Chicken Fried Steak (Original Post 11/16/07)

3 cups of all purpose flour
Salt and pepper
1 cup of buttermilk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
6 cube steaks ( 5 ounces each) pounded 1/4 inch thick
4 to 5 cups of vegetable oil

For the steak: Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 200 degrees. Toss the flour 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper in a shallow dish. In a second shallow dish, beat the buttermilk, egg, baking powder, and baking soda together ( it will get foamy).
Pat the steaks dry with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper. Dredge the steaks through the flour, then coat with the buttermilk mixture, then coat again with the flour. Lay the battered steaks on a wire rack.
Pour the oil into a large Dutch oven until it measures 1 inch. Heat the oil over medium high heat until it reached 375 degrees. Fry 3 of the steaks until deep golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Return the oil to 375 and repeat with the remaining steaks. Transfer the steaks to a clean wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.

Okay, so there is the basic recipe. I used package gravy mix, the country kind. Makes it so much easier and a tip on the frying, I used an electric skillet. Easier to regulate the heat. I also did not place on a wire rack before frying. I battered them and put directly into the oil. Came out wonderful!!! Enjoy!!!


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