Recipe courtesy of Mac & Ernie's Roadside Eatery

Fry-Fecta with Bacon Serrano Gravy

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 2 servings
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2 quarts peanut oil

2 pounds all-purpose flour 

2 tablespoons salt 

1 tablespoon ground black pepper 

1 teaspoon garlic powder 

1 teaspoon onion powder 

2 cups buttermilk 

Two 2-ounce filet mignons, flattened to 1/4-inch thickness 

2 semi-boneless quail, cut in half 

2 single-bone lamb chops, fat cap removed 

Bacon Serrano Gravy, recipe follows

Bacon Serrano Gravy:

1/2 pound bacon, chopped

Oil, as needed

1/4 cup all-purpose flour 

2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, finely diced 

3 cups milk 

1/2 cup beef stock 

1/2 cup heavy cream 

2 teaspoons salt 

1 teaspoon ground black pepper 

1/2 teaspoon sugar 


Special equipment:
a deep-frying thermometer
  1. Fit a heavy-bottomed pan like a Dutch oven with a deep-frying thermometer. Add peanut oil and heat to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder in a shallow baking dish.
  3. Pour the buttermilk in a separate bowl. Dredge the filet, the quail and the lamb in the flour. Remove from the flour, shaking off excess, and give the pieces a good swim in the buttermilk.
  4. Take out of the buttermilk and dredge again in the flour. Add quail carefully to hot oil. Let fry for 2 minutes, then add the lamb and the filet mignon. Cook until all is golden brown and delicious, about 4 more minutes. Serve with the Bacon Serrano Gravy.

Bacon Serrano Gravy:

Yield: 5 cups
  1. Cook bacon until crispy in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. If there isn't 1/4 cup bacon drippings in the pan, add oil to get to 1/4 cup. Heat oil over low heat, then add flour and cook, stirring quite often, to make a roux. (Don't answer the phone, don't start a new game on your phone. Watch the roux. It can burn quickly. Nobody likes burned roux.) Cook the roux until you have a color like milk chocolate; this can take awhile, at least 20 minutes. Add the reserved bacon and the serranos and cook for a couple of minutes more. Slowly whisk in the milk, beef stock and cream. Gently bring to a simmer, then cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Adjust seasoning if needed with salt, pepper and sugar. Set gravy aside and commence with the goodness.