For Your Cowboy or Cowgirl

I think that it is important for anyone who resides in the south, especially West Texas to know how to cook up some good, southern food. Chicken fried steak is a favorite among most Texans, and surprisingly, it is not hard to create. This is an easy to follow, step-by-step recipe for chicken fried steak. It will impress even the pickiest cowboy or cowgirl.

Chicken Fried Steak (serves eight)

Ingredients needed:

  • 3 pounds cube steak
  • 2 large eggsIMG_5303
  • 1-1/2 cup whole milk for batter
  • 2 cups whole milk for gravy
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 4 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 cups Canola oil
  • Additional salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions:

The easiest way to approach this is to begin an assembly line of ingredients for the meat. Place a plate on the counter with the raw meat. Then, grab a bowl and pour the milk and eggs in to the bowl and beat with a fork.  The bowl will be placed second in the assembly line. Next, Pour the flour and spices on a large plate and mix it all together. Finally, grab one more plate for the finished meat to go on.

Grab one piece of meat at a time. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper on both sides. Dip the meat completely in the milk/egg mixture, then place it on top of the flour mixture and cover both sides with flour. Repeat this process again then place meat on the clean plate. Then repeat for the remaining pieces of meat.

Once all the meat has gone through the assembly line, pour the oil into a pan. Turn up the heat on the stove to high. Once five minutes have gone by, it is hot enough to put the steaks in the pan. For best results, cook the meat three pieces at a time. Once the edges start to turn a golden brown, flip the steaks over. (The steaks cook for about 2 minutes on each side.)

Once the steaks are cooked, remove from the pan and place on a paper towel lined plate.

Now it is time to begin making the gravy.

After the meat is fried, pour the grease in the pan in to a heatproof bowl.  Add ¼ cup of the flavor-packed grease back in the pan. Turn the heat on medium. Sprinkle ¼ cup flour over the grease.  Using a whisk, start mixing the ingredients until it turns to a golden-brown color. If the mixture seems a little oily, sprinkle in a little more flour and whisk.  Now it is time to add the milk to the gravy mixture. Whisk in the milk constantly. Do not be afraid to add more milk if the mixture seems overly thick.  Add some salt and pepper and cook for about five-10 more minutes until the consistency is smooth and creamy.

Now put that yummy chicken fried steak on a plate and pour gravy over the whole thing! Pair with a favorite comfort food side like potatoes! Enjoy and wait for the compliments to start rolling in.

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