....That is so awesome! I am really envious.

    Chicken Fried Steak is an American classic comfort dish. I am really glad you enjoyed it.

    P.S.. I am putting together your foodie box.

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  4. You are a brave soul!! Happy trails to you..that first photo is just sublime.

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  5. I only recently figured out what "chicken fried steak" means so you're not alone.

    Hope your trip is going well. It's been interesting to hear all about your travel.

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  6. This is a beautiful set of pictures! Hope your trip has been going well, and Miss Sugar is not too tired of the car.

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  7. How incredibly beautiful! I love it when my blogging friends share their world and their life with me beyond simply food. Thanks for sharing some winter beauty! Roz

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  8. Miss Sugar has been a trooper. She hides every morning, even if it is behind the bedspread with her tail hanging out.

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