If I had to describe my cooking style in 2 words I would say Accidentally Delicious. I grew up in the South, so I have a love for food. Some of the Best foods come from the South, but living on the West coast for the past 14 years has added a little charm to my pot. You haven't lived till you have tried one of my double fried chicken sandwiches smothered in an avocado sauce and loaded with fresh garden fixings and sprouts. Did I mention it's not really fried and it's crammed into a homemade sourdough hoagie roll????
Most days I take a poll with the Fam and then grab whatever protein won. A quick look in the veggie bins, garden tubs and Pantry rounds out the meal. I then see a vision....I have a feeling, a hankering.
I always start with the Holy of all Holies..... GARLIC! I feel Garlic can go in ANYTHING!!!! I draw the line at cereal and homemade poptarts. But, besides that I honestly feel it just works. My next foodie favorite of all is the pungent onion. Yes, not as Wham Bam as Garlic, but it definitely adds a presence to any meal. And of course salt and pepper, the seasoning not the music group.
My other can't live withouts in the seasoning cabinet...like I would never be able to cook without them!
Fresh Chives and Cilantro are also a daily must!
Of course there are plenty of others, these are just ones that I use day in and day out.
So, the meal up above started out to be one thing and then turned into this and since then has become one of our Family's favorites. I had bought cubed steak to make country fried steak for dinner one evening. When we got home I realized I forgot the milk....you have to have milk. Darn! Well, it's all out on the counter, so we are having something tonight...now we have this more then the country fried steak. :)
frozen Green Beans
1/2 cup of water or beef broth
1 tbsp of flour
1/2 stick of butter
Seasonings on the meat that I used- (approximate measures)
Paprika 1/2 t
Sea Salt 1/2 t
Pepper 1/2 t
Cayenne 1/4 t
Garlic Powder 1 t
I sliced the cubed steak into strips, placed them in a bowl and sprinkled the seasonings on. I never measure, which is why I NEVER share recipes. I promise to get better at this!! What I always do to check my seasonings when I make a new dish is I prepare a tester piece. So, for this meal I would cut one of the strips in half and cook them up first. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. I EYEBALL everything, I know how much I need of a seasoning in my hand to give my dish the flavor I want. Next time I will measure, but first I need to find the measuring cups.....now where did I put them.....hmmmmm?
-Okay, after you eat your tester piece adjust your seasonings if you need to. :) -Then add your flour to the bowl of meat. - Next you need to add the butter to your pan to melt. Once it sizzles toss in all your floured, seasoned meat. Spread it out and make sure your pan is on a low high/high med heat.
-Next you need to slice your onions and optional mushrooms if you want. I use frozen usually with this because it's too easy.
-After 2 minutes or so on one side stir the meat and add the onions. Stir occasional because you want the meat to brown evenly. As you stir and a little bit of water or beef broth. That along with the butter, meat juice and flour will make you a nice little gravy. If you see little clumps of flour, just whisk them out with your spoon or spatula. -Once you see that the majority of the meat is cooked and the frozen beans and put on med/low heat until beans are tender. Add a little water or broth throughout if needed until you get a nice sauce/gravy going.
The whole meal takes about 20 minutes, super fast and way delicious. We serve it over rice most of the time, but have ate it with yummy mashed potatoes too.
Enjoy, let me know if you try it with your Family! :)