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Triangle Apple Pie

Subject: Recipes
From: Jill
Date: 2/25/2019 9:13 AM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com

On 2/24/2019 7:17 PM, Jill wrote:

I would like to know would you please share the recipes of the Chik Steak sandwich 
and Apple pie from Triangle Restaurant in Meridian Ms? Thank You Very Much! GOD Bless 
You and Your Family and Business! We really need those that are left in their families 
back then to bring back those great memories we could turn a section of town into the 
oldies and call it after the group Remember When in Meridian Ms. Would be Awesome that 
would bring jobs to Meridian!

Hi Jill,

Sorry, I had no success with new results for these. I did a thorough search for the Triangle Restaurant's "Chick Steak" in 2013. See: 11-14-2013

There are a few recipes in that post, but none is authenticated as the real Triangle recipe.

From what I can gather, it appears that "Chick Steak" was short for "Chicken-Fried Steak." There are recipes on the web for chicken-fried steak sandwiches, but most of them call for round steak. The consensus regarding the Triangle's "Chick Steak" is that they used veal. The key, or perhaps "the sticking point" lies in the seasoning and batter. It appears that they did not use the usual seasoning and batter called for in chicken-fried steak recipes. One poster said they used "potato flour." You might try that:

the key is "potato flour". dip pounded(lightly) veal, dip in milk then in the flour, back to the milk and once again in the potato flour. deep fry until golden brown, drain, put a piece of real American cheese on a fresh bun

As for the Triangle's apple pie, I cannot find any recipes or anything about it except that it was called "Dutch apple pie." There are many recipes on the web for "Dutch apple pie", but none claiming to taste like the Triangle's.

Phaed

Timm sent the below recipe. Using veal, this might be similar to "Chik Steak".

Subject: chicken Fried Steak
From: Tim
Date: 3/3/2019, 11:05 PM
To: Phaed

Allow me to offer the recipe I use for Chicken Fried Steak.††††††††† 

Timm in Oregon


Chicken Fried Steak

Ingredients:

2 pounds. 1/2 inch thick, petite sirloin beef cube steaks or veal cube steaks
Kosher salt to taste
1/2 cup Bobís Red Mill Finely Ground Potato Flour
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup all purpose flour or potato flour for gluten free
2 tablespoons corn meal
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt; if using table salt, use 1/2 teaspoon

For the Gravy:

Drippings from the steaks
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
Kosher salt to taste
Black pepper, freshly ground to taste

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to warming setting or 175F degrees if you do not have a warming 
setting on your oven. Place an oven safe plate or cookie sheet covered with two 
layers of paper towel to absorb extra grease.

Place the steaks on a double layer of paper towels and using a second double layer 
of paper towels, dry the steaks well. Press down on the steaks to remove as much 
water as is possible to remove. Sprinkle the steaks well with kosher salt and set 
aside.

Heat a heavy skillet on medium heat on the stove top with 1/4 inch of vegetable oil 
in the bottom of the pan. When the oil is glistening and pops and crackles when water 
is sprinkled in the pan, then it is ready for the steaks. While the oil is heating, 
set up the 3 dish breading station as described in next step.

Set up three dishes for a breading station making sure that the dishes are large enough 
to accommodate the pieces of steak plus the ingredients. For dish 1, place 1/2 cup of 
potato flour. For dish 2, mix the 2 large eggs and the 1/2 cup of whole milk together 
well. For the third dish, mix 1/2 cup of all purpose flour, corn meal, garlic powder, 
onion powder, paprika, parsley, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper.

When the oil is hot and ready, give the steaks a final pat with paper towels to remove 
and remaining water and then press the first steak firmly in the first breading of potato 
flour only, turn over and firmly press again. Immediately dip into the egg and milk 
mixture and then transfer to the seasoned flour mix; pat the flour onto the steak well.

Gently place the floured steak into the oil and it should sizzle actively; it should not 
be smoking or have a burning smell; if so, then the oil is too hot. If it is not sizzling 
actively then the oil is too cold. It is very important to have the oil at the right 
temperature.

Usually you can cook 2 steaks in a 9 inch pan together. Do not bread up more steaks than 
you can cook right now. Add the steaks as you get them breaded, one at a time, not all at 
once. If you add them all at once- the cooking oil will change temperature and it incorrect 
for cooking the steaks. Allow the steaks to cook about 3 minutes per side and then move to 
the oven to your plate waiting with paper towel on it. Continue with the remaining steaks 
until all are cooked and added to the oven; turn off the heat.

For the Gravy: In the pan that you cooked the steaks in, pour most of the grease off. Allow 
all of the little bits of steak to remain in the pan and about 2 tablespoons of the grease. 
Add 2 tablespoons of flour to the grease left in the pan and cook on the stove top over 
medium high heat for 1 to 2 minutes to make roux. Add the milk all at once while stirring; 
caution it will sizzle a little. Continue stirring the milk using a wooden spoon and scrape 
the flavorful bits from the bottom of the pan. As the gravy begins to boil turn the heat down 
to medium to medium low and keep stirring until thickened. Taste and season with salt and 
pepper until it tastes just right. Serve the chicken fried steak over mashed potatoes and top 
with the gravy.

Note: I select the steaks first and then have the butcher run them through the tenderizer.


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