Chicken Fried Steak

Total Time:
26 min
Prep:
6 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless top round, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups crushed butter crackers (recommended: Saltine)
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • Drunken Pork Gravy, recipe follows
  • Drunken Pork Gravy:
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
Directions

Cut the beef into 4 equal pieces. Put the pieces between plastic wrap and pound out, with the textured side of a meat mallet, to 1/4-inch thick. Put the meat into a shallow glass or plastic dish, cover with the buttermilk, turning to coat. Set aside while you prepare the dredging station.

In a large baking dish, add the flour and season with salt and pepper, to taste. In a second dish, whisk eggs and milk together. In the third dish, combine the crushed crackers and the panko.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Fit a baking sheet with a rack.

Remove the steaks from the buttermilk, then dip each piece in the flour to coat, shaking off the excess flour. Next, coat them in the egg, then dip them in the cracker and panko mixture, lightly pressing the crumbs into the steak. Set the steaks set aside to rest for 10 minutes.

Heat the canola oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat. When oil is shimmering, add the steaks, 1 at a time, and cook for 3 minutes on first side, 2 to 3 minutes on second side, or until cooked through. Repeat with remaining steaks. As you finish, blot the excess oil on a paper towel, then transfer the steaks to a baking sheet, and keep warm in a low oven.

Arrange the steaks on a serving platter and serve with Drunken Pork Gravy.

Drunken Pork Gravy:

In a small bowl, combine the pork, salt and black pepper, to taste, the white pepper and red chili flakes. Heat a medium nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, breaking up the pork as it browns.

Once the pork is cooked through, add the onions and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer. Deglaze with the wine, and reduce for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the Dijon and sprinkle in the flour. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes to cook out the raw flavor of the flour.

Add 1 cup of the milk and stir until combined. Add the remaining milk and mix until it's just starting to thicken. Stir in the cream and heat through. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste, if needed. Serve immediately.


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