Chicken Fried Steak
By Annamaria Settanni McDonald ArtByASM
This has to be one of my favorite dishes to eat. I love love love it! When I go out to eat for breakfast, this is what I always order! I love eating it out but I also love making it because it's so good. I first had this dish at Cracker Barrel. I don't like their sawmill gravy because I would rather have a sausage gravy over it or a regular cream gravy. Enjoy this recipe!
all purpose flour
seasoned or garlic salt
cayenne pepper if you like a little heat
oil for frying
salt and pepper for meat and gravy
1Begin with an assembly line of dishes for the meat: milk mixed with egg in one; flour mixed with spices in one; meat in one; then have one clean plate at the end to receive the breaded meat.
2Work one piece of meat at a time. Season both sides with salt and pepper, then dip in the milk/egg mixture. Next, place the meat on the plate of seasoned flour. Turn to coat thoroughly. Place the meat back into the milk/egg mixture, turning to coat. Place back in the flour and turn to coat.
(STEPS: wet mixture/dry mixture/wet mixture/dry mixture.) Place breaded meat on the clean plate, then repeat with remaining meat.
3Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Drop in a few sprinkles of flour to make sure it’s sufficiently hot. Cook meat, three pieces at a time, until edges start to look golden brown; around 2 to 2 1/2 minutes each side.
4Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm. Repeat until all meat is cooked.
5TO MAKE GRAVY:
After all meat is fried, pour off the grease into a heatproof bowl. Without cleaning the pan, return it to the stove over medium-low heat. Add 1/4 cup grease back to the pan. Allow grease to heat up. Sprinkle 1/3 cup flour evenly over the grease. Using a whisk, mix flour with grease, creating a golden-brown paste. Keep cooking until it reaches a deep golden brown color. If paste seems more oily than pasty, sprinkle in another tablespoon of flour and whisk. Whisking constantly, pour in milk. Cook to thicken the gravy. Be prepared to add more milk if it becomes overly thick. Add salt and pepper and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until gravy is smooth and thick. Be sure to taste to make sure gravy is sufficiently seasoned.