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View Poll Results: What is your favorite style of Texas cooking/food?
Southern/Soul/Country 14 25.93%
Tex-Mex 22 40.74%
BBQ 14 25.93%
Southwestern 2 3.70%
Other (specify) 2 3.70%
Voters: 54. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 08-01-2009, 07:42 PM
 
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Q: Is there a difference between country and chicken fried steak? And is one considered more authentically Southern?

John T. Edge replies: Country fried steak is, usually, battered and fried beef, smothered in gravy and simmered until solid crust and liquid gravy fuse. Itís a pan-Southern dish. Chicken fried steak is more specifically Texan. Itís pounded beef (oftentimes round), salted and peppered and battered and fried in a manner commonly ascribed to chicken. Itís almost always topped with or served alongside a puddle of creamy gravy.
You know..the difference between chicken fried steak and country fried steak has always been one of those irksome little quandaries that I passively wondered, but never dared to ask about for fear of sounding more stupid than I already tend to sound...lol..

But, thanks for clarifying that...very interesting little fact there
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I've mentioned this on these boards before, but repeating it again doesn't make it sound any less capricious now as it did then. My last home before moving back to Texas was Memphis. Even though the gastronomic offerings in Memphis were quite good, I still seriously moved back to Texas for food. I missed Whataburger, brisket and breakfast tacos like a madman.
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:07 PM
 
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I've mentioned this on these boards before, but repeating it again doesn't make it sound any less capricious now as it did then. My last home before moving back to Texas was Memphis. Even though the gastronomic offerings in Memphis were quite good, I still seriously moved back to Texas for food. I missed Whataburger, brisket and breakfast tacos like a madman.
I gotta say: After living in a couple of different states for extended periods, I can honestly say that no other state truly offers the variety of cuisine that Texas does.

NY offers a nice variety of delicatessen and other ethnic foods that I dont consider hearty nor good. Massachussetts has good seafood..Virginia and NC have good downhome cooking..and Missouri - well Missouri is just Missouri. But coming back to Texas makes me realize that not only does Texas have a wide variety of food...more importantly it has a wide variety of GOOD food.
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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I chose Tex-Mex. I can't get enough of it. But maybe I should have also checked Southwestern too? I love both and so does my family.

I can cook my own soul/southern food very well according to my family so when we go out it's always one of the above in my first sentence!

(I wasn't born in Texas but I call myself a Texan after nine years here and I like to say I'm a Texan that just happened to be born in Louisville KY )

No one can beat the German sausages here and the German food in Texas...yum!
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:16 PM
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And yeah, I gotta admit too, TK, I am partial to pork!
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Well my good Friend, it is obvious that you've been reading your Bible lately.

Like I said before, however, I've never turned down brisket in my life....really, really good stuff smothered in a vat of BBQ sauce. Texans should be dang proud to call brisket their cuisine!
And I gotta say in turn, ol' buddy, you native Oklahomans should be dang proud to call the below their official state meal:

Oklahoma State Meal

If this ain't Southern/Soul/Comfort, I don't know what is. This is family reunion and Sunday kitchen stuff I grew up on. I am jealous here...
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:24 PM
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You know..the difference between chicken fried steak and country fried steak has always been one of those irksome little quandaries that I passively wondered, but never dared to ask about for fear of sounding more stupid than I already tend to sound...lol..

But, thanks for clarifying that...very interesting little fact there
Well, don't sweat it, my friend, cos I still have problems with it myself.

I mean, what I make at home sounds more like "country fried" but I call it chicken fried...even though it isn't the same one finds in Texas cafes and all....

What I usually do is take cube-steak, season it....then flour it. Then buttermilk dip it and flour it again. Make an extra coating. After that, fry it in oil which contains a dollop of bacon grease. Cook until the outside is very browned. Gravy made from the leavings. And the crispies.

So that isn't CFS, but it isn't quite country fried either.

Oh well, who the hell knows and who cares though, really? It tastes good and I go to bed happy! LOL
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