Steak Fingers and Gravy – Recreating Dairy Queen’s Classic Basket Meal

Is there a more iconic fast food meal than the steak finger basket from Dairy Queen? I have to admit, I’m absolutely obsessed with it. But what if I told you that you can recreate this mouthwatering dish at home, so you don’t have to make a drive-thru run every time you crave those golden brown, crispy steak fingers dipped in creamy gravy? Let’s dive into the deliciousness and learn how to make our own steak fingers that rival the ones from Dairy Queen.

Love at First Bite

The star of the show is the steak itself. We’ll be using tenderized Certified Angus round steak, which you can get from your local butcher or tenderize yourself. However, if you want to impress your family, consider using a high-quality NY Strip steak and tenderize it to perfection.

Make sure your tenderized round steak is smooth and free from gristle. Avoid any large white lines that might make the steak tough. Thinly slice each steak finger, ensuring there’s about an ounce and a half of meat in each piece.

Adding Flavor, One Ingredient at a Time

Now let’s talk about the dry ingredients. To enhance the flavor of our steak fingers, we’ll incorporate Red River Ranch Original Seasoning. It’s the secret ingredient that will take these steak fingers to new heights of deliciousness. Don’t be shy with the seasoning!

Before we begin frying, preheat your deep fryer or any frying apparatus you have on hand. Today, we’ll be doing a shallow fry, so go easy on the oil and set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Prepare the wet ingredients and create an assembly line to streamline the frying process. It’s time to get these babies sizzling!

Steak Fingers

The Perfect Crust

Did you know that I beat Bobby Flay in a chicken fried steak throwdown? And do you want to know my secret? Double baptizing the meat. It’s the technique that gives the meat that unbeatable crust.

Coat the meat with the dry ingredients, then use tongs to dip it into the wet ingredients, followed by another round of coating it with the dry mixture. Repeat this process twice to achieve the perfect crust. Afterward, place the steak fingers on a wire rack.

Allow the battered steak fingers to rest on the wire rack for a moment before frying. This will help the batter adhere better to the steak.

Fry the steak fingers until they turn a beautiful golden brown color. Keep an eye on the temperature of the oil, ensuring it stays steady at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The battered steak fingers will cool down the oil slightly, so wait for it to heat up again before adding more, ensuring even frying and a crispy, golden finish.

The Creamy Gravy Finish

Now let’s move on to the creamy gravy that will accompany our steak fingers. Making gravy might seem intimidating, but trust me, it’s easier than you think. Plus, there’s no strict recipe to follow, so it’s hard to go wrong.

Impress your loved ones by using heavy cream instead of milk for a rich and indulgent gravy. It’s the perfect touch for a special occasion.

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When it comes to making the gravy, my go-to tool is the XO Spatula. This ingenious spatula has holes that help you mash out any lumps, resulting in the smoothest and creamiest gravy you’ve ever tasted. When adding the flour to make the roux, make sure to continuously mash and stir to prevent it from burning.

Add the milk and let the mixture simmer until it thickens to your desired consistency. From here, it’s smooth sailing, or rather, smooth gravy.

Bringing It All Together

Although these homemade steak fingers are incredible, I still enjoy getting the iconic DQ basket when I’m out and about. There’s just something about that classic drive-up experience. But now, armed with this recipe, you can recreate the magic in your very own kitchen.

Don’t forget to check out the video for more tips and tricks on how to prepare this delicious drive-up classic. And remember, if you ever find yourself craving those crispy steak fingers and creamy gravy, you don’t have to reach for your car keys. Just head to your kitchen and get cooking!

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