Recipe for the Best Chicken Fried Steak
If you’re looking for the perfect recipe for Chicken Fried Steak, look no further! This classic Southern dish is sure to become a favorite in your home. It’s easy to make and so delicious, you’ll be reaching for seconds before you know it. This blog post will provide you with all the steps needed to make the best Chicken Fried Steak, including a secret ingredient that will give it an extra kick of flavor. So get ready for a tasty experience, and let’s get started!
The perfect cut of meat for chicken fried steak
When it comes to chicken fried steak, the cut of meat matters. The best cuts for making chicken fried steak are cubed steaks, round steaks, or chuck steaks. All of these cuts come from tougher parts of the cow, so they need to be tenderized before cooking. Cube steak is the most traditional choice for this dish because it is tenderized with cube-shaped indentations on both sides. Round steak can be used as well and is a bit cheaper, while chuck steak may require more work to tenderize.
The key is to select a steak that is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick. Any thicker and it will be difficult to cook through and any thinner and it will not hold up in the breading process. Once you have chosen your cut of steak, it is time to start the tenderizing process.
Tenderizing the meat
When making chicken fried steak, it is important to tenderize the meat before cooking. To do this, place the steak in a large Ziploc bag and pound it gently with a meat tenderizer or other heavy object. You may need to repeat this several times until the steak has been flattened and the meat fibers have been broken down. This will help ensure that the steak cooks evenly and remains tender.
You may also want to marinate the steak in buttermilk or vinegar-based marinade for at least an hour before cooking. The acidic liquid helps break down the fibers of the meat and make it more tender. Another option is to use a dry brine with herbs and spices, such as garlic, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and oregano. Let the steak sit in the brine for 1-2 hours before cooking. Both of these methods will help make the steak more tender and flavorful.
The breading process
When it comes to making the perfect chicken fried steak, the breading process is key. To start, you’ll need two shallow dishes: one with all-purpose flour and one with beaten eggs. Place your cut of meat in the flour first and then into the beaten eggs. Be sure to coat the meat evenly on both sides with each ingredient. After that, place the meat back into the flour and press down gently to ensure an even and thorough coating. The key here is to get a nice, even coating of the egg and flour mixture so that the steak will be crispy once it is fried.
Once the steak has been coated, you are ready to fry! Heat a generous amount of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.Carefully drop the steak into the pan once the oil is heated. Fry each side of the steak until golden brown and crispy, about 4-5 minutes per side. Once cooked through, remove the steak from the pan and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Your chicken fried steak is now ready to serve! Enjoy with your favorite gravy, mashed potatoes, and vegetables.
Frying the steak
Once you have the steak prepped, it’s time to start frying! To get the perfect, crunchy outside and juicy interior, you’ll want to use a heavy-bottomed skillet, such as cast iron.
Heat the skillet over medium-high heat and add enough oil to lightly cover the bottom of the pan. Once the oil is hot (it should shimmer), place your steak in the skillet and cook it for 4 minutes. You can gently press down on the steak with a spatula to make sure it gets good contact with the pan.
Carefully flip the steak and continue to cook it for another 4 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on both sides. When it’s done, transfer the steak to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Let the steak rest for a few minutes before serving so all the delicious juices stay inside. Enjoy!
The gravy is a key component of chicken fried steak, adding a delicious savory flavor and texture to the dish. To make the gravy, you’ll need to start by draining most of the oil from the pan, leaving about two tablespoons. Next, add about one-third cup of all-purpose flour to the pan and mix well with a whisk until it has blended with the remaining oil. Add in two to three cups of beef broth, whisking as you go to make sure that all lumps are gone. Finally, season with salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer the gravy on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches your desired thickness. Be careful not to let it burn. If the gravy becomes too thick, you can always thin it out with a bit of milk or water.
Gravy is the perfect addition to chicken fried steak and is sure to leave your family and friends wanting more. Enjoy!
Tips and tricks
1. When selecting the cut of meat for your chicken fried steak, look for a tougher cut such as a cube steak or round steak that will become tender after being tenderized.
2. Use a meat mallet to tenderize the meat, focusing on pounding the thicker parts so that they are uniform in thickness.
3. For an extra flavorful coating, try adding some minced garlic and fresh herbs to the breading mix.
4. To prevent sticking, make sure the oil you use for frying is hot before adding the steak.
5. Once the steak is fried, set it aside on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
6. If you’re using a pan-frying method, make sure the pan is big enough so that the steak can sit in one single layer without touching each other.
7. To make a flavorful gravy, use either pan drippings or a mixture of butter and flour.
8. Add some salt and pepper to the gravy for more flavor.
9. To make sure your chicken fried steak is cooked through, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature (165°F).
10. Serve your chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetables for a delicious meal!
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