This Southern diner staple transforms a budget cut of meat into a tender and flavorful dinner. Slices of beef round are pounded thin, coated in seasoned flour, and pan-fried until crispy, then served with an easy, creamy country gravy made with butter, milk, and flour that’s whisked together with a little cayenne and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Add some mashed red potatoes or buttermilk biscuits on the side for sopping up any runaway gravy on your plate.
What to buy: The round cuts of beef are located on the hind leg of the cow. They tend to be tougher in texture, so look for the top round, sometimes called a London broil, which is the most tender of these cuts.
Special equipment: You’ll need a meat mallet with a studded side for this recipe.
For the steak: