CHICKEN FRIED STEAK
*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
*1/2 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.