Chicken fried steak also known as country fried steak, is a very popular South American dish. Although it is named chicken fried steak, it is prepared with cube steak. Cube steak is a perfectly tender piece of meat, which is ideal for this recipe.
Chicken fried steak is prepared by dredging and coating the steaks in buttermilk, eggs and flour and then deep frying them. The fried steaks are then served with delectable smooth gravy and mashed potatoes. This is a complete meal and tastes simply heavenly.
4 beef cube steaks
1 cup + ½ cup of buttermilk
3 cups of vegetable oil, for frying
2 large eggs
2 cups of all-purpose flour
Salt, to taste
1/4th cup of all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
4 cups of milk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of hot sauce
Method Of Preparation
1. Take a large shallow dish and break open the eggs in it. Beat the eggs nicely with a fork or wire whisk and then add the salt, baking powder, garlic powder, baking soda, hot sauce and ground black pepper to the beaten egg. Whisk the mixture once more to combine all the seasonings nicely with the egg and then pour the buttermilk over the egg mixture.
2. Whisk the mixture once again to combine the buttermilk thoroughly with the egg mixture and then set it aside. Next, take another shallow dish and spread 2 cups of all-purpose flour it in. Now take one of the cube steaks and dredge it in the flour. Once the steak is dredged evenly on both sides, transfer it to the dish of egg and buttermilk mixture. Dip and coat the steak nicely with the egg mixture on both sides and then transfer it to the plate of flour.
3. Dredge the steak a second time with the flour and then keep it aside on a wire rack. Dredge and coat the rest of the three steaks in the same way and then set them aside on a wire rack to let them air dry. Now take a deep skillet and heat up 3 cups of vegetable oil in it. Once the oil starts smoking, pick up one of the steaks and put it in the skillet. Fry the steak for 3-4 minutes on each side or until it gets a nice golden-brown color. Once fried, transfer the steak to a plate and fry the rest of the steaks.
4. Now pour out the remaining fat from the skillet by reserving only four tablespoons of it. Tip the remaining 1/4th cup of all-purpose flour in the skillet and then stir it until it is completely dissolved in the fat and you can’t see any more lumps. Once the flour becomes smooth and lump free, stir-in the milk. Stir and cook the gravy for 2 minutes and the turn up the flame to medium high.
5. Let the gravy cook on medium high heat until it becomes creamy and thick. Once you get the desired consistency, season the gravy with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Once you are ready with the gravy, spoon it over the fried steaks and serve with mashed potatoes.