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Country-Fried Steak with Green Beans and Rice

We've figured out how to whip up an indulgent Southern menu during the workweek. Just follow our four-step plan for down-home delights.

  • prep: 35 mins
    total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 4
Photography: José Manuel Picayo Rivera

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 minute steaks (each about 2 ounces and 1/4 inch thick)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3/4 pound green beans, trimmed

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Cook rice according to package instructions; cover, and set aside. In a wide, shallow bowl, beat eggs; in another, combine 1 cup flour with paprika. Season eggs, flour mixture, and steaks with salt and pepper. Dredge each steak in flour, then dip in egg; allow excess to drip off, then dredge in flour again.

  2. Step 2

    In a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium-high. Cook steaks in skillet until crust is golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet, and place in oven to keep warm.

  3. Step 3

    Pour off all but 1 tablespoon oil from skillet. Add remaining teaspoon flour; cook, whisking until golden, about 30 seconds. Gradually add milk while whisking; raise heat to high, and boil until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Season gravy with salt and pepper. Cover, and set aside.

  4. Step 4

    In a medium skillet, heat remaining teaspoon oil over medium-high. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add green beans and 1/3 cup water; cover, and cook until green beans are bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Uncover; continue to cook until green beans are crisp-tender and onion begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes more. Reheat gravy, thinning with milk if necessary. Serve steak with green beans, rice, and gravy.

Source
Everyday Food, October 2007

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Reviews (19)

  • 5 Jun, 2010

    Martha and her many helpers, Thank you for all the great recipes. This one like almost all your recipes was GREAT. But, I will try Granniebexars way (not as healthy, but still sounds good. Again, thank you Martha for all the years of wonderful -GOOD THINGS

  • 3 Jan, 2009

    I tried this not knowing what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised! Dipping the steak in the flour first, then the egg and back in the flower really holds it to the meat. I can't wait to make this again.

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    I followed the recipe exactly and it worked out perfect. I don't usually make gravy like a cream sauce but it was good! Making rice was one step less than mashing potatoes and at 6:30 p.m. eating sooner than later was the goal.

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    The rest of my comment...keep rice hot in double boiler and cook green beans while cooking steak. If you want a real Southern meal, make MASHED POTATOES with just butter - no milk and fry the steak in bacon drippings.Also home made or Pillsbury frozen biscuits to "sop" the gravy (have never put gravy over potatos in all my 66 years)...try it this way...it's whisker lickin' good!!! Also use round steak.

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    Was raised on this meal, with mashed potatoes instead of rice, and gravy browned well and made with water. the flavor is so much better with water. Now I like to use brown rice, it's healthier

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    i have made cks all my life...it is easy once you get used to it. it is one of my family's favorite meals. i do like to make whipped potatoes with my cfs. portion control is the cue for ww. also, maybe once in a blue moon. drain the cfs well with papertowels. only one side. the top should be crispy. these are just my tilps...i am sure that martha has many more than me. i enjoy her site and ideas and recipes so very much!

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    i have made cks all my life...it is easy once you get used to it. it is one of my family's favorite meals. i do like to make whipped potatoes with my cfs. portion control is the cue for ww. also, maybe once in a blue moon. drain the cfs well with papertowels. only one side. the top should be crispy. these are just my tilps...i am sure that martha has many more than me. i enjoy her site and ideas and recipes so very much!

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    a minute steak is a cut of steak that has been pounded so thin it takes only minutes to cook. some people like this steak to make cfs. i like to use round steak. cut all the fat off and take the steak and cut against the grain into serving size pieces.

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    if you take the steak...that has been fried and put in to be warmed...it might get soggy. i let it set to the side and allow the hot gravy to warm up the crispy crust on the steak. the beans sound great. why not...make the beans and then make the gravy? set the grease aside and when the beans are done...warm the grease back up and make the gravy? then, the gravy is really hot for the steak, rice and the little bit that drips on the beans. :-)

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    if you take the steak...that has been fried and put in to be warmed...it might get soggy. i let it set to the side and allow the hot gravy to warm up the crispy crust on the steak. the beans sound great. why not...make the beans and then make the gravy? set the grease aside and when the beans are done...warm the grease back up and make the gravy? then, the gravy is really hot for the steak, rice and the little bit that drips on the beans. :-)

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    if you take the steak...that has been fried and put in to be warmed...it might get soggy. i let it set to the side and allow the hot gravy to warm up the crispy crust on the steak. the beans sound great. why not...make the beans and then make the gravy? set the grease aside and when the beans are done...warm the grease back up and make the gravy? then, the gravy is really hot for the steak, rice and the little bit that drips on the beans. :-)

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    if you take the steak...that has been fried and put in to be warmed...it might get soggy. i let it set to the side and allow the hot gravy to warm up the crispy crust on the steak. the beans sound great. why not...make the beans and then make the gravy? set the grease aside and when the beans are done...warm the grease back up and make the gravy? then, the gravy is really hot for the steak, rice and the little bit that drips on the beans. :-)

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    if you take the steak...that has been fried and put in to be warmed...it might get soggy. i let it set to the side and allow the hot gravy to warm up the crispy crust on the steak. the beans sound great. why not...make the beans and then make the gravy? set the grease aside and when the beans are done...warm the grease back up and make the gravy? then, the gravy is really hot for the steak, rice and the little bit that drips on the beans. :-)

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    Kahlulahoop, you can use a turkey or chicken breast, slice horizontally, not quite all the way through the breast to butterfly it, and gently pound the breast with a mallet between two pieces of waxed paper or in a zip bag. Continue to use the recipe as described. It turns out beautifully. I add a little sage to the flour as well to give it that "Thanksgiving" flavor.

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    Kahlulahoop, you can use a turkey or chicken breast, slice horizontally, not quite all the way through the breast to butterfly it, and gently pound the breast with a mallet between two pieces of waxed paper or in a zip bag. Continue to use the recipe as described. It turns out beautifully. I add a little sage to the flour as well to give it that "Thanksgiving" flavor.

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    Minute steak is a thin cut of red meat that can be prepared in a very short period of time.

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    I've always used cube steaks for this. Takes longer than 2 minutes per side, but still comes out really good!

    New way to cook beans, to me, though. Gonna have to try it!

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    would appreciate a variation featuring a turkey or chicken cutlet.

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    what is a "minute steak"?