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Chicken Fried Steak
Once I moved to living down south one meal, I decided I needed to learn to master was chicken fried steak. Southern chicken fried steak is a staple here where I have moved to down south and I don’t always want to have to just enjoy it at a restaurant.
You might be thinking that it is a complicated dish to make, however I am happy to let you know that is is sooo much easier then you would think it would be!
What is Chicken Fried Steak?
It is a very popular southern dish and one that it quite tasty too. Its like having the best part of fried chicken throw in with the great flavor of a steak. Yum Yum! I am getting hungry just thinking about it!
It starts with a cube steak, which is a cheaper cut of meat. That is then pounded with a meat tenderizer, into a thin piece of meat. Once you have the tenderized cube steak it is coated in breading. Then fried in oil in the same way that you make fried chicken.
Plus chicken fried steak topped with the white gravy is ah-mazing! Seriously if you have never topped yours with white gravy, you HAVE to! I know that not everyone does, however it is even more amazing with white gravy on top!
What to Serve with Chicken Fried Steak
The side options are really unlimited for chicken fried steak, aside from potatoes. Having a potato side dish like homemade mashed potatoes or fried potatoes is a must. However after that your sides are whatever else you feel like making. Some of the sides you will normally enjoy with chicken fried steak, are Fried Okra, Green beans, corn on the cob, and buttermilk biscuits.
How to Make Chicken Fried Steak
I find it is best to use a cast iron skillet when making chicken fried steak. You can use a regular pan to make this dish if that is what you have on hand.
When you are making this recipe, it is important that the oil is hot enough, if it is not it will not give you the perfect crispy crunchy outside of the steak that you want.
When you are putting the steaks in the oven, you are not cooking them. You are using an oven to keep them warm while you finish making more, if you are making a double batch and for while you are cooking your white gravy.
Following Weight Watchers? The average piece of chicken fried steak comes in at about 22 points with gravy.
Chicken Fried Steak
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
- Pound the steaks to about 1/4-inch thickness using a meat pounder.
- Place 2 cups of flour in a pie pan or a mixing bowl.
- In a separate pie pan or mixing bowl stir together the baking powder, baking soda, pepper, and salt.Than stir in the buttermilk, egg, and hot sauce to the baking powder mixture.
- Heat the peanut oil in a deep cast-iron skillet to 325 degrees F.
- Dredge each steak first in the flour, then in the batter, and again in the flour. Be sure to pay flour mixture onto the steaks to make sure it is well covered.
- Fry the steaks until evenly golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
- Place fried steaks on a plate with paper towels to drain.
- Once they have drained place the steaks onto a sheet pan that is lined with a cooling rack.
- Place the steaks in the oven and bake while making your gravy.
How to Make White Gravy
- Drain the fat from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid and as much of the solid remnants as possible.
- Return the skillet to medium-low heat with the 1/4 cup of reserved oil.
- Whisk the 1/2 cup flour into the oil. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to release solids into the gravy. Stir in the milk over medium heat, and bring the gravy to a simmer.
- Cook until thick, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with kosher salt and pepper.
- Spoon the gravy over the steaks to serve.
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