This was actually a pretty fun meal to make. It got a little messy- but it was totally worth it. This is not a calorie counters meal, but its good to indulge every once in a while.
- Package of cube steak ( The one I had was 3 large pieces I cut in half to make 6 smaller pieces)
- 4 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups butter milk
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (I used Tabasco sweet and spicy)
- 2 cups crisco vegetable shortening (for frying)
- 4 cups of milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- garlic powder to taste
If your cube steak is in large pieces, cut them in half- and pound each smaller piece out a little bit to make them thinner.
Place the flour in a shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper.
In another bowl mix together the baking powder, baking soda, pepper and salt. Stir in buttermilk, egg, and hot pepper sauce.
Dredge each steak first in flour, then in the batter, then in the flour again- making sure the steak is completely coated in the flour- this is what will make the great crust.
Heat the shortening in a deep cast iron skillet, over medium high heat, when it starts bubbling add in your steak 2 pieces at a time. Make sure the oil is really heated, otherwise the steak won't brown. Let cook about 3 minutes on each side until they are deep golden brown. Place on a plate with paper towels- and repeat for the rest of the steaks.
Drain the majority of the oil from the pan, leaving about 1/4 cup. Return the pan to medium/ low heat and whisk in 1/4 cup of flour. Scrape the bottom of the pan to release the solids into the gravy.
Whisk in the milk a little at a time, letting it thicken. Raise heat to medium and bring gravy to a simmer. Cook until thick about 5-7 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder .
Serve gravy over steaks.
We had our chicken fried steaks with some easy mashed potatoes and broccoli on the side. If you like chicken fried steak, you should try making it at home! It really wasn't as hard as it looks- This took well under an hour. Cheers!
Credits: The Best Chicken Fried Steak