Thursday, December 13, 2012

2 for 1! Fried Beef Tips turns Country Fried Steak!

FACT: I do the grocery shopping. Me. Mrs. Pete.

FACT: Mr. Pete will make an appearance at the local grocers from time to time; when he doesn't have the ingredients on hand to make something that he is concocting in his head at the very last minute, just before he turns the stove on.

Which leads me to the story. Just a couple days ago, we posted a blog for a delicious beef stew. Because we have a large family, and we are all big eaters, I purchase our meats in bulk. With that being said, I had some leftover beef stew meat in the refrigerator, and Mr. Pete began concocting again. Luckily this time, he needed very little ingredients and I had them all on hand.

I was at the back of the house washing clothes, while I thought Mr. Pete was watching TV in the living area. All of a sudden, I started hearing extremely loud banging noises coming from the front of the house. I thought for sure my kids were tearing up something. After running to the front to correct my children, I noticed it wasn't the kids at all. It was Mr. Pete! Here is what I found.

Mr. Pete was beating the beef stew meat with this meat hammer.
And so began his feat to discover another wonderful meal you can create with Mr. Pete's Seasoned Cajun Fish Fry!

Meal #1

4 lbs. beef stew meat (You will have leftovers! That's the purpose. You'll use them the 2nd night!)
1- 16 oz. bag of Mr. Pete's Seasoned Cajun Fish Fry (Get yours here.)
cooking oil
meat hammer
hard flat surface

Beat each piece of meat on a hard surface with a meat tenderizer until thin, approximately 1/8 inch thick. Soak the beef meat in water as they're awaiting their turn for a beating. Afterwards, return the meat to the water to soak their bruises.

One at a time, dip each piece of beef meat into Mr. Pete's Seasoned Cajun Fish Fry and coat thoroughly both sides.

In a platter, pour batter. Press batter firmly into both sides of meat.
Once you have battered several pieces of meat, place them in cooking oil heated to 350 degrees. You may have to repeat this step, as you don't want the battered pieces to touch one another in the grease bath. Mr. Pete uses peanut oil and deep fries his beef stew meat. You can use any type of oil you prefer in a deep fryer or in a pan on a stove top. Cook until golden brown. Remove meat from oil and place on absorbent paper towels.

Results: Yummy, Golden Brown, Crispy Fried Beef Tips!
Serve them up with your favorite veggies or french fries for your whole family to enjoy!

Easy Right? Well, the second night was just as easy, and even more delicious!

Meal #2

Leftover Fried Beef Tips
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup flour
3 cups milk
2 tblsp. Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning (Get yours here.)
salt to taste

Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning definitely gives this creamy gravy the kick it's been waiting for!

Gravy Directions:
In a sauce pot, heat oil to 350 degrees. Sprinkle flour into heated oil while whisking. Combine completely. Continue stirring and cooking until you achieve a light brown roux.

Add about a cup of milk and stir, keeping your heat setting at medium to high heat. Add 1 tbspn. Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning and stir. Allow mixture to simmer. Be careful during this stage of the process to avoid sticking and seizing. Be ready with the remaining milk.

Add 1/2 cup milk in intervals as the gravy thickens. Add the remaining Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning and salt to taste. Once the gravy has thickened, remove from fire.

Note the gravy beginning to settle on whisk. That's when you can tell that your gravy is just about done.

While you are preparing the gravy, heat oven to 250 degrees. In a baking pan, place your leftover fried beef tips into oven for 15-20 minutes.

Spoon gravy over beef tips. Serve with mashed potatoes and a lovely green side for more fantastic results! Voila'!

Fried Beef Tips turned Country Fried Steak with warm while gravy!
There you have it! You can enoy two meals in one with little time involved! So next time you hear loud obnoxious noises coming from the kitchen, you may want to think twice about blaming the kids. Instead, Mr. Pete may just be to blame!
~Mrs. Pete

1 comment:

  1. OMG, Mr Pete's in country gravy...........holy crap. I am on it. And Mr. Pete, stop beatin' your meat so loud man!