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Mar 12, 2012 01:21 PM

Chicken Fried Steak recipe?

I have been craving this like mad! Anyone have a good recipe? Thanks.

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    1. re: mels

      Looks great. Do you think it'd work with cube steak?

      1. re: luxzilla

        It will. Key is to make sure you tenderize it and pound it out to the appropriate flatness if necessary. The steaks should be 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick before you apply the batter.

        I'm not a big fan of the Thyme in Alton's dish. To me, I think you should add Texas or Chili like spices to the gravy. Personally, I like smoked paprika, cayenne, garlic power, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Instead of thyme, I will sometimes garnish it with chopped parsley though my wife prefers diced red chilies. Be careful with the cayenne, a little goes a long way.

        1. re: luxzilla

          One other thing I noticed in Alton's recipe is that he just uses flour/eggs/flour. Some folks will suggest seasoning the flour. Personally, I think that's dumb. Just put the seasonings you want to use together into a rub and then apply them to the meat directly, rubbing them in. This way, you don't waste a bunch trying to season flour. If you must season the flour, keep it simple with garlic or seasoning salt of your choice and pepper.

          The one thing I would think about is making more of a batter out of the egg mixture, mostly by adding milk. There are recipes all over the Net for this, but here's a link to a simple one I like: He doesn't do it, but you can also add baking powder to this to make an even puffier, crispier crust.

          And finally, I'd suggest a cast iron skillet for your frying needs. All right, I think that's all I know about this one. If you have any questions, let me know.

      2. Have a website bookmarked with all sorts of Texas recipes. Here is their version for CFS. I have not tried it yet...

        1. Check out this thread

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          1. Traditionally, chicken fried steak is battered and deep fried. There is another way, you can bread the steaks and pan fry them. Those are actually called "country fried" steaks. We Texans have a tendency to use the term chicken fried steak to describe both methods.

            I prefer country fried.

            Season the steaks with salt, pepper and maybe some garlic powder then dredge in flour. Dip in a lightly beaten milk and egg mixture and then dredge in bread crumbs. fry with an ample amount of oil in the pan. Remove when brown on both sides. These steaks need to be pounded pretty thin.

            Serve with mashed potatoes and white gravy and your choice of veggies. Traditionally, that would be green beans.

            If you wanted to use cracker crumbs, the breading will be much thicker. If you wish to deep fry them,look up a fried chicken batter recipe.

            You can do this same technique with pork chops. In fact, this Texan usually does pork chops rather than cubed steak because they are cheaper nowadays. With fairly thick pork chops will need to brown them in a pan and finish them in the oven.