Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Just okay

New England Steak Milanese
Cooking Healthy Across America Copyright 2005

½ cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
6 4-ounce cube steaks
Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups hot prepared marinara sauce

In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs and the cheese; set aside. In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon water.

Lightly season the steaks with pepper (if you wish). Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan.

Dip the steaks into the eggs and then into the bread crumb mixture, dredging through the crumbs well. Fry in hot oil over medium heat about 4 minutes on both sides or until cooked through. Serve hot with ½ cup marinara sauce poured over each steak.

This is a simple recipe and sometimes a simple recipe is surprisingly good, more than the sum of it's parts. This wasn't one of those recipes. It certainly wasn't bad but it was just cube steak, breading and sauce. There wasn't anything special about it.

Is this a common dish in New England? I wonder.

I did all of my cooking on the weekend again this week. I decided that it's worth the time and effort it takes on the weekend since it makes a HUGE difference in my weekdays. Less stress, less cooking time, less clean up. My husband has been home earlier so he can feed the baby while I heat up dinner and I empty and start refilling the dishwasher. It's nice to finally have some breathing room. I'm back to working out during the week regularly.

Question of the Day: Is the area where you live known for any special dishes? I can't think of anything particularly special. Chicken Corn Soup is popular in this area. Stuffed pig stomach is often advertised as a special in local restaurants but I don't know how popular it really is.


kd said...

I've lived in a couple of places:
Lakeland/Plant City, FL: Publix bakery and strawberries
St. Augustine, FL: Datil Shrimp
North Carolina: BBQ (whatever style you want)
Louisville, KY: KY Hot Browns and Bourbon!

Heather said...

Ha - I'm having chicken corn soup for lunch as I read this.

Well, I live in New England and I can't say I've had today's recipe, but maybe it's a different part of New England. (Or, I might just be totally oblivious which is perfectly possible.) Around here I'd say a lot of Italian food due to large Italian-American population, and "grinders" which are what we call a hero/sub sandwich.

Anonymous said...

Being a Texan,I guess you would say it's barbecue and Mexican food. What is stuffed pig stomach?


The Cookbook Junkie said...

Hog Maw is a pig's stomach stuffed with potatoes and sausage (sort of a cruel joke to stuff a pig's stomach with sausage I suppose). I think I'd like it but I can't get over eating pig's stomach, although I've eaten sausage made with casing made from intenstine,right?

I've never actually seen or smelled it or I might change my mind (or not).

Wanda said...

This really looks good to me. We have the ingredients (more or less - Ital. crumbs and I'd have to make my own half-assed marinara sauce) and I may try it this week.
Regional food in our area of South Texas...grilled fajitas were common here before they made it to the rest of the country, I think. Also our own Tex-Mex Mexican food...and breakfast tacos of all kinds.

Wanda said...

And speaking of pig's stomach *shudder*, menudo (stew with cow's stomach) is popular here, too. Also homemade tamales.

Anonymous said...

We are a hop skip and a jump away from San Francisco so sourdough bread and dungeness crab might be considered regional here.

Heather said...

Came back to read comments and just now realized the name of the recipe is MILANESE - well if that's the case then I guess it could well be from New England since it's Italian...

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