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July 12, 2018



Fried dough stuffed with shaved steak and gooey American cheese is fried dough like you have never had. It takes a little bit of work but it's so worth it!

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I first published this post in August of 2013 and have been wanting to update the photos for the longest time. I FINALLY got around to it (better late than never)! One thing for sure, my family was glad I did, because they never pass up the opportunity to eat a fresh batch of Steak and Cheese Fried Dough. It is one of their favorite recipes on the blog. Make some, and you will see why!

Below is the original post with new images. It was the final post of a four-part series on fried dough.

If you like fried dough as much as I do, check out my Apple Pie Fried Dough, Banana Stuffed Fried Dough, Almond Joy Fried Dough, or Birthday Party Fried Dough.


Well, here it is my friends, the final recipe of fried dough month. I’m going to switch it up a bit and share a savory version with you—with steak and cheese! I know!! It’s so wrong that it’s so right!

I thought about doing another sweet fried dough. I thought about doing an egg fried dough, a copycat version of the one I saw on the Libya episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. I experimented with it and it turned out to be one oozy colossal mess. But when I thought about doing a steak and cheese fried dough, I dropped the other two ideas like hot potatoes.

Steak and Cheese Fried Dough

I knew it was a keeper when my daughter’s boyfriend declared that it is his new favorite. He suggested that I keep the recipe to myself, but obviously, I didn’t follow his advice. (Sorry Jeff, but I will make them for you on request. Uh "on request" I mean as soon as I get a chance!) So, here is my new baby. I hope you like it half as much as Jeff did. And remember, you saw it here first!

Just a few words of advice, handle the uncooked stuffed dough with a bit of TLC as they are hefty. Make sure they are placed on a well greased surface to prevent sticking. Use greased hands and spatula to transfer them to the hot oil to cook. Take it from me, following these pointers will ensure frying success.

Steak and Cheese Fried Dough

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STEAK AND CHEESE FRIED DOUGH                                     


For the Dough:
1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1 cup warm milk  
3 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. shortening
4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the filling:
1 tbsp. oil for cooking steak
1 1/4 lb shaved steak
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3/4 lb. thick sliced American cheese
Oil for frying


Add water to the stand mixer bowl. Add yeast and let sit for five minutes. Stir. Add milk, sugar, salt, shortening and 2 cups of flour. On low speed, combine the ingredients until smooth, scraping bowl with a rubber spatula. Turn off mixer. Add two more cups of flour. Starting on low, incorporate the flour. Gradually increase speed to 4 or medium. Stop the mixer to scrape the flour off the side of the bowl. Once the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl on its own, check the consistency. If it feels wet and clumps to hands, add 1/8 cup of flour at a time until dough no longer clumps. Mix on level 4 or medium for 5 minutes. After the kneading process, dough should be smooth and elastic.

With greased hands, remove dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead about 10 times using the palms of your hands. Place in a large greased bowl. Cover with a greased plastic wrap and a cloth towel. Place in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, cook steak. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add steak and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until no longer pink, breaking up any clumps into small pieces. Drain liquid. Allow to cool.

Preheat 3-4 inch of oil in a deep fryer or a frying pan to 375 degrees F. 

After the one hour resting period, punch down dough with greased hands. Pinch off a small pieces and shape into 5-inch rounds that are no more than 1/4 inch thick. If the dough is too tacky when forming rounds, generously dust the work surface and your hands with flour.  

To assemble, place one of the dough rounds onto a greased surface. Layer with about 2 ounces of steak and about 1 1/2 slice of cheese, making sure to avoid the edges. Cover with a second round. Press edges tightly to seal. Repeat assembling the remaining rounds.

With greased spatula and hands, gently transfer the dough into the oil. Fry until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Place on paper towels to drain. Yields 8 servings.

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  1. Oh this looks so naughty but so good. tender meat and melting cheese, yum!

    1. This is something that is really worth a try...and worry about undoing the damage later! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. I never would have though to do that with the dough! A savory fried pocket...the dough looks so flaky and the insides look cheeeeesy!

    1. This savory twist on an old sweet standard is a real special treat. Thank you for visiting, Christine.

  3. We will just love your STeak and Cheese Fried Dough, yum! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your great post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. These remind me of Cornish Pasties. I bet they taste delicious. Thanks for linking up at Foodie Fridays. I look forward to seeing you and your posts again this week.

    1. They are decadent! I'm looking forward to another Foodie Fridays!

  5. I am pretty sure my kids would love those! They look delicious!!

    1. Hi Michelle. Once you start making them, be prepared for encore requests!

  6. This looks soooooo yum Thao.My boys will absolutely love this for dinner. Haha thank you for not taking Jeffs advice and sharing this recipe with us.I love it and cannot wait to try...have a great week :)

    1. If your boys like bread, cheese and steak, they will love this Ashika! I'm glad I decided to share, because as you know, sharing is one of the things that brings us bloggers joy. 😊

  7. Now I'm craving fried dough like crazy. This looks so good!

    1. I wish I could make you some, Kelsie!!

  8. YUM!!! always down for anything fried and carby, plus the steak and cheese filling sounds so hearty and tasty(:

  9. Wow, I love fried dough---and filled with steak and cheese??? Outstanding!!!