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Fried Steak with Port Gravy

Updated on September 23, 2012

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Country fried steak is a traditional southern food, and this recipe is a tweaking of the original dish. This one, however, includes port in the gravy. You can use cubed steak, round steak, or chuck steak for the beef, but cubed steak works best. If you choose to use round or chuck steak, you’ll need to pound it first with a meat mallet. The beef steaks should be about half an inch thick, or a little thinner. You can also use a beef roast for this recipe, but you’ll need to slice it into steaks first.

My fried steak with port gravy is really delicious. I like to serve it with rice or mashed potatoes so that we can take full advantage of the hearty gravy. If you’re a big fan of garlic, you might want to add some fresh crushed garlic to the gravy.

Holle’s Fried Steak with Port Gravy

What you’ll need:

2 pounds beef steaks

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon dried savory

½ teaspoon dried thyme

Flour

½ stick butter

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 cup beef broth

1/3 cup port

¼ cup sliced shallots

Directions: If you’re using chuck steak or round steak for this recipe, pound the meat first. If you’re using cubed steak and the pieces are large, cut them into individual serving size. Remove any visible fat from beef. Rinse the beef steaks under cool water and allow excess water to drip off. You want the steaks to be just a little damp so that the seasonings and flour will adhere to the meat better.

In a small bowl, combine salt, black pepper, garlic powder, savory, and thyme. Rub into meat, on both sides. Dredge seasoned steaks in flour and shake off extra flour.

In a very large skillet, melt butter. Pan should be cooking on just a notch above the medium setting. Brown steaks in butter on both sides. When steaks are brown, place on a paper towel-lined plate.

Add cornstarch to beef broth and stir until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Add to skillet and reduce heat to low. Add port and shallots. Cook until mixture just begins to thicken a little.

Return steaks to skillet. Cover and cook for about 45 minutes. If gravy isn’t thick enough, continue cooking for a few more minutes, uncovered. If gravy gets too thick, thin it with as little water.

If you have leftover steak and gravy, use it for sandwiches. It’s great served on crusty bread or rolls!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Sherri! Yes, the beef is very tender. Great to see ya!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I made the same mistake Jama did...reading this on an empty stomach! I love the idea of the port in the gravy and the gravy poured over a mound of mashed potatoes. I imagine the beef comes out tender enough to cut with a fork? Geeze, I want some now!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Eiddwen. Always glad to have you!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      HP, you don't like to eat??

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      This has to be bookmarked into my favourite recipe slot.

      It sounds delicious and I look forward to trying it out.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eiddwen.

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      H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It looks delicious and good for people who like to eat very much.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      random, you're more than welcome, my friend!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      That's great, Jama! Hope you like it!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      drbj, you always give me a smile with your comments. Many thanks!!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      clover, that would be awesome! We should cook together some day!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Tireless, you have smart sons! lol. Country fried steak or chicken fried steak is hard to beat!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This looks delicious! Thanks for another great recipe.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I should know NOT to read food hubs on an empty stomach! Now my tummy is growling because I *don't* have the makings of your YUMMY fried steak with gravy. But you can be sure they're at the top of tomorrow's grocery list! Thanks for sharing! ;D

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I took your advice, Holle, and "I love to cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food."

      -- from my tshirt of the same name

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Looks delicious, Habee! I think this would indeed be fabulous with some garlic mash.

      Cloverleaf

      Voted up

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      My sons, through California born and raised, love chicken fried steak. This looks wonderful

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Prasetio, we really like beef recipes, too, and steak is one of our faves!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      drbj, remember to take my advice: cook with the cheap wine and save the good stuff for drinking! lol

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      ktrapp, I LOVE chicken fried steak! But you're right - this is a little different.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love beef steak. You made me hungry, Habee. But thanks for share the recipe above. I can't wait to make this at home soon. Well done and vote up for you. Have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Great recipe, Holle. If I'm mot hungry enough to enjoy the steak, I can just manage the gravy. Heh, heh.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      That looks terrific. At first I thought this was going to be something like chicken fried steak, that I never even heard of until I went to college in TX, having grown up in the northeast. I wasn't a big fan of chicken fried steak, but this looks so good and like it would be so delicious on a cool night. Serving it with mashed potatoes makes it seem even that much better.