Sunday, May 15, 2005

Chicken-Fried Steak and Gravy

Chicken-Fried Steak and Gravy (Adapted from Eating Well)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup white whole-wheat flour (can use regular whole-wheat flour)
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch, divided
1 teaspoon paprika
16 ounces cube steak, cut into 4 equal portions
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 3/4 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup half-and-half

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a shallow dish, add all-purpose flour and season lightly with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

In another shallow dish, add beaten egg whites.

In another shallow dish, whisk together cornmeal, whole-wheat flour, 1/4 cup cornstarch and paprika - season lightly with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Season cube steaks with salt and fresh ground black pepper - dredge the steaks in the flour and shake off any excess. Dip into the egg whites, then dredge in the cornmeal mixture.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium - add 2 steaks and cook until each side has brown, turning only once, about 3 to 5 minutes total. Transfer steaks to a baking sheet coated with nonstick spray. Repeat process with remaining tablespoon of oil and 2 pieces of steak. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake until the steaks have cooked through, about 9 to 11 minutes.

Meanwhile, add broth to the skillet - bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring occasionally. Boil until the liquid has reduced to roughly 1 cup, about 2 to 4 minutes.

In a small bowl whisk together water and tablespoon of cornstarch until smooth. Take skillet off the heat and whisk in cornstarch mixture. Place back over heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the liquid has thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in half-and-half and season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Serve steak topped with the gravy.

Makes 4 servings.

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  1. This looks really good, I've never had chicken fried steak before!

  2. Sara - Never? You need to change that!

  3. That's such a complicated recipe for a southern classic. With something like this simple is the best way to go, take it from a 6th generation Texan! Next time you make it just use flour, salt, and pepper. Beforehand soak it in milk (or buttermilk) and eggs beaten together.Use vegetable oil or Crisco as well. Something you should pair it with: fried okra. If you like a slightly sweet taste use Jiffy mix cornbread. I may not be the outstanding cook you are, but I do my know my Southern cooking ;)