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Country Fried Steak or Chicken

A good Chicken Fried Steak has a crispy breading on the outside with tender beef on the inside then it's smothered with a rich cream gravy. It's a carb heavy meal that is best served with biscuits, mashed potatoes, corn, and green beans... you know. For color.
Course Main Dish - Beef
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Marye @ Restless Chipotle

Ingredients

Steak

  • 8 thin round steaks about 4 to 6 inches in diameter OR 4 boneless chicken breasts sliced in half through the thickness. (hold your knife parallel to the chicken and slice through the center)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups unbleached flour (more or less)
  • Peanut oil
  • Salt and Pepper (about 1/2 tsp of each
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of Cayenne
  • Pinch of smoked paprika

Gravy

  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup drippings or butter or combination
  • 3 cups of half and half cream , heated to a simmer
  • Salt and pepper to taste (go for lots of pepper)
  • Few drops of Louisiana Hot Sauce

Instructions

Steak

  • Let the meat come to room temperature, about 30 minutes and no more
  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Beat the eggs and buttermilk together and set aside
  • Mix the flour, salt, pepper, baking powder,and cayenne together on a plate and set aside
  • Dredge one of the steaks through the flour on both sides, dip in the egg and then dredge through the flour again
  • Repeat with remaining steaks
  • Heat 1/2 oil in a heavy frying pan over medium high heat until a drop of water pops when dropped in
  • Add steak and fry on both sides until golden brown
  • Remove from oil and drain briefly; place on cookie sheet in oven
  • Repeat with each of the other steaks
  • Turn the oven off but leave the steaks in there while you make the gravy
  • Serve with a generous amount of gravy over top

Gravy

  • Whisk the flour into the hot drippings (or melted butter) until it forms a clump
  • Slowly whisk in the cream, beating to ensure there are no lumps
  • Simmer, stirring, until the gravy thickens
  • Taste and add salt and pepper and hot sauce
  • Serve hot over the chicken fried steak