Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chicken Fried Steak


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Ok, well remember my food slump?! Christo from ChezWhat shared some fabulous advice with me: cook something I'd never make!

At first my mind started wandering to these crazy baking ideas. Something that requires 800 bowls and techniques and processes. But let's not kid ourselves, I'm not much of a baker and I'm a pretty Type B person - lazy and I'd hate to clean that up! (I'm just being honest...)

Then it hit me! No turning back. A 100% made from scratch, authentic Southern meal. Sure, I've eaten Southern food, you can't live in NC for 18 years and avoid it - but cooked it myself? Never!

On the menu:

Chicken fried steak
Buttermilk biscuits
Southern sausage gravy
Butter beans

Tonight I'll show you the chicken fried steak because that's the star, afterall!

You'll need:

cube steak (or grab a steak you like and ask the butcher to run it through the cubing machine/tenderizer)
flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
buttermilk (*see note below)
breadcrumbs of choice (I used panko)

To start, dredge the cube steak through the flour and knock off any excess. Next, wet the steak in buttermilk. If you do not have any buttermilk on hand, it is easily made by adding about 1 Tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice to about 1 cup of milk and letting it sit for a few minutes. Last, coat lightly with the breadcrumbs and knock off any extra.

Make sure your oil is hot, then lay them right in, making sure not to crowd the pan. Ordinarily I would fry these in vegetable oil. But I was seriously channeling Paula Deen so ladies and gentlemen I fried them in shortening. Oh, yes I did!

I only used about 1/4 of a cup because I had three steaks. They cooked for 3 or 4 minutes each side until they were a deliciously crunchy brown!

Let drain on a paper towel and then put on your plate. Hmmm, this seems a little naked, though, don't you think??




There! Much better! Mmm guys this was heavenly! The steak was tender and so juicy and crunchy. The delicious sausage gravy over top was like... well, gravy on top!

Ya'll come back now ya hear?? The next few days I'll be showing you buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, and butter beans!

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7 comments:

Laura said...

oh my you just blew my mind that looks so damn good. Now I have to make that, seriously, I will be hunting down some non-cafo beef...hmmm bet I could use moose. I'll let you know how it turns out.

burpandslurp said...

That...seriously...looks freaking AMAZING.
Whoooo! It's getting HAWT in here!

Paula Deen will be proud! lol! Yay shortening! What can you say? Do what the Southerners do!
Next time go even more scandalous and use lard!

Heather in SF said...

Mmmm... I love biscuits and gravy too, I'm putting that on the menu for Christmas eve brunch!

A@ Please Don't Eat Me! said...

amazing!!!!!!! yummy!!!!!!!

love it!

oh i forgot to tell you, i love your christmas card! its sooooo cute!! you'll be getting one from me, LATE! it will have to be a new years card.. lol

Nowheymama said...

I love chicken fried steak, but I've never had it with sausage gravy! Holy cow!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Shortening?! Oh no you didn't! But, you did! LOL

I'll bet it was spectacular too. I haven't had anything "chicken fried" in a million years. ~drool~

Btw, great advice from Christo ... I'm going to steal that too at some point. :)

Chef E said...

Ha, burpanslurp is funny! I won't even cook with lard, scares me, but my family lived long in years even with eating it in Texas...

I live in NJ and up here they have no clue what you just made...a plate of total YUM!

Glad I found you...