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Please welcome our guest blogger Liz Lipperman!
It's great to be back with the Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen writers because I love this blog with all the great mystery writers and their recipes. Today I'm going to share one of my mother's recipes, and of course, there's a story behind it.
Bella’s Steak and Gravy
1 pound (3-4 pieces) top round steak
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
1 tablespoon cooking oil
4 beef bouillon cubes
2 teaspoons pepper
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Cut the meat into 3-4 single serving size pieces if it has not already been done. Trim all the fat. Sprinkle a little flour (approximately 1 tablespoon) on one side of the steak and pound it in with a tenderizing hammer, flattening the steak. Turn and repeat for the other side. (If you use a butcher, you can ask him to tenderize the steak for you. Then, you can simply rub a little flour on each side of the meat.)
Cover and transfer the Dutch oven to the preheated oven and cook for 1½ hours. After about 45 minutes, check the gravy for thickness: if it is too thick, add more water: if it is too thin, add a tablespoon of flour to 4 ounces of water and whisk until smooth before adding to the gravy. If the flour clumps, simply remove it with a louvered spoon. Taste it and see if it needs more pepper or bouillon cubes. If you are doubling the recipe, add one bouillon cube at a time after the initial four cubes and taste after each one. Serve with mashed potatoes.
Look for more great recipes from Annie Roth in MURDER FOR THE HALIBUT which will release in January. And watch for HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE (written as Lizbeth Lipperman,) the first book of A Dead Sister Talking mystery series coming from Midnight Ink in May.
Liz Lipperman started writing many years ago, even before she retired from the medical field. Wasting many years thinking she was a romance writer but always having to deal with the pesky villains who kept popping up in all her stories, she finally gave up and decided since she read mysteries and obviously wrote them, why fight it? Two years ago, she signed her first contract with
to write a cozy series writing as Liz Lipperman. Berkley
The first book of her Clueless Cook Mystery Series, LIVER LET DIE, debuted in October, 2011 with BEEF STOLEN-OFF releasing in July 2012. MURDER FOR THE HALIBUT is coming January 2013 and CHICKEN CACCHIA-KILLER in the fall of 2013. Look for HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE, a paranormal mystery series involving five sisters COMING next May from Midnight Ink and download MORTAL DECEPTION, a romantic mystery, now from Amazon. Both the mainstream mystery and the romantic mystery are written as Lizbeth Lipperman.