I didn't want to like it, but I kinda do. You'll get your weekly salt requirement in this one frozen meal by Banquet, though. But, too much ground black pepper here is welcome -- that I can easily handle.
I get this Deal of the Day, Banquet Chicken Fried Beef Steak Meal, at my local Ralphs for a buck apiece, with my grocery store card.
It's a schizoid meal, tasty sweet corn and so-so mashed potatoes; nice crust with a too-thin beef patty; and rich creamy milk gravy that's too salty.
Biting into this meal is like chewing on a salt lick. It satisfies the reptilian part of the brain's sodium craving. The fresh frozen corn is there to help balance this out. It's sweet and tender and is a highlight to this meal.
The potatoes are dull though - no texture, just a mushy tasteless carb, it's main function is to sop up the tasty cream gravy. Maybe a little veggie texture, with butter flavoring, would help?
The way too long ingredient list may put you off, but if you can look past it, it's not a bad meal.
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And it's always topped with cream gravy and there's plenty of it. The gravy here is over-salted, but flavorful. You'll dip the potatoes and battered steak in it, to get every last drop.
I wouldn't advise eating this too often, just because of the overdose of salt.
So, how does Banquet Chicken Fried Beef Steak Meal rate on my cheap$kate dining scale of 1-9, 9 being best? Well, I give this Deal of the Day a strong 7! There are problems, but I will probably be back for seconds, sometime.
If you are an ex-Southerner missing chicken fried steak, then try it out, but if you live in Texas and have access to the real thing, then this meal will have you crying foul!