Thinly sliced steaks beautifully seasoned and breaded, lightly fried to a golden brown. Buttery mashed potatoes topped with a delicious beef and almond gravy and a tasty cole slaw. This is a wonderful chicken fried steak recipe!
1 1/2lbs. thin sliced steak, 3-4 ( sirloin, tri tip, cube steak-anything with good marbling )
1 1/2 teas. season salt
1/2 teas. pepper ( fresh cracked )
1/4 teas. garlic powder
1 teas. onion powder
1/2 teas. dry oregano
1/2 cup milk
1 cup plain or seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup olive oil
Method: Chicken Fried Steak
Start by getting a good cut of steak sliced to about 1/8th of an inch thick. Tenderize them by poking them with a fork on both sides. This will break down some of the fibers in the meat giving your a more tender steak. This isn’t necessary for cube steak. Season them liberally with season salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and dry oregano.
Make an egg wash by mixing the eggs and milk together in a large shallow bowl. Add the breadcrumbs to another large shallow bowl. This is your breading station.
Dip your steaks ( 1 or 2 at a time ) into the egg wash to thoroughly coat and then into the breadcrumbs and thoroughly coat. Transfer to a piece of foil big enough to hold all of your steaks or to a rack or plate. Repeat the process to double coat all of your steaks.
Add your olive oil to a medium to large skillet and heat to medium low, about 275 to 300 degrees F. Gently place your chicken fried steaks into the skillet and lightly fry for about 2 to 4 minutes a side or until golden brown. Remove to a cooking rack or paper towel covered plate to drain. They will be about a medium rare ( the way I like them ). If you want them to be medium to well, wrap them in foil and place in a 350 degree preheated oven. Medium will take about 10 minutes and well about 15 to 20. Serve right away.
Ingredients: Mashed potaoes
1 1/2lbs. russet potatoes 3-4 ( peeled, cut into 1in. dice )
cold water to cover by 1in.
1 cup milk
1 cube butter or margarine
salt and pepper to taste
Method: Mashed potatoes
Add the cold water and diced potatoes to a 3 to 4qt. sauce pan along with a pinch or two of salt. Bring to a boil and boil for about 20 minutes, until a fork can easily be inserted into the center of a piece and removed with little to no help. Drain.
In a small sauce pan add the butter, milk, salt and pepper. Heat on low until the butter has melted. Add to your drained potatoes and mash to your desired consistency.
Note: The reason for using cold water to start with is to ensure the potatoes will heat evenly inside and out. Adding cold potatoes to hot water will cook the outside too fast leaving the inside raw.
Ingredients: Beef and Almond Gravy
2 cups beef broth ( bullion will work )
3 level tbsp. flour
10-15 almonds ( whole, shelled )
1/2 teas. onion powder
1/8 teas. garlic powder
1/4 teas. browning liquid ( kitchen bouquet )
salt and pepper to taste
Method: Beef and Almond Gravy
Roast your almonds by heating them in a dry skillet on medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring to heat both sides. Or by placing them on a sheet pan in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 10 minutes. Until they smell nice and roasty toasty. After they’ve cooled place them in a plastic bag and crush them. These will be going into your gravy shortly.
Add the butter to a small sauce pan and melt on low heat. Stir in your flour to make a roux. Cook on low for about 5 minutes to get rid of the flour taste. Slowly stir in your broth, seasonings and crushed almonds and bring to a boil. Boil for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat back to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. It’s ready to serve.
Ingredients: Cole Slaw
3 cups pre-made cole slaw mix
1/4 green pepper ( sliced thin )
1/6 onion ( sliced thin )
1/4 cup red wine vinegar salad dressing
1/4 teas. salt
1 pinch pepper
1 pinch sugar
2 to 3 heaping tbsp. mayonnaise
Method: Cole Slaw
Add the onion, green pepper and red wine dressing to a small bowl. Mix well and let stand to marinate for about 5 minutes. This will allow the vinegar to cut the acid in the veggies.
Add the cole slaw mix to a large bowl along with the marinated veggies ( and sauce ) salt, pepper and sugar. Stir in the mayonnaise a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Chill for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors incorporate. This will allow the cabbage to absorb the sauce as well. Serve.
This chicken fried steak recipe will take about an hour to put together and is just delicious! The flavors will remind you of a good old fashion country meal that mom used to make. Enjoy and HAPPY COOKING!