Southern Steak and Milk Gravy
This is one of my absolute favorite meals that my mother made growing up. Tender steak smothered in creamy and flavorful milk gravy, this dish is yet another bit of proof that simple food is often times the best!
My mother says the first time she remembered having this was when she was just a little girl. She was at her grandparent’s house and her grandfather asked her grandmother if he went and got some steak, would she make steak and gravy? Money was very scarce in those days and it was big news that her grandfather was going to get a special cut of meat for their meal!
He left and came back with a paper wrapped package of round steak. Back in the day they didn’t have cubed steak. My great grandmother opened the package and got a saucer out of the cabinet. My mother watched intently as Lela turned the saucer on its side and proceeded to give the meat a good and thorough beating to tenderize it. She then dipped both sides in flour and put it back on the counter where she beat it with the edge of the saucer again before finally cooking it just as I am going to do in this tutorial.
My mother said it was the most delicious thing she had ever tasted and from then on she knew exactly how to make steak and gravy.
I know my saucers are thankful that we can get cubed steak these days though…
You’ll need: Milk, salt, pepper, flour, and cube steak.
Pour just enough oil to coat the bottom of your skillet and heat over medium heat.
You always want to have your oil good and hot before you add anything to it, this keeps your food from getting “greasy” by actually searing it on contact.
Put about a cup of flour in a bowl. Add some salt…
and pepper. Stir that up.
Place a piece of cube steak in the flour and press down a bit to get it good and coated.
Turn it over and coat the other side…
Place in hot oil.
repeat with all pieces.
Brown on each side. Once done, remove steak to paper towel lined plate.
Oooh, see all that dark stuff in your pan? That is going to make the BEST gravy!! Add about 1/4 C of flour to this.
and 1/4 tsp pepper (feel free to add more to taste, but this is a great starting amount).
Add about 1/ tsp salt….again feel free to add more for your own taste.
Stir that up and continue cooking it on medium heat until the flour gets browned a bit, stirring the whole time. I usually do this for about three minutes or so.
Pour milk into skillet. Turn your heat down to the lowest setting. I start out with about a cup and a half and then add more if I want it thinner.
It will look like this to begin with.
I use a wire whisk to stir this because it really helps prevent lumps of flour and get it all good and mixed up. Cook on lowest heat until it thickens. If it gets too thick, you can add more milk. This will just take a few minutes so stir the entire time.
Put your steak back into the gravy…
Turn them over to coat and you’re done! Now you have two options. you can just take your steak pieces out and put the gravy in a bowl to be served with biscuits or mashed potatoes, or you can do it like my mother did and pour the steak and all into a big old bowl!
Southern Steak and Milk Gravy
- 4 Pieces Cubed Steak
- Place enough oil in a pan to just coat the bottom, put that on medium heat while you prepare your steak. In a bowl, place 1 C flour and add 1/4 tsp salt and 1/ 4 tsp pepper (more if you prefer). Stir that up. Dip each piece of steak into flour on both sides to get it coated well. Place each piece of steak in pan and cook until good and browned on both sides. Remove steak to a plate while you make your gravy.
- Place about 1/4 C flour into skillet with meat drippings. Add a little more salt and pepper and stir this over medium heat until the flour is slightly browned (just a few minutes). Slowly pour in 1 1/2 Cups of milk, stirring constantly. Continue stirring, with a wire whisk to help with lumps, over low heat until thickened and there are no lumps. This will happen rather quickly. Add a little more milk if you prefer thinner gravy. Return steak to the pan and turn to coat with gravy on both sides.
- Serve steak and gravy together in a bowl or serve gravy on the side to go with Mashed potatoes.