You can't really call yourself 'southern' unless you've made a big batch of Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy. It's savory, hearty, and the best comfort food you've ever tasted!
When I was a little girl, I called this dish 'Sticky Meat' because it stuck together even after Momma had pounded it with a mallet.
It seemed indestructible at the time...until I tasted it. Wowza! The name 'stuck' and now our entire family calls this dish 'Sticky Meat 'whenever it's served.
How Did This Dish Get Its Name?
If you think that name sounds funny, try telling someone who's not from these parts why we call this dish Chicken Fried Steak. They will look at you like you've lost your mind! The name actually derived from the fact that you use the same technique to fry cube steak as you do to fry chicken. No kidding!
Whatever you call it, this steak with cream gravy is over the top amazing, especially when served with my Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Consider yourself a true southerner if you make this authentic southern meal!
How to Make Chicken Fried Steak
Start by collecting 3 bowls...one for the flour mixture, one for the buttermilk mixture, and one for the steaks once they're battered.
1. Combine 2 cups of flour with garlic salt, dried steak seasoning and dried oregano in the first bowl. Yes, I use dried oregano because it gives the steak a hint of herbed deliciousness. Some southern cooks use paprika, but oregano gives it an extra kick.
2. Whisk egg and buttermilk with salt and pepper in the second bowl.
3. Next, sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper. Begin dredging the cube steak by coating both sides in the flour mixture, then dipping in the buttermilk mixture, and back again in the flour. Be sure to coat both sides of the meat. Add the breaded meat to the last bowl and repeat the process for each cube steak.
Why Should I Use A Cast Iron Skillet?
Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Gently place each breaded cube steak in the skillet and cook about 3 minutes on each side. The oil should sizzle when cooking. If it's not, turn up the heat. When the steaks look golden brown, remove the meat and place in a 13 X 9 casserole dish. Keep warm by covering with foil.
Sauté the sliced onion in skillet drippings for about 2 minutes until transparent. Drain onions and spoon over steaks in casserole dish. Cover with foil while you're making the gravy.
How to Make Cream Gravy
Scrape the bits from the bottom of the skillet, then add flour to the drippings over medium-low heat. You'll have to eyeball the amount of flour you use. I normally start with 3 tablespoons, but sometimes need to add more until the grease is absorbed.
Whisk the flour with drippings for about a minute to cook through, then add milk and turn up the heat to medium, stirring constantly. Whisk gravy while you add garlic salt, pepper and dried oregano.
Once gravy starts to thicken and become smooth, add half and half and stir well until it's the perfect consistency. Taste the gravy to make sure it has enough seasoning. If not, add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the gravy over the steak and onions in the casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until steaks are tender.
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