Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Best Chicken Fried Steak with Spicy Milk Gravy

This was my first attempt to make chicken fried steak.  I love chicken fried steak but I had always been afraid to make it at home. Let me rephrase, I was not afraid but more but hesitant because so many restaurants make good chicken fried steak then so many make terrible chicken fried steak.  Last weekend I watched one of my favorite celebrity chefs Kelsey Nixon on the Cooking Channel. She made it look easy and I could smell and taste her Chicken Fried Steak with Spicy Milk Gravy through the TV.  So here is my rendition of Kelsey's -Chicken Friend Steak .  It turned out amazing and Kelsey is to thank.  I used spinach and mashed red potatoes for sides. 

Chicken Fried Steak with Spicy Milk Gravy 
( Sides cooked fresh spinach and red mashed potatoes) 

Total Prep Time:  45 mins
Total Marinade time: 2hrs - overnight
Serves: 4 people 

Steak Marinade  

4 - 3-4 once steaks pounded to 1/4 inch thick * I used pre-tenderized steaks from Safeway*
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Chicken Fried Steak Flour 

2 cups flour 
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt 
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cayenne pepper 
1 tsp onion powder 

1-2 cups oil for frying 

Spicy Milk Gravy 

3 tbls butter
3 tbls flour 
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt 
dash black pepper


1. Pound steak if not already pound to 1/4 in thick.  Put 1 1/2 cups buttermilk into a nonreactive dish with steaks. Let marinade overnight if you can but 2 hrs is minimum. 

Remove from fridge and make flour mixture - mix flour and all spices and baking soda in a shallow baking dish.  

2.  Coat steak in flour mixture set aside. 

3. Double coat in flour mixture and put in fridge for 20 mins to chill and allow steaks to rest. 

4.  Heat oil in cast iron fry pan - (Med-High heat) Oil should be hot.  Fry steaks, each steak should take about 3-4 mins on each side. Turn when golden brown. 
Flip side: 

 Remove from pan and warm uncovered in preheated oven 250 while cooking the rest of the steak. 

5. While steaks warm in oven - start gravy.  Melt butter in saucepan and add flour.  Make a rue but do not let the flour or butter start to brown. Once flour and butter make a paste add in broth and milk little by little until thickens.  Then add in hot pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce, salt and peppers.  Taste if needed add more salt and pepper should be creamy and ( pancake batter consistency) 

6. Plate - Put a little gravy on the bottom of the plate then add your sides - I made mashed potatoes and steamed spinach. 

Finish with gravy on top and devour ! 

Amzing dish! I can't wait to make this again.  

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