Country Fried Steak Italiano

“How do you turn cheap round steak into a Sunday dinner the family will remember for a long time? Pound it tender, add a dollop of richly seasoned sauce bright with artichokes and sundried tomatoes, and melt flavorful cheeses on top of it. Don’t be afraid of the long instructions – its not difficult. The sauce can be made ahead if you reserve the artichokes until just before serving.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To prepare sauce: Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan. Saute onions until they start to pick up a bit of color.
  2. Reduce heat and add garlic, sautéing just a moment -- until the aroma begins to release.
  3. Add remaining sauce ingredients except artichokes and optional mushrooms. Bring to a boil.
  4. Simmer gently for 60-90 minutes, stirring occasionally or until flavors are well blended.
  5. Add artichokes (and optional mushrooms if desired), and simmer 5 minutes until well heated.
  6. Prepare spaghetti according to package directions.
  7. To prepare steaks: Cut into about 8 pieces. Pound pieces thin with the toothy side of the meat hammer. Heat oven to 400°F.
  8. Put 1/4 cup flour into a wide, shallow dish.
  9. Beat egg into milk in another shallow dish.
  10. Mix remaining flour with seasonings in another wide, shallow dish.
  11. Dip steak pieces into the plain flour, patting it into the dents. Dust off excess.
  12. Dip floured steak pieces into the egg-milk mixture.
  13. Bread the steaks with the seasoned flour.
  14. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Fry steaks in batches until breading is golden.
  15. Arrange steaks in a large baking pan or two smaller ones. Top each steak with a dollop of sauce.
  16. Mix asiago and mozzarella cheese together. Spread cheese mixture over the steaks.
  17. Put in the oven for 7-12 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.
  18. Serve on a bed of spaghetti with extra sauce available at the table. (If you like your pasta with a lot of sauce on it you might want to make an extra half a batch).
  19. I suggest that you complete the meal with a salad of mixed greens with a simple, vinaigrette dressing and a loaf of crusty bread.

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