Chicken Fried Steak

The first time I tried this I was confused, I thought it was chicken, but it was made with beef. Chicken fried steak also known as country-fried steak is an American style breaded beefsteak cutlet coated with seasoned flour then pan-fried, served with a creamy gravy and mashed potatoes. So why it is called Chicken Fried Steak? Basically it is beefsteak cooked like fried chicken, hence the name.


I feel like this dish was inspired by the Italian–South American dish called Milanesa, Scottish Collops or the Italian Veal Scallopine where pieces of thinly sliced meats or steaks are fried then served with sauce. Where it came from until now are unclear, but the most plausible origin is attributed to the German and Austrian immigrants to Texas in the 19th century who brought the wiener schnitzel in America, it was said to be that it was in Lamesa where it first came to light hence there is a festival dedicated to the said dish which happens annually.

It’s a comfort dish, it’s easy to love specially with the teenagers, its fried and served with gravy, you can’t go wrong on those.

Chicken Fried Steak
 
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Serves: 5-6
Ingredients
Chicken Fried Steak
  • 1 kg rump steak, ½-inch-thick cuts (approx. 4 large or 6 medium steaks)
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil
Gravy
  • ¼ cup roast chicken drippings
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ cup cream
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Using the back of your cleaver of knife, tenderize your rump steaks. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Combine milk and eggs, place it in a wide bowl.
  3. Combine flour, salt, black pepper, paprika and cayenne then place it in a wide plate.
  4. Dredge the tenderized steaks in the flour mixture then into the milk mixture then into the flour mixture once again.
  5. Fry steaks in a 180C preheated oil in a wok or a large skillet for two to three minutes on each side or until beef is cooked.
  6. Drain of oil, then using the same skillet, place it back in the stove top in low heat. Add butter and drippings, once it melts add the flour, stir until flour is cooked through.
  7. Gently pour milk, small amount at a time while mixing it with the flour, continue mixing until even in consistency.
  8. Pour cream and continue to mix and simmer for 2 more minutes, add milk if the consistency is thick to your liking, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  9. Place one chicken fried steak on a plate , pour gravy on top then serve with mashed potatoes. Serve.

 


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