I do miss having quiet mornings with family and friends over breakfast. The last time this has happened was about three months ago when my schedule was not as frenetic as now. I’ve never experienced having a very quiet Sunday morning ever since I joined the kitchen brigade. I have been working Sundays and holidays most of the time, probably since 2006, and I hardly had any weekend off for the last how many years now. I only realized lately how I missed having a weekend and have decided fall of last year to work as required and needed only. When I did finally have a more or less ‘regular’ weekend, I was with my friends in the suburbs every weekend thereafter drinking and enjoying myself. It really felt queer, but an off on a weekend was totally different from having an off on a weekday. The air, the atmosphere, even the entire aura of a slow Sunday afternoon was very gratifying within. I knew I missed ‘having a life’ while my friends were still in bed or having their morning coffee somewhere, and I toiled and sweat in extreme heat on a very busy holiday weekend. I’ve promised to enjoy the summer next year, and I am hoping to make it happen as well.
Anyway, when I had finally made this weekend opportunity happen, my friends and I decided to have breakfast at Denny’s. It was long time coming. We had planned these ages ago and somehow it had had to occur soon after despite several years of delay and waiting. I think there’s only one Denny’s here in Toronto and it’s located at the west end of the city where all my friends are located, and that I really find very strange. I ordered Denny’s famous Chicken Fried Steak for breakfast; no eggs, for personal reason, and modified my order with two sides instead. Honestly, I didn’t quite like it. The portion size was small. It was dry, and the gravy was insipid to bland, but I really didn’t expect much. I just wanted my bottomless, refillable coffee to wake me up after a night of drinking.
Actually, my friends have been urging me to move at their neck of the woods for a verylong time, but due to proximity of the downtown core from my apartment to work and everything else, I stayed in Toronto. I challenged them to find me work there though, and I would gladly move back or return to suburban lifestyle like how I started. So far, they haven’t been lucky in finding one.
I’ve always wanted to make Chicken Fried Steak. I really never knew what it was until I saw how it was made on TV and from then on, it has been on my list to make. When I saw a bargain tenderized Hip Steak at less than a Toonie each, I proceeded in making the recipe. I also had all ingredients at hand which really hardly occur. My pantry became almost complete due to blogging, I guess. And like I said beforehand, I really don’t have enough space in my fridge to pack it with more food stuff as much as I wanted to.
- 1-2 Pcs. Tenderized Hip Steak
- Flour, Beaten Eggs, & Panko Bread for Dredging
- Canola Oil for Pan-frying
- Salt & Ground Black Pepper
Before starting the dredging process, season the Hip Steaks, the flour and the egg wash with salt & pepper.
Pan-fry until golden & set aside.
- Olive Oil
- White Onions
- Compound Butter (Garlic, Onion Powder, Wine)
- White Wine
- Beef Stock
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Set the stovetop to low-medium and heat the Olive oil & compound butter.
Add the flour and make a roux. Mix in the chopped onions & continue stirring until the flour is completely cooked.
Pour the white wine and beef stock and stir constantly until the right consistency is achieved.
Spread evenly over the Chicken Fried Steak and garnish with Parsley.
I know Gravy & Rice are perfect match to any fried or pan-fried dishes. I think only Filipinos mix Gravy & Rice together much like Mayo to bread for North Americans. If you’re into that type of comfort, I reckon this recipe is for you.
Let the egg ooze into the meat & the rice and I’m sure the meal will feel like eating tapsilog.
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