Southern Chicken Fried Steak

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Chicken Fried Steak Meal

The first time my husband (boyfriend at the time) made this meal for me I almost fell over! Not growing up in the south, I have never seen so much grease in one place at one time! BUT, it was one of the most amazing meals I had ever tasted. It quickly became apparent that my life with Jason would require complete mastery of this recipe.  I know the directions are a bit vague, but you will get the hang of it. This is one of Jason’s all time favorite meals ever!  This is a very messy meal to make, but if you clean as you go it isn’t too bad and it makes my family so happy!  This is a Team Southerland tradition!  The other day my daughter stated, “Anyone who has ever tasted this chicken fried steak could never be a vegetarian!”.  I tend to whole heartedly agree with her.

Fried steak
cube steak
milk
salt
pepper
flour
grease

Pound out the cube steak thinner with a meat hammer if desired (we always do).  Soak pounded cube steak in a baking dish with milk.  Allow the meat to soak while getting the rest of the meal ready to cook.

Heat grease (palm shorting, lard, Crisco, etc.) in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. I love to use *Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening for this recipe. Growing up, my husband fried his potatoes in Crisco. The first time he reluctantly agreed to try frying everything in palm shortening, he was very pleasantly surprised. He loved it! The food tasted great so he was happy! We were frying in a healthy oil so I was happy!  Win-win for both of us!

Place a big pile of flour on some wax paper on the counter. Place one piece of meat in the pile. Salt and pepper the meat to taste. Cover the meat with flour and push the flour into the meat, flipping the meat over to coat both sides well.

Carefully lay meat in the hot oil in the skillet. Cook in oil until meat is cooked through and both sides are browned. Try to avoid turning the meat more than once or it will loosen the coating. Place cooked meat on a platter in a warmed oven until all the meat is cooked.

Gravy
grease from cooked meat
flour
milk
salt
pepper

Scrape the bottom of the skillet to loosen browned coating. Add flour, stirring well until a thick sludge forms (I know, sounds lovely, but I promise… it will be so good!).

gravy sludge
Gravy sludge 

Add a bowl full of milk (app. 4-5 C or so). Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir over medium heat until gravy thickens.  If the gravy is too thick, add more milk.  I know these directions are vague.  I am guessing I use about 1/2 C sludge to 4-5 C milk.

Gravy

We always make homemade fries to go with this meal!  We make the fries to go with hamburgers too.  Or to eat as cheesy fries.  So many ways to eat these delicious fries.

french fries

Do you like Chicken Fried Steak?  Have you ever made it at home?  

Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak, homemade french fries, and gravy. An amazing meal!
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Fried steak
  1. cube steak
  2. milk
  3. salt
  4. pepper
  5. flour
  6. grease
Gravy
  1. grease from cooked meat
  2. flour
  3. milk
  4. salt
  5. pepper
For the Fried Steak
  1. Pound out the cube steak thinner with a meat hammer if desired.
  2. Soak pounded cube steak in a baking dish with milk. Allow the meat to soak while getting the rest of the meal ready to cook.
  3. Heat grease (palm shorting, lard, Crisco, etc.) in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. My favorite is Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening.
  4. Place a big pile of flour on some wax paper on the counter. Place one piece of meat in the pile. Salt and pepper the meat to taste. Cover the meat with flour and push the flour into the meat, flipping the meat over to coat both sides well.
  5. Carefully lay meat in the hot oil in the skillet. Cook in oil until meat is cooked through and both sides are browned. Try to avoid turning the meat more than once or it will loosen the coating. Place cooked meat on a platter in a warmed oven until all the meat is cooked.
For the Gravy
  1. Scrap the bottom of the skillet to loosen browned on coating.
  2. Add flour, stirring well until a thick sludge forms (I know, sounds lovely, but I promise… it will be so good!).
  3. Add a bowl full of milk. I know these directions are vague. I am guessing I use about 1 C oil and flour sludge to 4-5 C milk.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Stir over medium heat until gravy thickens. If the gravy is too thick, add more milk.
Notes
  1. Growing up, my husband fried his steak and potatoes in Crisco. The first time he reluctantly agreed to try frying everything in palm shortening, he was very pleasantly surprised. He loved it! The food tasted great so he was happy! We were frying in a healthy oil so I was happy! Win-win for both of us!
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11 thoughts on “Southern Chicken Fried Steak

  1. Ohhhhh, this looks SO good! I don’t fry anything as I’m from the North too 😉 but this is going on next week’s dinner menu! Excited to try it!

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