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Monday, January 25, 2010

Chicken Fried Steak is Food For the Southern Soul

One of my best friends, Dana, called me to ask how I made my chicken fried steak.  It's super easy comfort food.  Here is my recipe:

  • 3 pds. Cube Steak
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (plus 2 more for gravy)
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • Seasoned Salt,  salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • In one dish, beat the eggs with the 1.5 cups of milk. 
  • In second dish add the flour, 2 tsp seasoned salt and pepper to your mixture.
  • Place meat in the liquid soaking both sides.  Salt meat and then dredge in the flour mixture, coating both sides.  Dip again in the egg/milk and then again in the flour.
  • In a skillet (cast iron works best) heat 1/2 cup of oil or so on a medium-high heat.  Drop a small pinch of flour and it the oil  and if it sizzles, it is ready.
  • Cook on both sides until golden brown and the meat is done, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Drain on paper towel
 For the gravy:
  • Pour off the grease into a heat-resistant bowl.  Without cleaning the pan, return about 1/4 a cup of the oil to the pan.
  • Add about 1/3 a cup of flour.  You want to stir this until the mixture browns and thickens into a "roux'."
  • If it is too thick, add a little more oil.  If it is too thin, add a little more flour.  
  • One golden, add the two cups of milk, whisking consistantly. 
  • Wisk to combine and the gravy will gradually thicken.  
  • Taste it and add salt and pepper.  Salt is key--don't ruin a good gravy by under seasoning it.  
  • Once it is thick, it is ready to serve!  (If you get it too thick, add a couple splashes of milk.) 

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