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I've never been able to get a good-tasting, crunchy crust on chicken-fried steak with the usual flour-only and egg wash preparation. This recipe has fixed that! I whirred all the dry ingredients in my food processer for easy cracker crushing and to incorporate the spices and baking powder evenly. The crackers and baking powder did the job. Good, crisp well-seasoned crust which doesn't fall off the steak before it's out of the pan. I did not use all the oil it called for. About 1/4 cup oil worked perfectly for me. This is the recipe I've been wanting for 40 years.
My wife and I just made this and we both enjoyed it tremendously! For those that aren't aware of how to get your stove top to 360 - set it between Medium and Medium High heat settings. This is Perfect!
These turned out great. I really liked the mixture of crackers and flour. The times were spot on for cooking on each side. The gravy makes this dish fantastic. I served with mashed potatoes and corn casserole. My family loved it, thank you for sharing this with us.
As is needs some changes but easily fixed. The meat itself was good. I liked the crumb crust, came out well. Although I only needed about half the egg wash.... Had a lot leftover. My issues were more with the gravy. First the meat is salted and peppered then there is a lot of s and p in the sauce. It's too much, can't taste the meat anymore. I cut the s and p in the gravy in half. And the amount of gravy: made twice what is needed as well. Since we had a lot of leftover gravy.... I tossed some dried beef in it to make creamed chipped beef on toast for breakfast the next day.
This was a different dinner for us as we usually don't eat fried food. I made mashed potatoes and green beans with it and my family loved it - especially with the gravy. This is a keeper!
My husband said "we're never going out for fried steak again!" We really, really like this recipe. I didn't have saltines and ended up using some wheat ritz crackers and the breading was super crispy and delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!
Kathy, thanks so much, your recipe is very similar to the one my mom made and I've been making for years. My husband is Italian and he wanted me to put Italian seasoned bread crumbs on.....no way!! He loved it like this and the gravy turned out great, thanks again. posting 2 pix<br/>Perrogal (Robin)
Delicious! I have also cooked pork chops this way. Thanks for posting!
You're right, this is the best chicken-fried steak--I will end my search! I do think half the milk/egg mixture would be enough for the one lb. of meat and I like to make our gravy with half milk and half broth. Anyway, great recipe. Thank you, KathyP53 and Southern Living!
This was very good. Everyone ate the entire steak. I didn't have saltines so I used half Panko and half Ritz crackers. I also had no baking powder (cooking at a friends house makes things harder) so I used some pancake mix in lue of about half the flour since I know there is some added in there already. I also added garlic powder to the flour mix. I will make sure that my oil is hot hot before starting to fry next time, I think mine wasn't quite there but that's my fault. It still came out amazing despite all this. I added a lot more pepper to my gravy and probably salt too, personal preference. I had never had chicken fried steak myself, but the other two eaters had. Yum! Served with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.