I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chicken Fried Steak

No need to go to the Cracker Barrel for a good chicken fried steak dinner. This is so easy to make and very good.

(serves 4)

*4 (1/2 pound) beef cube steaks
*1/2 teaspoon onion powder
*1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
*1/4 teaspoon black pepper
*2 cups all-purpose flour
*2 teaspoons baking powder
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
*1 teaspoon black pepper
*3/4 teaspoon salt
*1 1/2 cup whole milk
*1 egg
*1/2 tablespoon tabasco sauce
*2 cloves garlic, minced
*2 cups vegetable shortening for frying
*4 tablespoons of the dredging flour
*4 tablespoons of cooking fat
*1/2 teaspoon black pepper
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*3 cups whole milk

~Pound steaks to about 1/4 inch thick.
~Mix onion powder, garlic powder, & 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.
~Rub seasonings into steak.
~Place 2 cups of flour in a shallow bowl.
~Stir together the baking powder, baking soda,
smoked paprika, pepper & salt.
~In a separate shallow bowl, stir in the 1 1/2 cups milk, egg, tabasco sauce & garlic.
~Dredge each steak first in the flour.
(keep flour for gravy)
~Then dredge the steaks in batter, then in the flour again.
~Pat the flour onto the surface of each steak so they are completely coated with dry flour.
~Heat shortening into a sturdy skillet to 325 degrees.
(I use my cast-iron pan)
~Fry the steaks until a golden brown, turn and brown other side. 4-5 minutes on each side.
~Remove steaks on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
~Remove all but 4 tablespoons oil from skillet.
~Stir in 4 tablespoons of the dredging flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
~Whisk, scraping up browned bits, for about 1 minute.
~Gradually whisk in 3 cups milk.
~Whisk until thick & bubbly.
~Stir in 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
~Serve gravy over steaks.

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