By Don Ray Williams
December 11, 2006
Boy would I like to have a Chicken Fried Steak.
That is one thing that Panamanians don’t make.
Smother it all over with some good cream gravy,
Just thinkin bout it’s drivin my taste buds crazy.
For me add some French Fried potatoes all nice and crisp,
That’s a eatin experience that’s just plain bliss.
Now if you don’t know of what I speak,
Then you never eaten a Chicken Fried Steak.
I don’t know why I woke up thinking about Chicken Fried steak this morning, but I did. Besides good Mexican food, this is one other thing that I really miss. Growing up on a farm in Oklahoma, you learn that one of the staples of life is chicken fried steak. My dad used to say that is what you needed it you were going to have to go climb on the tractor and plow the back forty. He would say “That is a meal that will stick to your ribs.” My mom would cook up a big batch of chicken fried steak add a big bowl of mashed potatoes and top it off with a gravy boat filled with cream gravy. Boy does that bring back memories.
I remember when we would go out driving on short trips on a weekend. That was before the big interstates. When we would start getting hungry, my dad would start looking for a truck stop that had its lot full. He always said that was the best way to pick where to eat. He said if the truckers chose it, it had to be good. I have no idea how many pounds of chicken fried steaks I have eaten in truck stops in Texas and Oklahoma, but I bet the cattle herd is short several head.
These memories were enough for me to spend a little time in the Internet seeing if I could find some good recipes. I picked three that look like they are worth trying.
The first site looks like the steaks my mom used to cook. It also has some nice photos to let you know what you are in for.
If your mouth doesn’t start watering by the time you finish the second site, then it is time for you to schedule your annual physical to see if you are still alive.
This is the third site.
I am hungry!