Chicken Fried Steak
This Southern Chicken Fried Steak Recipe oh my, does me good. My grandmother was a full blown southern cook. She was raised in North Carolina, a land of great cooks. Cooking was an everyday event, nothing was frozen or prepackaged at her table. I still remember her salty green beans, cornbread and chicken fried steak with milk gravy just like it was yesterday. Cooking her recipes produce a memory that consoles and comforts my hunger.
Southern cooking is quintessential comfort food. And Chicken fried steak is the prototype of Southern, simple and satisfying. Serve this wonderful dish with my creamed corn recipe.
2 lb. Skirt steaks or other meat of your choice
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups whole milk
4 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup canola oil or a fat like bacon grease
*Serve with mashed potatoes, make them prior to the chicken fried steak and gravy.
Prepare two bowls one with the 2 eggs blended and one with 2 cups flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Cut the steaks into serving size. Use a metal mallet to tenderize and texturize the steaks on both sides. Take one piece of meat after tenderizing and coat it with the flour mixture, then dip it into the egg and back into the flour mixture coating both sides well. This will create a thick crust when cooked. Place on a grate to dry a bit before pan frying.
Heat a cast iron skillet then add the canola oil. Bring the oil up to temperature and place the coated steaks into the hot oil. Fry each side on medium high for 3 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through. Once they are cooked place them on a rack and place into a warm oven.
After the meat is done make the milk gravy. Start by removing most of the oil remaining in the pan, leaving 1 tablespoon along with pan drippings for the gravy rue. Put the heat on medium and add the butter, once it has melted sprinkle 4 tablespoons of the remaining flour used in the meat preparation, blend with a whisk until incorporated. Now add the milk slowly into the flour mixture and bring to a boil. Cook until the gravy has thickened, add more milk if it is too thick. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
Spoon a scoop of mashed potatoes onto a plate, place one of the chicken fried steaks on the side of the potato pile and top with the milk gravy.
Serve with green beans and corn bread for a real southern treat.
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