Sunday, September 19, 2010

Whats for dinner?? Chicken Fried Steak! Use real steak!

Chicken Fried Steak

* 1 pound top round steak, about 1/2 inch thick, cut in 4 equal portions
* vegetable oil or shortening, for frying
* 1 cup buttermilk
* 1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 2 cups milk
* dash ground cayenne pepper, or to taste, optional
* salt and pepper, to taste

Using the pointed side of a meat mallet, pound the steaks to tenderize them, then use the flat side of the mallet to pound them to about 1/4-inch thick.

In a deep, heavy skillet, melt shortening over high heat to a depth of about 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Heat to 370°.

In a shallow bowl, mix the buttermilk and hot pepper sauce. In another shallow bowl or pie plate, combine the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper and mix well. Dip each steak in the buttermilk, then the flour mixture. Reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons of the flour mixture and set aside. Two at a time, deep fry the steaks, turning once, until nicely browned on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer paper towels to drain then place on a foil-lined baking sheet and keep warm in warming drawer or 200° oven while making gravy.

Discard all but 1 1/2 tablespoons of the fat from the skillet. With skillet over low heat, whisk in reserved 1 1/2 tablespoons flour mixture. Stir until smooth and bubbly, scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Whisk in the milk and ground cayenne, if using, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 3 minutes, or until flour taste is gone. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the steak with the gravy.
Makes 4 servings.

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