Citizens, sometimes all a person craves is a vegetal, delicious and healthy bit of lightly-dressed kale.
This is not one of those times.
We want BEEF. FRIED BEEF. FRIED PEPPERY BEEF. FRIED PEPPERY BEEF SMOTHERED IN CREAM GRAVY! FRIED PEPPERY BEEF SMOTHERED IN CREAM GRAVY COOKED IN LARD!!!
Still with me? Good. The Vegans and health nuts have left the building, now it’s just us carnivores and Epicureans who don’t give a damn. 😉 Yes, this recipe is terribly fattening, bad for you and is as artery-clogging as it gets.
Who cares, just eat it occasionally – it’s DELICIOUS! 🙂
Chicken fried steak (also known as country fried steak) is an American breaded cutlet dish consisting of a piece of steak (usually a very cheap cut such as tenderized cube steak) coated with seasoned flour and pan-fried. It is typically associated with the Southern cuisine of the United States.
Chicken fried steak resembles the Austrian dish Wiener Schnitzel and the Italian-South American dish Milanesa, which is a tenderized veal or pork cutlet, coated with flour, eggs, and bread crumbs, and then fried. It is also similar to the recipe for Scottish collops.
The precise origins of the dish are unclear, but many sources attribute its development to German and Austrian immigrants to Texas in the 19th century, who brought recipes for Wiener Schnitzel from Europe to the USA.
Lamesa, the seat of Dawson County on the Texas South Plains, claims to be the birthplace of chicken fried steak, and hosts an annual celebration accordingly.
The Virginia Housewife, published in 1838 by Mary Randolph, has a recipe for veal cutlets that is one of the earliest recipes for a food like chicken fried steak. The recipe for what we now know as chicken fried steak was included in many regional cookbooks by the late 19th century.
The Oxford English Dictionary’s earliest attestation of the term “chicken-fried steak” is from a restaurant advertisement in the 19 June 1914 edition of the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper.
A 1943 American cookbook recipe for Wiener Schnitzel includes a white salt and pepper cream gravy.
Chicken fried steak is among numerous popular dishes which make up the official state meal of Oklahoma, added to the list in 1988.
Citizens, my recipe is resolutely traditional, though I exchange cube steak for round, add some 4-peppercorn blend along with black pepper, a bit of thyme for the gravy and using a hint of Chipotle instead of cayenne for added smokiness. I use the traditional lard for frying, you can use vegetable oil if it makes you feel better. 🙂
This will be the finest dish of its type you have ever sampled, Citizens! Postscript: if you don’t yet have a cast iron frying pan, shame on you – buy one before you even think of making this recipe! Like most food, it is best cooked in cast iron, as is most searing, frying and cooking in general!
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