Chicken Fried Steak is breaded and fried in oil, like fried chicken. One of the great tricks to a great chicken fried steak is to include a touch of sugar in order to caramelize the breading as it fries, then, when the steaks are all fried, leave some of the fried crumblies in the pan. Remove as much oil as will not be needed for the gravy and make white gravy but only after browning the flour (use the leftover seasoned flour, complete with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and that all important sugar). This produces a not so quite 'white', milk gravy, with a richer and more enjoyable flavor. Don't try to bread recently defrosted meat unless it has been thoroughly dried, e.g. - with paper towels. Mashed potatoes, skins still on, are fabulous with such a dish, and are most easily done via a crockpot, IMHO.... but it's all quite tough on the waist line, so we don't make it often any more...... *sigh*....
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Chicken Fried Steak is breaded and fried in oil, like fried chicken. One of the great tricks...