What exactly is chicken fried steak?
I went to college in west Texas and every restaurant had chicken fried steak. I grew up in CT and never heard of such a "concoction." I live in Chicago now and have never seen it here either. So what exactly is chicken fried steak and why is it so popular in some parts of the country.
It is a round steak tenderized in a meat tenderizer or beaten by hand. The meat is then dipped in egg mixture and covered with bread crumbs. I then fry them in a small bit of olive oil and serve with country gravy and mashed potatoes. They can be served with hashbrowns, country gravy and eggs.
Restaurants usually fry the chicken fried steak in butter.
Mljdgulley354 describes it very well.
It's popular in diners and country style restaurants because it is a good way to serve a less than perfect cut of beef. I usually see it deep fried though. There is probably a thousand variations across Texas. (The prime cuts are shipped off to the steak houses that few of us can afford. The gravy is usually a flour thickened mixture made from milk and black pepper. You will find that gravy all across the southern states in one form or another. The vegetables served with it depends on what the diner has available. It's a food that was originally meant for people who have physically demanding jobs. Around Dallas, it's a comfort food that I grew up with.
Chicken fried steak is typically a less expensive cut of steak, that is seasoned and coated like you would prepare chicken. Less expensive cuts of steak often have no flavor, and are tough. Therefore the chicken fried steak is also a thinner cut of steak that is tenderized,
The gravy that accompanies the steak is basically to add a complimenting flavor, which is different by region...some use brown gravy, and some use white gravy. Personally I think it's needed to cover up the steak, because the look of the fried steak, is not as appealing as the look of fried chicken.
Occassionally I do fried cube steak, with gravy, a side of rice, peas and biscuits.
I also live in Illinois, after having lived in the 'Deep South", and you CAN find Chicken Fried Steak in Chicago. Hit up some of the Diners downtown.
I think CFS is pretty universal, although admittedly some parts of the country gravitate more towards poached eggs and bernaise sauce. Which I can't understand at All! lol
by kevins blog52 6 years ago
What is your favorite country meal?Mine is cornbread, navy beans,fried potatoes, pork chops, and green onions, hot peppers, and to drink I like fresh cow withe the cream still on top.
by starme77 7 years ago
I personally like steak and shrimp .... oh yeah with a big tall cold one my favorite ... how bout you?
by Faeriephenomenon 8 years ago
What is your favorite dinner?
by Ingenira 5 years ago
What is your favourite Chinese food ?
by HostingInHeels 8 years ago
Steak, of course.Everything "tastes like chicken." And there is only ONE way to cook chicken - well-done - or 170degrees -- risk of salmonella.But how often do you hear people say, "It tastes like steak." There's so much more you can do with a cow than you can with a bird. Think...
by BenWritings 5 years ago
Do you prefer pork, chicken, steak, or seafood?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|