As I help customers fill out his/her processing form for our grass fed beef, a very common question arises: “What are cutlets and what do you do with them?” Cutlets are thin-cuts of meat usually taken from the leg section. The processing plant tenderizes them. The cuts are about the size of the palm of my hand, if not a tad larger.
I like to use cutlets to make a version of a Southern favorite, chicken-fried steak. Since many people choose to purchase grass fed beef for healthy diet reasons, many customers eat few grains, if any. Diets like the Paleo Diet, GAPS, and/or Specific Carbohydrate Diet rely on grass fed meats, but no grains. Therefore, here is a delicious grain-free version of chicken-fried steak with gravy.
Since I cook for a small army daily and most people do not, I am cutting back my recipe to make it more standard. This recipe is written for 4 servings.
Breaded Beef Cutlets
1 pkg grass fed beef cutlets
1 clove garlic
1 cup blanched almond flour
salt and pepper to taste
Thaw out the cutlets and place in a plastic zip-closed bag. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and stir in one pressed garlic clove. Pour over the cutlets, seal bag, and refrigerate for six hours or overnight. This step allows the garlic to infuse the beef as well as let the eggs completely coat the cutlets.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking dish with olive oil. In a shallow dish like a pie plate, combine the almond flour with the seasonings. Dredge each cutlet in the flour mixture making sure that it is completely covered with the breading.
Place each breaded cutlet on the greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until done.
1 cup of broth (beef, chicken, pork)
1/2 white onion
Before you start breading the cutlets, bring broth and onion to a gentle boil. Allow it to cook just above a simmer. When the cutlets are almost done, puree the onion with a handheld blender. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. The onion thickens the broth nicely without need for any flour. Serve on top of breaded cutlet.
I hope you enjoy this much healthier version of chicken-fried steak with grass fed cutlets. It is a grain-free recipe that is sure to make your family happy.