Fantastic Home-style Chicken Fried Steak

Serves 4

Seasoned and breaded to perfection.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour, plus separate 1/4 cup for frying
1 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
4 beef cube steaks
4 cups milk
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
Kosher salt, to taste
3 cups vegetable shortening
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg

Directions:

  1. Tenderize steaks, flatten to 1/4 inch thickness.
  2. Pour flour in a small bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine pepper, baking powder, salt and baking powder. Add in egg, garlic, buttermilk and hot pepper sauce. Stir together until evenly mixed.
  4. Dredge each steak in flour, then in batter and again in batter. Ensure that steaks are covered completely in flour.
  5. Place shortening in skillet, heat to 325° F. Place each steak, one at a time in the skillet, cook 3-5 minutes. Steak should be golden brown. Place on paper towels to dry. Transfer to plates after a few minutes.
  6. Pour out most of the liquid contents from skillet, reserve a small portion and add reserved flour. Whisk together, then add milk. Raise temperature to a simmer and cook 6-7 minutes. Sprinkle in Kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour fresh gravy over plated fried steaks.