The WWF Cookbook is a treasure trove of crazy recipes from the Attitude Era, each of which is purportedly the creation of one of the wrestlers. In Wrestling With Food, Sydney is on a mission to try cooking all of them to see if any are actually edible.
You know, I realized that since starting this project, I’ve been switching between sweet and savory. Since we did the super sweet cookies of dear old departed Vis last week, some sort of entrée was due. I handed Tom the cookbook, and let him decide. After flipping through, he decided on The Hardy Boyz’ Chicken-Fried Steak.
I’m a firm believer that you can never have too much angioplasty, so I was game. Here are the notes from JR at the top, which are pretty great and not at all sexist:
“North Carolina natives Matt and Jeff Hardy lost their mom when they were boys, so these two highflyers learned to cook and sew as youngsters. This dish is in the meat eaters’ Hall of Fame, and ladies, it is indeed the way to a good old boy’s heart. Fellas, if your lady can make a main-event chicken-fried steak, you’re in luck. And if she can make cream gravy to drown it in, you might want to consider a long-term relationship!”
There you have it, folks. Women, get to learning to make this. Men, appreciate that they are doing it, but ONLY put a ring on it if she makes the gravy. Anyway, here we go!
For the steak:
¾ cup of flour.
¼ teaspoon paprika.
¼ teaspoon salt.
1 teaspoon seasoned salt, or to taste.
1 ½ (4 ½ inch) thick rib-eye steaks.
1 large egg, beaten.
¼ cup cooking oil.
For the gravy:
3 tablespoons drippings.
1 ¼ cup milk.
3 tablespoons flour.
1 teaspoon salt.
Dash of pepper, or to taste.