How to make it

  • Cut steak into 4 equal portions.
  • Pound until each is about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Place flour in a shallow bowl.
  • In a second dish, stir together baking powder, soda, pepper and salt; mix in buttermilk, egg, pepper sauce and garlic.
  • The mixture will be thin.
  • Dredge each steak first in flour, then in batter.
  • Dunk steaks back into flour and dredge well, patting in the flour until the surface of the meat is dry.
  • Add enough shortening (lard)[or a combination of both!] to a deep cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven to deep fry steaks in at least 3 inches of fat. Bring temperature of shortening to 325 degrees.
  • Fry the steaks, pushing them under the fat or turning them as they bob to the surface, for 7 to 8 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
  • Drain steaks on paper towels and transfer to a platter.
  • Keep warm while preparing Classic Cream Gravy.
  • Divide steaks among 4 plates and serve with mashed potatoes and gravy. .
  • After cooking chicken-fried steak , pour off the top fat through a strainer, leaving about 1/2 cup pan drippings in the bottom of the skillet.
  • Return any browned cracklings from the strainer to the skillet before starting the gravy.
  • Place skillet over medium heat.
  • Sprinkle in the flour, stirring to avoid lumps.
  • Add milk and stock.
  • Simmer until liquid is thickened and the raw flour taste is gone, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir the gravy up from the bottom frequently, scraping up any browned bits.
  • Season with pepper and salt.
  • Makes about 3 cups.
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  • morghanphoenix 11 years ago
    Now that sounds like a good chicken fried steak, living so far north I think I'm having withdrawls that the strange little bits of meat that are sold as chicken fried steak up here just don't manage to satisfy.
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    gejr45 ate it and said...
    I have been looking for a good chicken fried steak recipe and this sounds like the one. Thanks for the post and good luck.
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    " It was excellent "
    lanacountry ate it and said...
    HIGH 5..YUMMY! :)
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    " It was excellent "
    linebb956 ate it and said...
    Love my Chicken fried steak.. and this is the real deal! Greal Post .. Great!
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  • bonjody 12 years ago
    You are an inspiration, and so is your FOOD! Who could resist trying this slightly decadent meal? Not me!
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    " It was excellent "
    midgelet ate it and said...
    love it!
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    we all love chicken fried steak thanks yum
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  • krumkake 12 years ago
    mmmmm...cream gravy, lard, chicken fried steaks and biscuits on the side to sop everything up - you are making me DROOL at work!!!!! This sounds just like the way my friend in Missouri would make this for us - goooooood stuff...and no, there's no substitute for lard, and if you only use it occassionally, what's the harm?...I could hear my cardiologist sighing as I wrote that! Great post tnj - it's what I prefer to call "the classics"...Krum
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    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    Get my plate be right there y'all make room wow love this dish
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  • jimrug1 12 years ago
    WOW!! This is my all time favorite comfort food. If you have to go.. Go with a smile on your face and use lard. Its WAY better... ;-)~ The cast iron is also a must do. Thanks for a great recipe... High 5! Jim
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    auntybea ate it and said...
    I love getting chicken fried steak recipes because we love it and I don't have a recipe from the family (although my Grandma was born and raised in Missouri!). When I was growing up the family fried everything in bacon fat and I'm thinking that it would work well for chicken fried steak!
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    mjcmcook ate it and said...
    A "5" FORKS for this recipe!
    A long time ago I knew someone from
    Cleveland, Tennessee, and he always wanted me to cook
    'Chicken Fried Steak' like his Mama use to make...
    and no matter how I made it...well it was just not
    'quite' right!...However. your recipe sounds 'Perfect'!!! I cannot cook it for him now...
    since he has 'passed away'...but I am going to try
    the way you make it...the 'original' very soon for my Grandsons!
    Thank-you so much for sharing!
    ....mjcmcook.....I hope that you will be my
    'Food Friend' !!!
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    " It was excellent "
    henrie ate it and said...
    Wow, another great post, I love this, it's so good, nice to hear someone else say ya'll come besides me LOL You have my 5 forks on this one too.
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  • 22566 12 years ago
    Thank-you for a Great recipe,and wishing you continued success with your health.
    Kindess Regards
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    " It was excellent "
    wynnebaer ate it and said...
    Great post....I always ask the butcher to run my top round through the cuber....Then you know what you're getting.....:)
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