Monday, July 23, 2012

Chicken Fried Steak

When I think about comfort food, chicken fried stead is right up there near the top.  Topped with creamy country gravy and pile of mashed potatoes on the side.  Although...I was not always a creamy country gravy girl.  I used to love brown gravy on my chicken fried steak.  I still do actually, but not many people do so when I am making it at home, country gravy with tons of black pepper it is!  I wish I could share with you my recipe for country gravy, but alas I can not.  Why, you ask?  I do not have one.  It never turns out the same and sometimes I really mess it up badly.  If you have a great recipe, with measurements, please feel free to leave it in the comments!  Help ME, to make great country gravy!   My husband cringes when we eat this dish out, which is not often, but when we do, and I ask for brown gravy he shakes his head at me.  He rarely has any words which is you know my husband only happens about once every couple of years!!  Anyway....

I love my recipe.  I think it allows for a really crispy breading and great flavor.  I want you to fry this in an inch, at least, of peanut oil.  Lay a baking sheet with some metal cookie cooling racks and when they are done, lay them on there as they finish and put into a 400 degree oven to stay warm and ensure they are at their best when served!  

This recipe will make 6 chicken fried steaks.  You will need 6 cubed steaks, thawed, for this recipe.
Here is what you will need for the breading:      
3 cups flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
3 tbsp of your favorite grill seasoning I used Baldridge Seasoning
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl!

For your egg mixture you will need:
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
dash of hot sauce (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk everything together in a bowl!

Ok, this isn't rocket science, I know you all how to bread a cube steak.  Flour mixture, so the egg has something to stick to, egg mixture, and then back in the flour.  Shake it off and set it on a cookie sheet to sit until all the steaks are ready.  I have even done this HOURS in advance and put them in the fridge.  I think they are even crispier!

In a high sided skillet add your oil, I prefer peanut.  You almost want the steaks to float in it.  Fry on each side 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.  Put on baking sheet and put into your preheated 400 degree oven.

Serve with some fresh green beans and mashed potatoes and cover it in your delicious gravy that you make some perfectly.  You know the recipe you are gonna share with me?!?!

Enjoy some comfort food once in awhile, it won't kill ya!

Your "could really eat brown gravy on damn near anything"chefwannabe


  1. Chris,

    Hi there! That sounds wonderful! This looks fantastic and we're defo goign to give it a go. There's a tonne of breadcrumbs we were wondeering what to do with.

    I've got a question tho, what's the temperature of the frying oil?

    Great blog!

  2. I am not sure of the exact temp. When you drop a few breadcrumbs of some flour in the oil it should sizzle, then you know it is ready!

  3. I think I could do this! It looks so good!!!!

  4. Chris, I cooked your 'sweet garlic chicken' for dinner & the family loved it, next time I'm going to add more garlic. Thanks for sharing it..

    1. Awesome David! I see you love garlic like I do! There is NEVER enough garlic for me, but I realize some people need limits aka measurements! So glad you and the family loved it and so glad you took time to let me know, I am grateful you did!